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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page. Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

You have a lovely page.  I'm going to add it to our links page.  Thank you again, and God bless you.



Michael Duricy, Coordinator of the Academic Program at IMRI, attended the annual meeting of the College Theology Society (CTS) in San Antonio from May 31 - June 3, 2012.  The convention was held at UD's Marianist sister college, Saint Mary's of Texas.  The CTS provided display space for the distribution of materials on The Marian Library and the International Marian Research Institute.

Among the many talks which Michael attended was Vatican II's Ecclesiotypical Mariology in Contemporary Translation: What to Make of the 'Virgin Church'? by Julia A. Feder of Notre Dame (Indiana).  A similar article on Mary by this author is available online for free download from the eScholar website at Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.

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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.  In fact, I found the Fatima essay very useful for film scholars as it analyzed several films that are not well-known due to their limited distribution.  Those interested in Marian films should note that the Mother of Jesus was discussed briefly several times throughout the book.  Similarly, they should note that The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen, Dr. O'Brien's 2011 book on Mary in film, is available from Columbia University Press.

Suggested A/V material

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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 20, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with guests and listeners about Our Lady of Victory and the Fortnight of Prayer launched by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops in Washington DC and throughout the USA from June 21-July 4, 2012, St. John the Baptist and his feast day, June 24, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Gertrude the Great, Mary of Agreda, and the Holy Face devotion and prayers.

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 19, 2012, Francesca chats with Dr. Anthony Talbott of the University of Dayton's Political Science Department regarding human trafficking, the modern-day slavery of children, teens, and women running rampant in society today.  This problem exists throughout the world. Learn what is being done about it internationally, nationally, and locally, and how you can help run-away youth and abused women who find themselves locked into these ungodly, hopeless situations.  Dr. Talbott will share what is being done by law enforcement, sociologists, and in the schools to help identify and eradicate this great social blight and multi-million dollar business that enslaves.  Dr. Talbott discusses warning signals and clues, and shows how to help curtail these modern-day slavery enslavement situations.

T5H recipe from Francesca's Sicilian kitchen: Baked Ziti

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 Johann G. Roten, S.M., Thursday, June 21, 2:30 PM on Mary in Catechisms

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, June 22, 2:30 PM on Mary and Children II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Model For Our Season: St. Thomas More, God's Servant First by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

St. Thomas More, patron of statesmen and politicians, serves as a model of charity, courage, and fidelity for all seasons.  Like Americans today, he was challenged in sixteenth-century England to rise to the defense of his faith and the liberty of the Church.

In the superb play and film, A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, Thomas More is deftly portrayed as a martyr of conscience.  He is unyielding in his stance against King Henry VIII's move to divorce Catherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn.  Ours is a season in which Christians face the challenge of remaining true to the faith despite political pressure, the threat of sanctions, and the stigma of social ostracism.  The recent HHS mandate is but one example.

Henry VIII Weakens

The reign of King Henry VIII began with much hope for England.  In fact, More had called Henry "the everlasting glory of our time."  But gradually the situation deteriorated, and after seventeen years on the throne and seventeen years of marriage to Catherine, Henry began an affair with Anne.  Nor was it his first affair.  Determined to put Catherine aside and marry Anne, he asked the pope to declare his marriage invalid.

The sixteenth century was a tumultuous time for the Catholic Church in Europe.  England had experienced occasional conflicts between the Church and the crown, but now the Reformation was in full swing.  Martin Luther had already separated much of Germany from Rome.  A faction in England with a political and religious agenda saw an opportunity to sabotage the Church's authority and encouraged Henry in that direction.  But Henry needed little encouragement and was already moving to assert royal control over the Church and bypass Rome in his plan to marry Anne.  Gradually a strategy unfolded to undermine the authority of the hierarchy by advocating parliamentary "reform" of clerical "abuses."

The king tried to enlist the keen legal mind and impeccable reputation of Thomas More to support his divorce effort.  But More declined and carefully presented his reasons.  The unsatisfied Henry ordered More to re-examine the king's position with advisors who sided with the king.  More did so, and pointed out that the key question was not in the details of the marriage law, but in the king's desire to dictate Church teaching and discipline, to define what it meant to be Catholic in England.  That authority belonged to the bishops in union with the pope.

