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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 for your long and detailed page about Mary's alleged other children at  God bless you.



Virginia Reinburg from Boston College is visiting the Marian Library from July 9-13 to do research on shrines and miraculous images of the Virgin Mary in France (c. 1550-1750), continuing studies from her visit here last May.  She is a historian of religious life in early modern Europe now doing a project on shrines, images, and pilgrimage.  Her publications include: "Les pèlerins de Notre-Dame du Puy" [The Pilgrims of Notre-Dame du Puy] in Revue d'Histoire de l'Eglise de France (1989) and French Books of Hours: Making an Archive of Prayer, c. 1400-1600 (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

IMRI graduates, Father Javier Alson and Father Antonio Larocca will be visiting Dayton from July 9 - August 15 in order to do research in The Marian Library.

On July 16 and 17, Karen Park from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin will visit The Marian Library in order to do research on a book she is writing using primary source material about the Virgin Mary.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Parish Website For IMRI Graduate

Cardinal Dolan has asked Father Myles Murphy to serve at Saint Agnes parish on East 43rd Street in New York City starting in November, 2012. St. Agnes is the second largest parish after St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. It is historic and very busy.

Suggested A/V material

Father Javier Alson recommended a Marian music video using images from Gibson's Passion of the Christ available on YouTube.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer composed by Blessed 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, July 11, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with Sister Celia Chua, MIC, of Canada, a member of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception, and a faculty member of the Pontifical Marian Research Institute (IMRI) at the University of Dayton's Marian Library.  Sister Celia discusses her experience in teaching Mariology in China, sharing her vast prayer experience and the marvels she has seen it attain under the Mantle of Our Blessed Mother in healing hearts, bodies, minds, and spirits.

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 10, 2012, Francesca Franchina revs up her campaign for peace in the person, family, USA, and world, through prayer and healing the brokenness and wounds of America and the world by promoting and accepting healing through receiving God's mercy, concern, compassion and all-encompassing healing love. The power of the Holy Spirit carries us as we magnify the glory of God. As we decrease He increases. God is the wind beneath our sails, the Holy Spirit who is closer to us than we are even to ourselves. Learn how to listen and obey God to be in His holy will and be a person of expectant faith, hope, and love. [cf. Romans 8:26-28]

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 Denis Vincent Wiseman, O.P., Thursday, July 5, 2:30 PM on Mary in Africa

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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 Library.

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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 Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

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 and updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through July 2, 2012.

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Traveling Exhibit on the Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Title: Manifold Greatness

Date: August 24, 2012 through September 19, 2012

Roesch Library, University of Dayton

Manifold Greatness is a traveling exhibition for libraries organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas.  The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

UD Libraries is offering free public programming to complement the traveling exhibit.  Click here for more information.  Please contact Katy Kelly,, if you have questions.

The Marian Library is located on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Visitors to the Bible exhibit are invited to visit this specialty collection as well.

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History in the Making: A Pilgrimage from Ocean to Ocean
Pilgrims Seek Victory over Russia's Culture of Death
Source: Zenit (Rome) July 9, 2012

On June 14, the pilgrims left the port city of Vladivostok on the Pacific Coast of Russia with a replica of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The icon will be venerated by tens of thousands across eight time zones in Russia, and eventually will zigzag across Europe to Fatima, Portugal and, hopefully, will even come to the United States in the spring of 2013.

What would motivate a small band of believers to undertake this long and potentially dangerous journey in what is being called the "From Ocean to Ocean International Campaign in Defense of Life"?  The pilgrimage of the icon, led by a coalition of Catholic and Orthodox leaders including Lech and Ewa Kowaleski of Human Life International (HLI) Poland, is intended both as a response to nearly a century of legalized abortion in Russia, and for victory over the culture of death throughout the world.  The pilgrims believe that this victory for life will take place through the powerful intercession of Mary, the Mother of God....

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.

Ministries Continue to Fulfill 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
Father Patrick Peyton, CSC

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

Click here for information about the life and Cause for Beatification of Father Peyton, the "Rosary Priest".

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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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