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Jill Slater, archivist for the Marian Library, attended the Society of Ohio Archivists annual meeting on May 18, with her colleagues, Rachel Bilokonsky, and Colleen Mahoney.  The three UD archivists attended sessions on such diverse topics as grant projects, marketing, social media, and sustainability.  Jill presented a session entitled Mind Mapping for Archival Processing: using Personal Brain Software to Facilitate Arrangement of the Auguste Martin Collection with Amy Rohmiller of the Ohio Historical Society, a former volunteer in the Marian Library.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Book on Catholicism in Film

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, an MSA member [and former officer] who spoke on Mary in Film at their 2009 annual meeting, informed us about a collection of essays on the relationship between Roman Catholicism and films of the fantastic edited by Regina Hansen and published in 2011, Roman Catholicism in Fantastic Film: essays on belief, spectacle, ritual and imagery.  This text may be borrowed through OhioLink or purchased from amazon.  Dr. O'Brien added that one essay, "Our Lady of Fatima and Marian Myth in Portuguese Cinema" by Paulo Cunha and Daniel Ribas, was notable for its Marian content.  We are grateful to her for providing us with this information.  The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen, Dr. O'Brien's 2011 book on Mary in film, is available from Columbia University Press.

Suggested Video

For Greater Glory, a dramatic film based on the Cristero War in Mexico, has been playing in theaters in the United States since June 1, 2012.  Based on fact, the film tells the moving story of the struggle of the Catholic people in Mexico during the 1920s against religious oppression, some to the point of martyrdom as recognized by the Catholic Church.  Images of Mary, especially Our Lady of Guadalupe, as well as of Jesus and various saints are shown frequently, acting as ethnic and Catholic artifacts which illustrate the main themes of this powerful historical drama.  The MPAA gave the movie an 'R' rating, appropriate given the extensive action violence, and some other objectionable material, especially the torture of a young martyr.  Having seen it recently, I found it to be a fine film with a good message, and I recommend it for adults, and perhaps even for mature young adults.  Sensitive viewers of any age might be better off waiting for television broadcasts edited for a more general audience.  The Knights of Columbus played a role in those events and were mentioned in the film.  Below are some related comments from a local church bulletin.

The Knights of Columbus organization is encouraging people to go to the movies and see a newly-released film entitled For Greater Glory.  Supreme Knight, Carl A. Anderson, writes: "This movie powerfully tells the largely unknown story of the Cristero War and the struggles for religious freedom in Mexico during the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico in the late 1920s.... The film is unique inasmuch as it is a major motion picture that treats a religious subject with great respect and understanding."  The film is a "spiritual journey" reflecting upon the example of the saintly Mexican Martyrs who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom.  For further information see

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer composed by the late Pope John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, direct our choices in life, console us in the hour of trial, so that faithful to God and to us, we can face with humble boldness, the mysterious ways of the heavens to bring to the mind and heart of every person the joyful announcement of Christ, our Redeemer.  Mary, Star of Evangelization, walk with us, guide Radio Maria and be its protector.

Francesca Franchina, MS Ed., a long-time member of the Marianist Family, will be doing a series of Marian broadcasts through the local stations for Radio Maria WHJM (FM 88.7) in Anna, Ohio and WULM (AM 1600) in Springfield, Ohio.  Called "Francesca and Friends: Why Mary?," the program airs every Wednesday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST focusing on what is going on in the world about Mary, how to speak with others about Mary, and Mary in Scripture.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Wednesday, June 13, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with acclaimed author, speaker, theologian, and founder of Word On Fire, Father Robert Barron, priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, about his life, growing up Catholic, his education, vocation to the priesthood, media work, and his passionate study of art, architecture, music, and history, which he calls upon throughout his global travels and in the making of his excellent ground-breaking ten-part documentary series and study program, Catholicism, that airs on PBS and EWTN; his appointment to become President/Rector of Mundelein Seminary in Chicago in July 2012 and how all these things mesh with the New Evangelization!  Every week Father writes an article on current events or sacred days/celebrations during the year and posts Word On Fire programs on the popular Word on Fire YouTube channel, and the Word on Fire website.  Learn more about Father Barron and his blessed apostolic ministry his life, latest news releases, and info at

Francesca and Friends with Francesca Franchina, National OSIA Trustee, is now being broadcast throughout the New York City metropolitan area at 11 pm on Friday nights on WSNR 620 AM, as well as on other local  Radio Maria USA frequencies,  and streaming on  This is the replay of the program originating on the preceding Wednesday at noon EST.  Give a listen every Friday at 11 PM; Mondays at 8:30 PM and LIVE on Wednesdays at noon EST.

The broadcast may also be heard on-line at  The website also provides access to some previous broadcasts.  We'll keep you informed about future programs.  An encore of each show is broadcast Monday night from 8:30-9:30 pm EST one week after the original.

