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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.

I have enjoyed the information in your web site dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially Mary on Stamps, Marian Shrines, and the various prayers.  Thank you for the information.



Padre Stefano De Fiores

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Father Stefano De Fiores, Montfortian Missionary (1933-2012, photo at right) passed away on April 14, 2012.  Details are available, in Italian, from the website of the Marianum.  Father Luigi Gambero, S.M., long-time Professor at IMRI, who has been visiting Dayton to teach a course at IMRI, recently provided the following tribute to his colleague at the Marianum.

Father De Fiores was a great Mariologist and lectured at the Gregorian University and the Pontifical Theological Faculty Marianum in Rome.

He published a lot on the Blessed Virgin.  I, myself collaborated with him for the publication of volumes V, VI, and VII of the collection, Testi Mariani del Secondo Millennio, and other works

It was gratifying and a pleasure working with him because of his tremendous scholarship, intelligence, and joyful character.  He was really a talented man.  Moreover, he used to show a genuine and deep religious spirit and a loving interest in the person of the Mother of God, to whom he dedicated his life.

I remember him as a dear and fraternal friend.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom he has loved so much on this earth, introduce his soul into the eternal glory and joy of our Lord and Redeemer.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

The Mary's Garden Project at Marywood University

Patricia Johanson has been working on a landscape development project to promote "environmental solutions through art" at Marywood University, a Catholic university in Scranton, Pennsylvania, founded in 1915 by the IHM Sisters.  Click here for more details on this project.

Suggested A/V material

Goodness Reigns, a Catholic media site, is inviting the public to vote in its mini-contest titled Natural Family Planning: The Better Way.  Judges for the event have already chosen as their favorite Leah Chen's video, Natural Family Planning Explained.

Goodness Reigns has promoted similar contests in the past and stores videos from them in their Media Archive, including some on the Virgin Mary: Mary, Our Mother; Mary's Immaculate Heart; and Mother of the Savior, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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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 25, 2012, Francesca Franchina speaks with Father Bob Hogan, BBD, Founder of the Brothers of the Beloved Disciple of San Antonio TX, about his parish and community, his talks at Presentation Ministry held last weekend at Xavier University, the Spirit-filled Marian Experience, Metanoia, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the New Evangelization, over-the-top joy, and his take on what is going on in the world today--good, bad, and indifferent!

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 24, 2012, Francesca Franchina continues her conversation on reparative prayer to the heart of Jesus, the means of evangelization using the spoken word, media, education, and socialization while consoling the Heart of Jesus.

Today's recipe from Francesca's Italian kitchen:
Tasty, nutritious, fresh, colorful, and quick Italian breaded pork chops 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:

Michael Duricy, Thursday, July 26, 2:30 PM on Mary's Parents

Father Thomas A. Thompson, S.M., Friday, July 27, 2:30 PM on Marian Book Studies

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary in the Byzantine Liturgy by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

One aspect of the Byzantine Liturgy that frequently captures the attention of the Christian faithful is the exalted place given the Blessed Virgin Mary in daily worship.  Her image is always at the left side of the iconostasis, depicting her with her Son and never without Him.  Her name is always proclaimed after that of her Son.  In addition to the four Marian feasts shared with the Roman Church, the Byzantine faithful celebrate many other Marian festivals and dedicate two weeks of intense preparation for her feast of the Assumption (Dormition).

When Mary's name is mentioned in liturgical prayer, the Byzantine Church gives her entire title: "All holy, spotless, most highly blessed and glorious lady, the Mother of God (Theotokos) and ever-virgin Mary."  Three expressions stand out in this title: Theotokos, ever-virgin, and all-holy.  The first encomium was applied to her by the Council of Ephesus in 431, and the second by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553.


The exalted place reserved for the Blessed Virgin Mary is based on the revealed fact that she is Theotokos, the Mother of God.  When Nestorius denied her this title and called her only Christotokos, Mother of Christ, all Christendom was disturbed and a general council was convened in Ephesus to address this issue.  The council declared that Jesus Christ is both God and man.  St. Cyril of Alexandria, who presided over the council on behalf of Pope Celestine, proclaimed to the crowds awaiting the conclusion that "Mary is Theotokos; she is the Mother of God."

The city of Ephesus erupted in joy as its residents accompanied the council fathers with torches in procession to their residences chanting in acclamation the council statement: "Mary is the Theotokos, since she conceived in her virginal womb by the power of the Holy Spirit and brought into the world Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who is One Being with the Father."

We venerate the Theotokos, Mother of God, because she is the Mother of His son.  Mariology, the theology concerning Mary, is an extension of Christology, the theology concerning Jesus Christ.  Blessed John Paul II reminded us that "Only in the mystery of Christ is her mystery made clear."  In recognizing Mary as Theotokos, the Council of Ephesus emphasized the integrity of the Person of Christ.  In recalling that "the Word was made flesh," we acknowledge with tremendous reverence the one who was chosen by God to be the instrument of so amazing a mystery.  To honor Mary is to honor her Son.

All the privileges of the one who is "full of grace" stem from her quality of being the Theotokos.  If she has been preserved from original sin from the first moment of her conception, it is because she is Theotokos.  If she has preserved her virginity before, during, and after the birth of Emmanuel, it is because she is Theotokos.  If she has been transported body and soul to everlasting life after death, it is because she is Theotokos.

