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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.

Thank you so much for this!  It is much appreciated!  God bless!



IMRI graduate, Father Benedict O'Cinnsealaigh, president and rector of The Athenaeum of Ohio and Mount St. Mary's Seminary of the West, will be among the presenters at the Dayton Area Catholic Men's Conference to be held 8 a.m. through Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at the Parish Center of the Church of the Incarnation in Centerville, Ohio.  The theme of the conference is Becoming More Like Christ.  Other speakers include Henry Cordonnier and Jim Gruden.  For more information contact the parish office at 937-433-1188.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian Website For Children

Last year Mary Hansen informed us of the launch of her website on the topic of Marian shrines in Mexico.  It is called Madonnas of Mexico--Travel guide to Shrines and images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Mexico; and its web address is  She and her husband, Oskar, have been to Mexico many times and have visited these shrines.  Each month a different Mexican shrine or church will be featured on the site.  Mary Hansen, a former teacher, is now a freelance writer who has written articles for many Catholic periodicals.  She has an M.Div. degree in theology and writes from North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

She recently informed us of the addition of a children's section to her site called La Virgencita [meaning "the little virgin"].  There are fun activities like crafts and paper dolls.  We encourage our readers to check out the main site and this new addition.  We have linked to it from The Mary Page under Children's Resources.  The main page of her site can also be reached from our external links page under Marian Resurces.

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.

Hello, Friends.  My daughter and I just finished recording and Shareuploaded on YouTube the Litany of Mary in Latin/English.  Our goal is to lead souls to Jesus through Mary.  Please show your Marian support and share.  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.

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, July 3, 2012, Francesca visits with Father Rapheal Innasimuthu from the Missionary Society of Heralds of the Good News about his missionary work with the order founded in India to assist priests, parishes, universities, seminaries, and hospitals anywhere in the world where there is a need.  Father Rapheal has been a priest for twelve years and is Pastor of a parish of seven hundred families.  He has taught in seminary and traveled to Africa as well as to Italy to assist where needed.  A charismatic, prayerful priest, Father Rapheal shares his experiences in healing prayer even among non-Christians who return to thank him and share their healing stories with him.  Father has been in the United States for six weeks visiting various areas and parishes to share the good news about the Heralds of Good News.

Today's recipe from Francesca's Italian kitchen: tasty, and quick Risotto a la Terminese to take on your Independence Day picnic!

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 François Rossier, S.M., Thursday, July 5, 2:30 PM on Fatima

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Concerning Mary, Think Big! by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Why do we honor Mary?  Because God does.  He chose her to be the mother of His Son, Jesus, our Redeemer.  Jesus honors her as His mother.  And we honor her as our spiritual mother.  Jesus is our model, and we are invited to follow His example.  Everything Mary does is related to bringing us and others to her Son, who redeemed us.

God wants us to honor Mary on earth as she is honored in heaven, not only in private devotions and in small groups, but also by celebrating her in large public gatherings.  And not only in the month of May, especially dedicated to Mary, but at other times too.  We are invited to find appropriate ways to show honor to Mary.  We are challenged to think big.

Around the world Mary is honored in various ways.  One popular manifestation is the pilgrimages to her shrines, big and little.  Some are the sites of apparitions and miracles.

In Mexico at the great basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary receives the homage of millions annually.  Pilgrims visit her other shrines in other locations of North America and South America.

The Marian shrines of Europe honor her in a variety of ways, several of which are spots where she appeared to humble persons.  Among the better-known are the chapel of the Miraculous Medal in Paris, La Salette, and Lourdes.  Fatima came later.  These are among the more popular in the Western world.  Then other shrines developed across Asia.  And new places of pilgrimage are being established in our own times.

Our Blessed Mother continues to astound and confound the world's skeptics with appearances and with miracles of all kinds performed by her divine Son.  Millions gather at her shrines each year.  For those who believe, no explanation is needed.  For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.

Our private devotions are good.  So too are our liturgical prayers and celebrations.  But we can do more.  Let us bring our imagination and ingenuity to this challenge and opportunity.  Let us not be dissuaded by apparent limitations.  What can be done?  Think big!  Improve on the tried and the new.

The laity with the cooperation of their bishops and pastors and the help of the religious orders can organize a Marian event anywhere they choose at anytime.  Plan it to honor Mary, and open it to everyone.  Non-Catholic friends may also wish to attend.  Think big--perhaps a bold program in a large venue.  Some groups have done this in a public stadium.  Publicize it widely. Sing the praises of Mary.  And conclude with Mass to honor Jesus.  Heavenly hosts of angels will join us, and the world will witness our love for her and her Son.

De Maria nunquam satis; concerning Mary we can never do enough.

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Current 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 Children's Resources, Marian Shrines From Around the World, and Mary and Women.

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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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An Ally in Focusing the Faithful on the Eucharist
Three of Rome's Greatest Eucharistic Masterpieces
Source: Zenit (Rome) June 18, 2012

The success of last week's Eucharistic congress in Ireland has had me thinking about the many times the Church has tried to refocus the faithful around the Eucharist.  St. Peter's Square was constructed in the seventeenth century primarily for Eucharistic processions; St. Thomas Aquinas composed Eucharistic hymns and poetry; and Pope Sixtus IV rose to fame as a young Franciscan during public debates over the Precious Blood of Christ.

Art has proved over the years to be an invaluable ally in reminding the faithful of the fundamentals of faith, and the Eucharist is no exception.  This week I thought I would examine three of Rome's greatest Eucharistic works of art.  Raphael lovers will have to forgive me for leaving his Vatican Disputation off this list, but I thought I would let some lesser-known stars shine.

