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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.

A million thanks!

Brother John


Father François Rossier, S.M., Executive Director of ML/IMRI, is most pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jason Bourgeois as Librarian/Theologian in the Marian Library/IMRI made official on June 20, 2012.  Jason's contract starts on July 1.  Since this is a Sunday, he will begin to work with us on the following Monday, July 2.  We take this opportunity to join you all in extending a warm welcome to Jason and wish him a happy association with the Marian Library/IMRI and Roesch Library Family.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Silver Anniversary of Encyclical on Mary

To celebrate twenty-five years since John Paul II issued Redemptoris Mater, Pauline Books and Media is publishing an anniversary edition [release date: September 2012] of Mother of the Redeemer with commentary by M. Jean Frisk, Assistant for Art and Special Projects at ML/IMRI.

Their twenty-fifth anniversary edition provides the complete text of the encyclical, accompanied by a commentary from M. Jean Frisk that makes the language of the papal document more accessible.  In three sections, readers are given a comprehensive overview of Mary's place in the mystery of Christ, the Church, and humanity through her "exceptional pilgrimage of faith."

Jean Frisk's commentary helps readers understand the encyclical not only with their minds but with their hearts.  With her warm and inviting style, she engages readers through reflection questions, ideas to ponder, and invitations to prayer and action.  Reading the encyclical becomes a way to encounter Mary and allow her to lead us to a closer relationship with her Son.

A member of the Secular Institute of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, M. Jean Frisk holds a licentiate in sacred theology from the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.  Her research explores how we teach about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in catechetical texts and media resources.  She has authored award-winning texts on various aspects of Marian spirituality, is a textbook consultant, and teaches Marian catechesis at the International Marian Research Institute where she also oversees the maintenance of Marian art and a vast collection of nativities.

This text [ISBN 0-8198-4902-2, 128 pages] will be available in paperback for $8.95.  To order, visit the Pauline Books website linked above or call 1-800-876-4463.  We will provide additional information closer to the release date.

Suggested A/V material

Joseph Chavez, an IMRI student, emailed us the following information.  I enjoyed the clip below myself, and encourage you to sample it too.

My daughter, Kaylah (10 yr.), and I just finished recording and uploaded the Litany of Mary in Latin on YouTube.  Our goal is to lead souls to Jesus through Mary.  Please show your Marian support and pay a visit.  Ave Maria!

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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 27, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with Chris Jasek of Our Lady of Good Hope Parish (Miamisburg, OH) about Presentation Ministries (Cincinnati, OH) and the July 2012 Bible Institute (Our Lady of Guadalupe Bible College) founded by Father Al Lauer, nationally-known radio host and creator of the daily inspirational One Bread, One Body and its theme "Mary, the Pathway to Living in the Power of the Holy Spirit" presented by this year's keynote speaker, Father Bob Hogan BBD, Founder of the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple (San Antonio,TX).  The discussion focuses on the mission of Presentation Ministries and its great accomplishments including the Annual Bible Institute at Xavier University that includes many noted liturgical celebrants and speakers including M. Rev. Joseph R. Binzer (Cincinnati, OH), Father Chris Clay, Father Rob Jack, and the music ministry of Bill Richart and many excellent presenters.  Deacon Ralph Poyo, founder of New Evangelization Ministries (Steubenville, OH) will present the teen program on "Authentic Discipleship."  Learn about the week-long chock-full-of-good stuff for all ages including the St. John Bosco Youth Theater presentation of Esther, the Life in the Spirit seminar, intercessory prayer, healing, spiritual gifts, Mary, Mother of the Church and Our Mother, Christian Community, and so much more!  For information and registration see or call 513-922-0923.

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 26, 2012, Francesca and Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., Editor of the Journal of Christian Healing, and Past President of the International Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) continue their discussion on the power of the Holy Spirit: how the Spirit carries us as we tend to magnify our wounds and define ourselves by our weaknesses and fears, and how we often miss the Holy Spirit who is closer to us than we are even to ourselves.  Learn how to turn to the Holy Spirit and be a person of expectant faith, hope, and love. [cf. Romans 8:26-28]

Today's recipe from Francesca's Italian kitchen: tasty and quick Farfalle (Butterflies AKA Bowties in the pasta-making world) with Alfredo sauce, peas, and mushrooms.