During Great Lent Byzantine Christians pray this tribute of St. John of Damascus, "In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices, the orders of angels, and the human race as well; in you, sanctified temple, spiritual paradise, glory of virgins, from whom our God, who exists from all eternity, took flesh and became a little child.  He has made your womb more spacious than the heavens.  In you, O full of grace, all creation rejoices; glory to you."

Ever Virgin

The fiat of the creature responded to the fiat of the Creator: "Let it be done to me according to your will."  Pope John Paul II explained in his encyclical, Redemptoris Mater, "In the salvific economy of God's revelation, Abraham's faith constitutes the beginning of the Old Covenant; Mary's faith at the Annunciation inaugurates the New Covenant.  Just as Abraham 'in hope believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations,' so Mary, at the Annunciation, having professed her virginity believed that through the power of the Most High she would become the Mother of God's Son in accordance with the angel's revelation: 'The child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God'." (Lk 1:35)

Panaghia, All-Holy

Mary is Panaghia, All-Holy, not only because she is Theotokos, but also because she is the supreme example of cooperation (synergia) between the Divine Plan and the Liberator, Christ.

God has always respected human liberty.  He did not wish to be incarnate without the consent of the Theotokos.  Mary was not passive in the mystery of the Incarnation.  She was invited, not compelled, and she fully participated in consenting to the proposal brought to her by the angel.

The fourteenth-century Byzantine lay theologian, St. Nicholas Cabasilas, summarized the mind of the early Church Fathers: "The Incarnation has been not only the work of the Father, of His Son, and of the Holy Spirit, but also the work of the faith of the Virgin.  For without the consent of the Most Pure, without the cooperation of her faith, this design was as unrealizable as without the intervention of the three Divine Persons.  It is only after persuading her that God takes her as His Mother and borrows the flesh that she can give to Him.  Likewise, as He wished to be incarnate, He wished that His Mother beget Him freely and with full consent."

New Eve, Mother of Us All

Mary is an extraordinary woman.  She carries in her womb all humanity, since she is the New Eve, the giver of life.  Her maternal care and protection cover not only the Child Jesus, but also the entire universe and all members of the human race.  Again, Blessed John Paul II explained in Redemptoris Mater that "In accordance with the eternal plan of Providence, Mary's Divine Motherhood is to be poured upon the Church, as indicated by statements of Tradition, according to which Mary's 'motherhood' of the Church is the reflection and extension of her motherhood of the Son of God."

At a general audience in Lent 2012, Pope Benedict XVI declared, "Mother of God and Mother of the Church, Mary exercises this motherhood forever.  We entrust to her every passing phase of our personal and ecclesial life, not least that of our final transit."

Chosen by God to Help Us

Together with the West, all the Eastern Churches proclaim Mary as Mother, Advocate, and Mediatrix.  She protects us with maternal care and is our never-failing intercessor before the Creator.  In no way does her role diminish that of the only and unique Mediator, Christ.  The Second Vatican Council clearly taught that "The maternal duty of Mary toward the human race in no way obscures or diminishes the unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power.  For all the saving influences of Mary originate, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure.  They flow from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rest on his mediation, depend entirely on it, and draw all their power from it." (Lumen Gentium)

If Christ is the door, Mary is the first to enter.  She advances the whole of humanity.  She is the pillar of fire to guide the People of God to the heavenly Jerusalem.  Nothing symbolizes and illustrates the true message of the Marian apparitions of the last two centuries better than the Byzantine icon of the Deisis.  In that icon the Blessed Virgin and St. John the Baptist surround Christ, the sovereign judge, and Mary exercises her ministry of intercession and charism of prayer and supplication, calling all mankind to repentance, asking for God's mercy, praying: "Come, Lord Jesus.  Maranatha.  Amen."

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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 concluded 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 Fall 2012.

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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, The 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 About Us and posted new material on the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and their Foundress.

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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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Sit Down and Talk, Pope Urges Married Couples
Sends Message to Teams of Our Lady
Source: Zenit (Brasilia, Brazil) July 23, 2012

Benedict XVI sent greetings to participants of the Eleventh International Gathering of the Teams of Our Lady, which is currently being held in Brazil.  The message was sent through the Pope's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Founded in 1939 in Paris by Father Henri Caffarel, the Teams of Our Lady is a movement of married spirituality in the Catholic Church and aims to help couples discover the riches of the sacrament of marriage and to live out a married spirituality....

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.

Triduum of Prayer for the Feast of Mary's Parents
Source:, June 24, 2012

A longtime ministry of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers and Brothers has been the operation of Saint Ann's Shrine.  The first Shrine of Saint Ann was established at the Church of Saint Jean Baptiste in 1892. A second Shrine of Saint Ann was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1985 when the Fathers and Brothers moved their national headquarters from New York to Cleveland.

Annually, culminating on the feast of Sts. Ann and Joachim (July 26th), there is a Triduum of Prayer (three days of liturgical and devotional prayer) held at the adjacent church, St. Paschal Baylon, (5384 Wilson Mills Road; Cleveland, Ohio, 44143) starting at 7:00 PM.

For more information, please contact them by phone at 440-449-2700 or by email at

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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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