Fran's series, Through the Tummy to the Heart, (T5H) airs every Tuesday from 5:00-5:45 PM on RADIO MARIA WHJM and also online. The series encores Saturdays from 3:00-3:45 pm.  Tune in 88.7 FM (WHJM) in the northern Archdiocese of Cincinnati and on line at from anywhere in the world. Send email to Francesca with questions, comments, suggestions at Send email while the programs are going on if you cannot get through or if you are listening outside of the USA.  CALL IN TOLL-FREE.  PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM (during the live show) 1-866-333-6279.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, Francesca chats with Deacon Marty Brown of Holy Rosary Parish in St. Mary's, Ohio, Pam Long, Regional Director for the Catholic Social Action Office, and Willard Dahlinghaus, of Minster, Ohio, about the upcoming Rural-Urban Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Binzer at Ron and Deb Wilker's farm, 10675 Tri-Township Road, St. Mary's, Ohio on Thursday, June 21, 2012 in their huge family farm tool shed that seats three hundred!  Learn about old and new traditions getting back to the roots of this traditional Mass and the inauguration of the Catholic Century Farm Registry.  Sixteen farming families in the northern area of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be honored this year as families that have been farming the same land for one hundred years.  All are welcome to attend the Mass and dinner.  Call the Catholic Social Action office at 937-224-3026 for reservations.

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Italian-style fried chicken

This week's program and all Francesca's programs are archived on-line.

Living with Mary Today! Live: Thursdays and Fridays 2:30-3:00 PM EST: From the Pontifical International Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton Marian Library, internationally-known Mariologists Fathers Bertrand Buby, François Rossier, Johann Roten, and Thomas Thompson of the Society of Mary (Marianists), and other IMRI faculty; Michael Duricy, Jean Frisk, and others will discuss Marian themes such as The Blessed Mother and Ecumenism; Mary and The Family; Mary and Suffering, Marian Teachings and Writings of Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI; Mary and Scripture from the Founder of the Marianists, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade; Mary and Vatican II, Marian Apparitions, and others.  The Marian Library at the University of Dayton houses the largest collection of Marian books and artifacts in the world, and IMRI is one of the two sites of post-graduate studies in Mariology for the STL and STD.  Find out more by visiting  The University of Dayton; The Marian Library, and IMRI are collaborators with the International Satellite Radio Maria Network and Radio Maria Ohio.  Click here for the schedule of future programs planned to date.  Click here for the new audio archive!

This week's programs:

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Thursday, June 14, 2:30 PM on Marian Apparitions

Father Dwight Campbell, Friday, June 15, 2:30 PM on the Hearts of Jesus and Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Marianist Honored as Pastoral Musician of the Year by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) will honor Brother Howard Hughes, S.M., as Pastoral Musician of the Year when it gathers for its national convention in Washington, DC, July 29 – August 2, 2012.

In his letter of invitation to Brother Howard Hughes, the President of NPM, J. Michael McMahon, declared, "Board Members agreed unanimously that you have created compositions for the liturgy that are beautiful, delightful, and spirited, and that have fostered strong participation by the worshiping assembly as they pray the texts you have set to music."

The Marianist composer's first published work was Mass for Peace which appeared in People's Mass Book, 1964 edition, released by World Library Publications. As liturgical celebration developed in the English vernacular following the Second Vatican Council, Brother Howard produced a wide range of liturgical compositions published by WLP, GIA, ICEL, OCP, LTP, CFCW, FDLC, USCC, RP, NPM, Presbyterian Church USA, and in The United Methodist Hymnal Companion. Along the way he earned a master's degree in liturgical music (MLM) in 1988 from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. Now at the age of eighty-one, he is still composing and accepting commissions for special events.

In 1985 the University of Dayton bestowed on him its Distinguished Alumnus Award for his pioneering work in composing liturgical music for the vernacular after Vatican II.

A Marianist religious for sixty-four years, this distinguished liturgical musician and composer began as a high school teacher of French and director of high school choral groups. In addition, Brother Howard also sang in symphonic choruses in New York and in Baltimore. He commented that "conducting high school choral concerts and singing with adult symphonic choruses have been a great help in learning to write music."

Currently the awardee serves as organist and music director for the Marianist Center in Cupertino, CA.

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Current Exhibit

Creative Images: The Story of the Savior in the Hidden Images of Biblical Events

The University of Dayton's Marian Library gallery will feature works of artist, Catholic deacon, and University of Dayton alumnus, Ned Ostendorf, who died in 2009 from May 7 through June 23, on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  This exhibit is free and open to the public.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday and Sunday by appointment by calling 937-229-4214.  Click here for more information or here for a virtual exhibit.

We have a permanent crèche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crèche collections.  There is also a general page to give to all areas of ML/IMRI and Roesch.

