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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 all that you have given to me, in more ways than you will ever know, over the years.



IMRI graduates, Father Javier Alson and Father Antonio Larocca are visiting Dayton from July 9 - August 15 in order to do research in The Marian Library. They informed us about a new Spanish-language website maintained by their organization--a public association of the faithful "at the service of Mary, Corredemptrix"--online at URL

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

Mr. Tim Brennan of the Diocese of Kansas, Missouri is visiting The Marian Library from July 18-20 to do research on Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey.

IMRI student, Teresa Monaghen, National Moderator of the Apostolic Oblates and Pro Sanctity from Omaha, Nebraska has been teaching a graduate course on Marian Spirituality at Creighton University to twelve students from around the world.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Rosary Hymns Online

There is a lovely website that offers music free for liturgical and prayerful use which includes some lovely Rosary hymns:

Along similar lines, note that the Spring 2012 issue (i.e. volume 63 #2) of The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song included an article by Stephanie A. Budwey on Our Lady called "Mary, Star of Hope: Marian Congregational Song as an Expression of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States from 1854 to 2010."

Suggested A/V material

There is a new film festival in Europe, one that extols virtue over vice and moral over dollar value. Mirabile Dictu, the International Catholic Film festival, held its third edition in Rome from July 2-5, 2012.

The conference closed with the world premiere of Roberto Hossein's new film, A Woman Named Mary, fruit of his deep love for Lourdes and the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to St. Bernadette.

For more details click into the complete article from Zenit.

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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 18, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with students, youth directors, priests, and parents who recently returned from the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Youth Conference about their Spirit-filled experience, Metanoia, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the New Evangelization, and over-the-top joy.

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 17, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with Paul Coudron, Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life about the work and successes of Right to Life nationally and locally, and the upcoming L K Hausfeld Ride for Life and Celebration to be held Saturday, July 28, 2012 on area bike paths starting and finishing at The Life Center, 425 E. Findlay St., Dayton, Ohio, with various starting times and participants of all ages and riding endurance with mileage categories from six to one-hundred miles.  Families may participate as well as seasoned bikers, followed by the celebration from 1:00-2:30 PM with local radio and TV personalities and the wonderful music of national-award-winning musician, composer, and singer, Nick Cardilino.  Food, games, entertainment, and prizes!  For more info see:, and for registration info see:

Today's recipe from Francesca's Italian kitchen:
Tasty, nutritious, fresh, colorful, and quick Italian summer garden salad a la Terminese.

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:

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, Thursday, July 19, 2:30 PM on Mary in Asian Spirituality

Sister M Jean Frisk, SSM, Friday, July 20, 2:30 PM on Mary and Children III

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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 Saints Ann and Joachim and Mary in Apocryphal Writings.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French).  The latest updates were Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Lesotho.

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 revised our material on The Marian Library Medal and Mary and the New Testament.

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Columbus Marian Conference

Title: Triumph of the Two Hearts

Date: July 27-29, 2012

Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Erskine Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43219

If at all possible, don't miss the exciting second Annual Columbus Marian Conference on the Triumph of the Two Hearts, in Columbus, Ohio, July 27 - 29!  A great lineup of Marian speakers, including IMRI Professor, Father Thomas Buffer, will ensure a weekend of spiritual refreshment and opportunities to meet and greet many other beautiful children of Jesus and Mary.  While at the conference please be sure to stop by the Arch of Triumph display and say hello to Steve and Marion Bradley of Grand Island, NY, who will be there helping to spread the word about Mary's triumphal arch, projected to be the world's tallest monument--as befits our great Queen.

Click here for more information.

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Pope's Message to the Bishop of Avila
We are invited today to that radicalism and fidelity by this illustrious daughter of the diocese of Avila
Source: Zenit (Rome) July 16, 2012

Resplendens stella, "a star that would give of itself great splendor.” (Book of Life, 32, 11)  With these words the Lord encouraged Saint Teresa of Jesus to found in Avila the convent of Saint Joseph, beginning of the reform of Carmel, whose 450th anniversary will be observed next August 24.  On the occasion of this happy circumstance, I wish to unite myself to the joy of the beloved Avila diocese, of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, of the People of God pilgrimaging in Spain and of all those in the universal Church who have found in Teresian spirituality a sure light to discover that man obtains the true renewal of life through Christ.  Enamored of the Lord, this illustrious woman wished to please Him in everything.  In fact, a saint is not one who carries out great feats based on the excellence of their human qualities, but one who allows Christ to penetrate their soul, to act through their person, He being the real protagonist of all their actions and desires, who inspires every initiative and sustains every silence....