The first that comes to mind is by the first artist of the counter-Reformation, Federico Fiori, aka Barocci. Born in Urbino, the same town as Raphael, in 1526, he rose to fame as a young man when his works were noticed by Michelangelo. One of Barocci's greatest contributions to catechesis through art was his 1608 painting, The Institution of the Eucharist, today in the Rome church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva. The patron was illustrious--none other than Pope Clement VIII--and his papacy aimed at reinforcing the ancient teachings and traditions of the Church, in particular the Eucharist, perceived by many of the Protestant reformers as merely a symbol, instead of the true Body and Blood of Christ....

The last, and arguably greatest, Eucharistic work of Rome, was carved by a 22-year-old Michelangelo for a side chapel of St. Peter's Basilica.  The Pietà stands today in a different chapel in the new basilica, but five hundred years ago, we would have stood a few feet from the work, commissioned as an altarpiece by Cardinal Bilheres de Lagraulas in 1497.

Michelangelo's Pietà is unlike any version of the subject done before.  First developed in Germany in the thirteenth century, the Pietà represented the tortured, lifeless body of Christ with its gaping wounds, awkwardly balanced in rigor mortis across his mother's lap.  The stiff composition made the form of a cross.  Michelangelo's Jesus, by contrast, is draped elegantly across the robes of His mother, who enfolds Him like a living shroud.

Michelangelo's model for the body of Christ was ancient Greek statuary with its perfect proportions and flawless articulation.  No Attic sculptor would have marred the perfect form of a god with observations drawn from a dead man, yet Michelangelo did exactly that: The limp arm falls heavily downward and the veins of the hand are distended as the blood pools; the shoulder hunched under the ear as a fold of flesh rests on Mary's fingers confers the poignant vulnerability of a human being to the body of a god--God and Man in one.

But it is the figure of Mary that reveals the true meaning of the work.  She holds the body of her Son with one hand, cradling Him through a humeral veil, the cloth used to handle the monstrance.  Her other hand has already released her Son and her fingers open in a gesture of offering.

Many have noted over the centuries that the Body of Christ was the most highly-polished figure Michelangelo ever produced.  The luminous body standing out against the shadowy robes of Mary seems to have inspired both the Eucharist of Domenichino's St. Jerome where the light bathes the saint as well as the glowing host of Barocci.

Michelangelo made Mary's lower body disproportionately large to accommodate the body of an adult man on her lap.  Despite this, the Body of Christ is still awkwardly placed, seemingly about to fall from her arms onto the altar below....

Click here to read the complete article.

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Ministries Continue to Fulfill Father Peyton's Dream of Family Unity through Daily Prayer of the Rosary
Source: Press Release from Holy Cross Family Ministries (Easton, Mass.), June 20, 2012

Since the beginning, Family Rosary and its sister organizations have been active in fulfilling the mission of Servant of God Father Patrick Peyton, CSC.  Under the umbrella of Holy Cross Family Ministries, these apostolates have worked tirelessly to strengthen the bond of family unity by praying the Rosary.

In an effort to reach more people in this digital age, a new launched last year while a mobile Rosary app for iPhone was introduced.  Father Peyton, who was a media pioneer, would be proud!  Other activities include:

Family Rosary--Celebrating seventy years of praying with families: In 2011, this cornerstone ministry conducted more than 130 programs, including parish missions, retreats, days of reflection and presentations.  The annual Try Prayer! It Works! contest, which encourages children to express their faith through art, poetry, and prose, attracted entries from more than 32,000 students around the country.  Family Rosary also conducted a special faith camp in Cooperstown, NY, and a series of Rosary celebrations at select locations.  One of the highlights was the Rosaries for the World campaign, originally started by Father Peyton, where more than one million Rosaries are distributed annually to people worldwide.  The ministry serves the spiritual needs of families in communities around the world, including Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, East Africa, France, Haiti, India, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Spain, the United States, Uruguay, and West Africa.  These pastoral efforts spread devotion to Rosary prayer and increase an understanding of the meditations through evangelization.  In addition, Family Rosary had a noticeable presence at World Youth Day in Spain, where the House of Mary Chapel debuted.  This interactive exhibit features a Rosary chapel and displays of faith.  It is currently on tour at select locations around the world.

Family Theater Productions--Celebrating sixty-five years of inspiring families through media: Television: Another new DVD in the Manifest Mysteries Rosary Anthology was launched last year.  You Will See tells the inspiring story of a rebellious teen who comes to see Christ in others, mirroring the Presentation in the Temple.  Also in 2011, Faith Bowl IV aired on Catholic cable and TV stations across the country.  The one-hour program, which was broadcast at the start of the baseball season, featured sports celebrities talking about their faith and praying the Rosary.  Radio: This ministry continues to produce quality English- and Spanish-language radio programs and inspirational videos on the websites while maintaining outreach programs in Hollywood and for athletes.  Billboards: Nearly five thousand billboards with inspirational messages were displayed in thirty-five cities in twenty-five states last year.  Hollywood Outreach: Catholics in Hollywood find a home at Family Theater where they gather monthly to pray and share their faith.  Bible Study and other programs are offered regularly.

Father Peyton Family Institute--In Lima, Peru, the institute focuses on families, youth, couples and children.  This ministry centers its efforts on research and education on family life ministry and the relationship to spirituality.  Programs address the many obstacles facing families, such as poverty and substance abuse.

For more information about Holy Cross Family Ministries or any of its ministries, call 800-299-7729 or visit

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of July 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 July.

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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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