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 28, 2:30 PM on Mary and Prayer

Dr. Deyanira Flores, Friday, June 29, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Popes

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Source of Our Civilization by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

When asking others--young or old, student or adult--what they know about the Catholic Church, the reply is usually incorrect or misinformed. Often the ready response from the generality of humankind be may a single word like "corrupt" or "abusive" or "wealthy."

But an accurate and appropriate one-word reply would be "civilization."  The Western civilization we enjoy has delivered the miracles of modern science, the wealth of free-market economics, the security of the rule of law, charity as a virtue with all the benefits it offers, striking art, architecture, and music, philosophy grounded in reason, and countless other gifts that we take for granted as the wealthiest and most powerful civilization in history.

Have we considered the source of these gifts of our civilization?  Best-selling author, university professor Thomas E. Woods, Jr., provides the long neglected and overlooked answer: the Catholic Church.  He offers the complete and documented background in his recent book, How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization (Regnery Publishing, Inc., 2009).  Deftly he dispels the glib and erroneous notions about the Church passed on to unquestioning high school and college students by ill-informed teachers, and seldom challenged by unsuspecting adults.  Early on, the author debunks the thought that the Middle Ages were the Dark Ages.  Quite the contrary, for medieval times were an era of remarkable progress in advancing civilization.

In this engaging book, Woods clearly and convincingly addresses topics like these and others: how modern sciences were developed and promoted in and by the Catholic Church and its institutions; how Catholic scholars--priests, religious and laity--developed free-market economics five centuries before Adam Smith; how the Church invented and grew the idea of the university; how Church positions on various questions were misunderstood and distorted; how Western law grew out of the Canon Law of the Church; and how the Church humanized the West by insisting on the sacredness of all human life.

There is no institution that has done more to shape Western civilization in the past two-thousand years than the Catholic Church.  This came about in ways that many have never known or have been forgotten.  Dr. Woods encourages and aids us to recover these lost or misplaced truths.

Other fascinating books by Thomas E. Woods, Jr., are: the New York Times best-seller, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History; The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholic Intellectuals and the Progressive Era; and The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy.

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New Exhibit!

Seeing the Savior: Christians in the Visual Arts

The University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery will feature a traveling art exhibit featuring works from a variety of artistic and ethnic backgrounds running Monday, June 25, through Friday, Aug. 31, in the gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library. 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 will conclude on July 20, 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 have also revised Polish Poetry and Mary and Justice.

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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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Vatican Unveils Logo for Year of Faith
Calendar Outlined for Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) June 21, 2012

Officials of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization unveiled today at the Vatican the logo and and calendar of events for the Year of Faith, which Benedict XVI has called for Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013.  Archbishop Rino Fisichella and Monsignor Graham Bell, respectively president and under-secretary of the new evangelization council, also presented the website for the year....

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization then went on to present the logo of the Year of Faith in which the image of a ship symbolizes the Church.  The mast of the vessel is a cross with full-blown sails which form the monogram of Christ (IHS) and in the background is a sun representing the Eucharist.  The website of the event is available in various languages and can be consulted by smart-phone and tablet.  The Year also has an official hymn entitled: Credo, Domine, adauge nobis fidem [I believe, O Lord.  Increase our faith.]  A multilingual pastoral guide entitled Living the Year of Faith is due to be published in early September and pilgrims will receive an image of the Christ from the cathedral of Cefalu in Sicily, with the Creed written on the back....

Finally, Archbishop Fisichella turned his attention to the most important events of the Year of Faith, those to be celebrated in Rome in the presence of the Holy Father.  These include: the opening of the year on Oct. 11, 2012 with a solemn Eucharistic celebration concelebrated by the Synod Fathers, the presidents of the world's Episcopal conferences and by Council Fathers who are still alive; ... October 13, 2013 will focus on the presence of Mary in the Church; and finally, the closing celebration of the Year of Faith will take place on November 24, 2013.

Dr. Gloria Dodd offered the following comments as an interpretation: "The feast of Our Lady of Fatima during the month of the Rosary in 2013 will be the Marian day in the upcoming Year of Faith. The logo of the ship with an IHS and the sun representing the Eucharist also evokes Don Bosco's dream of the Church as a ship tied between two pillars of the Eucharist and Mary to withstand the tempest and attacks from other boats."
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.