Lord Chancellor

The disappointed Henry still believed that he could sway More to his side by appointing him lord chancellor.  More did not want the position, but saw it as an opportunity to defend the Church's liberty and possibly steer Henry away from a break with Rome.  Besides, refusal was hardly an option.

Without ever speaking ill of Henry, More worked diligently to defend the Church's liberty, and lobbied members of Parliament to reject unjust bills.  He was loyal to the monarch, but God's servant first.

As the situation deteriorated, Henry pressured the English bishops and levied enormous fines on them.  In the name of correcting clerical 'abuses' he asked the bishops to grant him authority to make rules concerning the Church.  The bishops refused and issued a stern statement of refusal. Henry responded with open threats of imprisonment and veiled threats of death unless he be given full power of Church governance.  When the bishops met again to formulate their reply, he gave them an ultimatum to capitulate to him that very day or suffer the consequences.  In a close vote, the bishops succumbed.

Thomas More resigned the next day.  Though he never criticized the king, all of England and other countries understood why he removed himself as chancellor.  And the king's ire was obvious.

Thomas More insisted that the spiritual authority and rightful liberty of the Church were given by God to be exercised by the bishops in union with the pope.  No secular power, no king, no parliament, nor any civil law has jurisdiction over one's soul or the Church's beliefs.  No ruler has the right to determine Church teaching or to direct the bishops in governing Church life.

More's resignation stung.  It would have been easier for him to give in to the king, as many did, even priests and bishops.  But his well-formed conscience dictated otherwise.  He obeyed every lawful directive of the king, but he was God's servant first.  He knew only too well that no human law contrary to God's law was binding.

Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy, which declared Henry VIII the supreme head of the Church in England.  To deny that title became a capital crime.  Each subject was required to swear an oath affirming it, or face imprisonment.

Silence Speaks Louder ...

Henry very much wanted the agreement and support of Thomas More, so stellar was his reputation as a statesman.  But More, an astute lawyer, knew he could not be executed for a simple refusal to swear an oath.  He sought strength in silence and in prayer.

Soon Sir Thomas More was arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London.  His property was confiscated, and that impoverished his family.  Repeatedly he was asked if he denied the King Henry VIII's new title.  To reply honestly meant death, so More remained silent.  After a year of imprisonment the crown charged him with treason for allegedly denying the king's new title in a conversation with one of the king's agents.  More unequivocally denied the charge.


The trial of Thomas More is one of the most celebrated in English history.  His masterful defense practically upset the carefully laid plot to condemn him.  One account reports More arguing that just as the city of London lacked authority to annul an act of Parliament for the whole of England, so Parliament lacked authority to transfer governance of the Church to the monarch because the Church was entrusted by God to the bishops and the pope.  He explained that this was embodied in the Magna Carta two centuries earlier and was recognized by all Christendom.  The chief judge was stymied and hesitated, "loath to have the burden of that judgment wholly to depend on him."  After consulting with his colleagues he finally condemned More without ruling on his objection.

Hero, Model, Martyr

St. Thomas More's defense of the faith and his exceptional fidelity and courage were not the only lessons he leaves us.  During his last days he radiated the transforming power of God's grace, the divine gifts of faith and charity.  He was never bitter.  Daily he prayed for Henry and gave thanks for the spiritual gain he obtained from his imprisonment--"the very greatest" of "all the great benefits" the king "has heaped so thickly upon me."

He wrote to his daughter that God would bring good from his death: "no matter how bad it seems, it will be the best."

The king's messenger wept when he brought the news to More that he would die that day, but the martyr-to-be encouraged him with these words: "Be not discomforted, for I trust that we shall, once in heaven, see each other full merrily, where we shall be sure to live and love together in joyful bliss eternally."

His Final Words

When Thomas More mounted a scaffold on Tower Hill and his masked executioner stood at the ready with axe in hand, a crowd waited to hear his final statement.  Contrary to custom, Henry was ordered that he "not use many words," because More was a formidable advocate, and Henry's assumption of supremacy over the Church was politically unpopular.  The king had strongly pressured Parliament with unprecedented bribes and threats.  He would take no chances now.