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Web Collaborators

Two important Catholic websites have added The Mary Page to their list of Media Partners. highlights items from The Mary Page in their section on Catholic News. includes a Mariology section on their navbar with articles from The Mary Page.  Please visit these sites in return.  We expect continued collaboration with them in the future.

Radio Maria originated east of Milan, Italy in 1983, and is now heard in fifty-four countries.  The main USA station is in Alexandria, Louisiana with affiliate stations across the USA [including FM 88.7, WHJM,  in Anna, Ohio (north of Dayton) and AM 1600, WULM, in Springfield/Dayton, Ohio.  All USA Radio Maria stations regularly air live Marian talks from UD's Marian Library every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00 pm EST and on Thursday and Friday from 2:30-3:00 pm EST, as well as local programming originating from many other affiliated Radio Maria stations in the USA.

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International Marian Research Institute Course Schedule

IMRI courses for the Summer 2012 semester commenced on June 4, 2012.

The Pontifical Academic Program leading to STL and STD in theology with a specialization in Marian Studies offers courses in three year-round sessions.  See our course offerings for Summer 2012.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and The Marian Devotion of Saint Anthony of Padua.

We have revised and expanded our material in Chinese.  This is a work in progress, so expect more content soon.  Feel free to let us know what you think of this section.

We have posted the Program for the Twenty-Third International Marian and Mariological Congress to be held in Rome next September.  We also revised our material on Marian shrines in Poland, including a new section on Polish Roadside Chapels and posted a new page with a Chronology of Events Related to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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ESBVM USA to Meet in Maryland

Title: Semi-annual meeting of the U.S. branch of the Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

Location: Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church, in Linthicum, Maryland

The meeting will begin with coffee and registration at 9 AM and continue until noon.  Lunch will be available for a small donation, to be followed by a business meeting of the society.  The meeting is open to all (no registration fee) and all are invited to attend the business meeting.

The meeting will open with a short ecumenical prayer and feature three presentations.  First, Bruce Lawrence, who is completing his M.A. in theology at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, will speak on the Formula of Reunion, a short creedal statement that helped to reunite the Church in 433 AD after a brief schism following the Council of Ephesus.  This was the period when the Church officially acknowledged Mary as the God-bearer (Theotokos) and Marian devotion began to develop. Bruce is a member of the Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church where the meeting will be held.

Then, the Rev. Warren Tanghe, Associate Pastor at the Church of the Resurrection, Ellicott City, Maryland, will speak on Preaching Mary.  Father Tanghe has had a long association with the ESVBM, and we are excited that he will be presenting for us at this meeting.

Finally, ESBVM USA president, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, will speak on the work of the late Rev. Dr. Donald Lacy, his books, and his overall contribution to the ESBVM.  Rev. Dr. Lacy was a United Methodist minister in Indiana who had long been active in ecumenical activities and the promotion of devotion to Mary--a real embodimentof the goals of the ESBVM.

Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church is located at 105 North Camp Meade Road, Linthicum, Maryland, just minutes from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. More information on the church and directions can be found at  Also, more information on the ESBVM and updated information on this meeting may be found at

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Former Colombian Prisoners Recount Torments
Met the Pope to Thank Him for His Prayer
Source: Zenit (Rome) June 8, 2012

After Wednesday's general audience, Benedict XVI greeted a group of Colombian men who for fourteen years were prisoners of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  After their meeting with the Pope, they spoke with the press from the Colombian embassy to the Holy See, recounting some of the torments of their years as captives.

With chains around their necks which transformed them into human lightning conductors, they were hungry and humiliated.  Friendship with the guerrillas ended when they received an order to kill the hostages.  Reading the Bible, faith in Jesus and Mary, and knowing that the Pope was praying for them, were reasons for faith and hope....

Click here to read the complete article.

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The director and editors of The Mary Page under the auspices of the International Marian Research Institute do not necessarily endorse or agree with the events and ideas expressed in this feature. Our sole purpose is to report on items about Mary gleaned from a myriad of papers representing the secular press.

Exhibit Update
Source: Grapevine (University of Dayton), March, 2012

Items from US Catholic Collection and The Marian Library are currently on display in the second floor display cases of Roesch Library.  The exhibits, Catholic and Marian Devotion and Catholicism in Mid-Century America, explore these themes through materials from the archival collections.  Like the popular rosary, Catholic and Marian devotional objects are small and can be easily transported, fit into one's pocket, or even be worn.  On display are scapulars, holy cards, badges, pious souvenirs, and prayer cards from the 1870s through 1960s.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of June with Mary:

The Mary Page offers a variety of resources inviting study, reflection and meditation.  We also list important Marian dates for each month of the year.  Please see Marian Commemoration Days for the month of June.

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Prayer Corner

You are invited to help us pray for our Prayer Corner intentions.  Please take a look!  This site has been updated and enhanced and now allows users to submit prayer requests directly or to volunteer as a prayer partner for these intentions!

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