Saint Teresa knew how to honor the Most Holy Virgin with great devotion, whom she invoked under the sweet name of Carmel.  I place under her maternal protection the apostolic endeavors of the Church in Avila so that, rejuvenated by the Holy Spirit, she will find the appropriate ways to proclaim the Gospel with enthusiasm and courage.  May Mary, Star of evangelization, and her chaste spouse, Saint Joseph, intercede so that the "star" that the Lord lit in the universe of the Church with the Teresian reform, will continue to radiate the great brilliance of the love and truth of Christ to all men....

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.

Father Peyton Drew on Family’s Faith to Spread Mission of Praying the Rosary
Source: Press Release from Holy Cross Family Ministries (Easton, Mass.), June 20, 2012
Father Patrick Peyton, CSC

The man who would become the Rosary Priest was born Jan. 9, 1909, in County Mayo, Ireland.  Patrick Peyton was the sixth child in a family of four boys and five girls raised by his parents, John and Mary.  Though poor, the Peytons were rich in faith and prayed the Rosary together as a family each day.

In 1927, Patrick and his older brother, Thomas, moved to Scranton, Pa., to live with two sisters already residing in the United States.  He worked as sexton of St. Stanislaus Cathedral before hearing the call to become a priest in 1932, when he and Thomas entered the main seminary for the Congregation of Holy Cross in Notre Dame, Ind.

While still a seminarian and studying at the University of Notre Dame, Patrick contracted tuberculosis.  His doctors did not believe he would survive and told him to pray.  So Patrick prayed the Rosary as he was taught by his father and experienced a miraculous healing.  He then devoted his life to Mary and her prayer as a source of comfort and guidance for families in an increasingly challenging world.

Following his ordination as a priest in 1941, Father Peyton became chaplain of the Holy Cross Brothers of the Vincentian Institute in Albany, NY.  It was during this time that Father Peyton founded Family Rosary in 1942 and started a letter-writing campaign to the faithful while urging other priests to get their parishioners praying the Rosary daily.  Father Peyton then had the vision of using mass media to reach all the families he wanted to bring to prayer.

In 1943, Father Peyton led a Rosary prayer on a local radio station in Albany.  Then, on Mother's Day, 1945, he prayed nationally with Bing Crosby on the Mutual Broadcasting System, the largest radio network at the time.  The move into media brought Father Peyton to Hollywood where in 1947 he founded Family Theater Productions, now celebrating its sixty-fifth Anniversary.

Through Family Theater Productions, Father Peyton utilized radio, films, outdoor advertising and later television, to reach people around the world with his message of peace and unity.

Father Peyton would go on to produce and broadcast numerous programs of faith featuring some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, including Bob Hope, Maureen O'Hara, Irene Dunn, Ronald Reagan, Loretta Young, and many others.  His efforts through radio, television, and film--as well as a billboard campaign that stretched across America--reached countless people with many inspirational messages, including "The family that prays together stays together" and "A world at prayer is a world at peace."

Father Patrick Peyton at Rosary rally in San Paolo

At the same time, Father Peyton started the Family Rosary Crusade.  Millions of people would attend these Rosary rallies, where Father Peyton would lead them in prayer.  These massive events were held in Manila, Bogota, Bombay, Johannesburg, Madrid, New York, San Francisco, Nairobi, and other cities.

In addition to Hollywood stars, Father Peyton would meet all kinds of famous people and world leaders over the course of his ministry--from presidents and kings to evangelists and pontiffs, including Pope John Paul II and Mother Teresa.  He died June 3, 1992, and is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Easton, Mass., near the world headquarters of Holy Cross Family Ministries, where his mission continues today.

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

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