"Rosary Priest" Remembered During Family Rosary's Seventieth Anniversary Celebration and Family Theater Production's Sixty-fifth Anniversary
Source: Press Release from Holy Cross Family Ministries (Easton, Mass.), June 20, 2012

It all started when one father prayed one Rosary in one home.  Today, that singular act has touched the lives of twenty-eight million people in seventeen countries--and it continues to spread!

Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, began his ministry seventy years ago with the goal of building family unity through daily prayer of the Rosary.  He was inspired by his own father, who more than a century ago started praying the Rosary with his family in their poor but spiritually rich home.

That became the foundation for Father Peyton (1909-92), also known as the "Rosary Priest," who went on to lead millions in prayer at rallies around the world and created a ministry that would use radio, movies, television, billboards and more to spread his message of support for families.  His efforts to serve the faithful continue today through his cornerstone mission, Family Rosary, (founded in 1942), and Family Theater Productions (founded in 1947), as well as the Father Peyton Family Institute--all serving Jesus Christ and His Church throughout the world by promoting and supporting the spiritual well-being of the family.

Father Peyton devoted his life to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and praying her Rosary.  He became gravely ill as a seminarian and the doctors had no hope of recovery.  So he did as his father, John, had taught him back home in Ireland.  The result changed his life and the lives of millions of other people.

"Father Peyton was a seminarian, studying at the University of Notre Dame, when he was stricken with tuberculosis," said Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries.  "He prayed his Rosary to the Blessed Mother and made a miraculous recovery.  From that moment, he knew he was to be the one to carry out her apostolate, her ministry to bring families together for Rosary prayer, just as his family had done."

Armed with that conviction, Father Peyton went on to become one of the most influential American Catholic priests of the twentieth century.  He was a media pioneer, using the entertainment industry to further his mission of family Rosary prayer in honor of Mary and her son Jesus.  The programs he produced featured some of Hollywood's biggest stars--Bing Crosby, Loretta Young, Grace Kelly, James Cagney, Bob Hope and many more--while his Family Rosary Crusades were attended by millions of people around the globe.

During the course of his ministry, which would span half a century, Father Peyton would touch the lives of countless individuals with his kindness, sincerity and devotion to Mary.  Over the years, he would advocate for families by preaching two powerful and memorable sayings: "The Family That Prays Together Stays Together." and "A World at Prayer Is a World at Peace."

Today, Father Peyton's legacy lives on through Holy Cross Family Ministries, which oversees the work of Family Rosary in seventeen countries, Family Theater Productions, and the Father Peyton Family Institute.  These ministries continue to reach out to families by providing millions of free Rosaries, conducting Rosary rallies, creating radio and TV programs that inspire, and other activities to promote family unity through prayer.

"On the seventieth anniversary of Family Rosary, we honor Father Peyton's memory as we continue his mission to bring families together in Rosary prayer to fulfill his vision that the family that prays together stays together," said Father John Phalen, CSC, President of Holy Cross Family Ministries, the organization originally founded by Father Peyton.

In addition, the Vatican is considering Father Peyton for sainthood.  His life and actions are being examined for miracles and other evidence for the canonization of the Rosary Priest.  In June 2011, a possible medical miracle was reviewed by a Tribunal in Albany, NY, and the findings were forwarded to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for review.  A possible medical miracle was also reviewed in Kampala, Uganda, and those findings were also forwarded to Rome.

"The details of these possible medical miracles cannot be shared at this point in the process; however, we can share that both were significant healings.  The possible miracle reviewed in Albany was that of a man in his sixties who was admitted to the hospital with life-threatening, multiple organ failure.  His family prayed to Father Peyton and they strongly felt that he was healed through intercessory prayer.  The medical community has offered information to support this belief," said Father Phalen.

"The possible medical miracle in Uganda was that of a mother and her son who were both sick, were tested for HIV, and both were found to be positive.  The mother and local Holy Cross priests began to pray and a short time later they were retested and results for both were negative for HIV." said Father Phalen.

The Cause continues to advance when recently a Decree of Juridic Validity was granted by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.  This decree confirms the validity of the documentation and witness testimonies submitted by the diocesan inquiries and is an important and necessary step in the process to be designed Venerable.

In the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, Holy Cross Family Ministries encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary, to support the spiritual well-being of the family.  For more information, call 800-299-7729 or visit

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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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