More's case was already widely known.  Only three years earlier Sir Thomas was lord chancellor, second only to the king himself in the entire realm.  His integrity was impeccable.  He had an international reputation as a humanist, scholar, writer, and jurist.  He had been among Henry's most loyal advisors.  Now he stood alone at the executioner's block.

Actually the king had nothing to fear from More's last words from the scaffold, for an eyewitness account records that, "He spoke little before his execution.  He asked only that those looking on would pray to God for him on this side, and he would pray for them on the other side.  Then he begged them earnestly to pray to God for the king, that God would give him good counsel, protesting that he died the king's good servant, but God's first."

For all seasons and for all peoples St. Thomas More is a model of patriotism, citizenship, and faith in action--God's servant first.

N.B. Brother Samaha added: "This piece is not Marian in nature, but it would be appropriate for the feast of St. Thomas More on June 22."  Brother John also sent the prayer below, written by this saint.

Prayer for a Holy Heart by St. Thomas More (1478-1535)

Lord, grant me a holy heart
that sees always what is pure
and is not frightened at the sight of sin,
but creates order wherever it goes.

Grant me a heart that knows nothing
of boredom, weeping, and sighing.
Let me not be too concerned
with the bothersome thing I call "myself."

Lord, give me a sense of humor,
and I will find happiness in life
and profit for others.

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Last Chance to See the 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.  Next year's academic program has also been posted!  Use tabs at the top of the page(s) to navigate between semesters.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Marian Poetry in Ordinary Time.

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 have revised Polish Poetry, Marian Library Studies, and Chronology of Events Related to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Local Legion of Mary Meeting

Title: Dayton Curia Meeting

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2012, 1-4 p.m.

Location: Paw Paw Camp Shelter in the Hills and Dales Park, Kettering, Ohio

The Legion of Mary invites you and your family to be our guest at the Dayton Curia meeting followed by a picnic!  The meeting includes the Rosary, spiritual reading, an inspirational talk, and business.  The picnic will include healthy and delicious salads, desserts, grilled hamburgers, and hotdogs.

Rain or shine in the lovely shelter!  Parking and reservations available at the camp.  Faculty, Staff, and Students associated with ML/IMRI are especially welcome!

RSVP by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6 to Gloria Dodd at or 937-229-1431.  Please leave a message if you get the automated answering services.

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Cardinal Ouellet's Homily at the Closing Mass of the Eucharistic Congress
Let us Bear Witness to This Grace by Calling Others to Faith in this Communion
Source: Zenit (Dublin, Ireland) June 17, 2012

Here is the text of the homily given today at the Closing Mass of the fiftieth International Eucharistic Congress by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Papal Legate to the Congress.

Dear brothers and sisters,

The fiftieth occurrence of the International Eucharistic Congress is now coming to a close.  We are deeply grateful to God for the light of His Word and for the gift of the Holy Eucharist, which strengthen our communion with Christ and with one another....

We are not alone.  The Spirit of Pentecost dwells in us.  The communion of saints, with Mary at its heart, comes to our assistance as soon as we have rung the bell of prayer in total confidence.  Keep hope and be glad, for the kingdom of God is near! ...

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.

Exhausted in the Vatican: The Final Battles of Pope Benedict XVI
Source: Der Spiegel (Spiegel Online International), June 15, 2012

Finally, there is clarity.  The Holy See has cleared things up and made the document accessible to all: a handout on checking whether apparitions of the Virgin Mary are authentic.  Everything will be much easier from now on.  The Roman Catholic Church has taken a step forward.

This "breaking news" from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) reveals the kinds of issues the Vatican is concerned with--and the kind of world in which some there live.  It's a world in which the official Church investigation of Virgin Mary sightings is carefully regulated while cardinals in the Roman Curia, the Vatican's administrative and judicial apparatus, wield power with absolutely no checks and the pope's private correspondence turns up in the desk drawers of a butler....

Click here to read the complete article.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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