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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 going out of your way with this.  I apologize for making you go through all this extra work for me.



The 2012 Marianist Award will be presented on October 3, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. in the Kennedy Union Ballroom on the campus of the University of Dayton to Father Joseph A. Komonchak, a theologian specializing in ecclesiology, the study of the church.  He holds a licentiate in theology from the Gregorianum in Rome, and a Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York.  He served on the faculty of the Catholic University of America from 1977 until his retirement in 2009.  He is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York.

October, 1962 is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council.  Father Komonchak is the English-language editor of a five-volume history of the Council, as well as the author of a number of recent articles (among dozens of articles on other subjects over the course of his career) on the Council's meaning, legacy, and interpretation.

You can find him these days at dotCommonweal, the editors' and contributors' blog at Commonweal magazine,

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian References in Film and Literature

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, recently emailed us the following information.

I saw a new stage play about the dancer, Maud Allan, who in the early 1900s sued right-wing politician Noel Pemberton Billing for libel when he accused her of not only promoting sexual immorality but for doing so specifically to erode the morale of British soldiers during World War I as part of a German plot.  At issue was her interpretive dance of Salome drawn from Oscar Wilde's play Salome (banned in Britain at the time).  She actually lost the case (truth is often a casualty in wartime) although Billing's claim is so obviously unfounded.  The final scene has Maud Allan having a conversation in a French cafe with Oscar Wilde as they commiserate on the barbarity of war, and how little the beauty of art can alleviate it.  Schubert's Ave Maria plays in the background.

Suggested A/V material

Why Mary Today?, a video produced by Father Javier Alson and Father Antonio Larocca, was nominated for an award in the Education category at last year's International Catholic Film and Multimedia Festival in Niepokalanow, Poland.  They have produced a Spanish-language version and donated a DVD copy to The Marian Library during their recent visit to Dayton.

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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, August 8, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with medical missionary and emergency room Physician (Kettering Health Network), Dr. Sylvia Gleason, D.O., and Ohio University medical student, Corinne Salva, about Project Congo and their recent African trip to Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo where Wright State University engineering students installed solar panels for electricity at St. Luke's Hospital, and all participated in medical missionary work sponsored by Project Congo and the Salesians founded by St. Don Bosco.

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, August 7, 2012, Francesca Franchina 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 and healing.

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 John Fletcher, CC, Thursday, August 9, 2:30 PM on the Assumption of Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Assumption of Mary by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a feast that traces its origin to the earliest ages of the Church.  Tied to this feast are themes of Mary as Mother of the Church and model for the Church.  In her the Church witnesses the fullness of the effects of the saving death and resurrection of Christ for humanity.  The Preface of the Mass attests to this.

Today the Virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection, and a sign of hope and comfort for your people on their pilgrim way.

The themes of the Mass prayers and readings, and those of the Liturgy of the Hours, reflect the basis of the Church's teaching about Mary and the many titles accorded her in popular Christian devotion.

In 1789 the first diocese was established in the United States of America.  Baltimore was chosen as the seat and John Carroll the first bishop.  At that time the Diocese of Baltimore included the whole country.  The cathedral for the new diocese was named for the Assumption of Mary, and is today a basilica and historic monument.  At the first National Synod of 1791 Bishop John Carroll and his clergy placed our new nation under the patronage of Mary in the title of the Assumption.  The observance of the feast was transferred to the Sunday following August 15 so that American Catholics, a small minority, could more easily gather to celebrate the patronal feast.  While not a holyday of obligation at the country’s birth, the Assumption was designated such in the nineteenth century for all of the USA.  This was confirmed by the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1884.

The 1791 Synod directed that holydays, like Sundays, were to be observed by attendance at Mass, catechetical instructions for adults and children, Vespers (Evening Prayer), and Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament.  Also recommended were a sermon, singing the Litany of Loreto, singing hymns in English at Vespers and Benediction, and the recitation of the Prayer for the President and All Civil Authorities composed by Bishop Carroll.

The rich ethnic diversity of the United States is reflected in some of the customs and popular devotions surrounding the Assumption.  One such custom is the blessing of the fishing fleets and the local bodies of water observed in some coastal areas.  This practice has its origins in the Mediterranean countries like Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and is still observed in some ports along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts.

The rich ethnic diversity of the United States is reflected in some of the customs and popular devotions surrounding the Assumption.  One such custom is the blessing of the fishing fleets and the local bodies of water observed in some coastal areas.  This practice has its origins in the Mediterranean countries like Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and is still observed in some ports along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts.

Although many of these practices have declined, they are an indication of the great Marian heritage of our country and the special regard we hold for the Mother of the Lord.

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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 Solemnity of Mary's Assumption and The Assumption.

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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through July 30, 2012.

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Mass and Rosary with Bishop Binzer

Title: Fatima Event

Date: August 10, 2012

Spiritual Center of Maria Stein

This Fatima event will begin at 7:30 p.m. with Mass led by Bishop Joseph Binzer, from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.  After dark, a lighted Rosary will begin to take form on the grounds as each prayer is prayed over the intercom by young and old alike.  The program will conclude with a procession around the grounds.

Click here for more information.

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Father Manuel Cortes Speaks on Opening Vision to Global Challenges (Part 2)
Interview with Newly Re-Elected Superior General of the Marianists
Source: Zenit (Rome) July 31, 2012

We offer our readers the last part of the interview with the superior general of the Marianist Fathers, who was re-elected last week during the General Chapter of the Society of Mary, which is taking place in Rome.

In his answers, Father Manuel Cortes transmits his optimism that his Congregation will work diligently with young people so that they will develop a mature and strong faith for our times.  At the same time, he points out how the Church must address certain problems of hostility in very secularized countries such as his native Spain.

ZENIT: Your new government is also set in the framework of the twenty years of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Is there a general interest that the new generations receive a profound catechesis from educators?

Father Cortes: For us, who are very dedicated and committed to education, the evangelization of young people is a great concern.  We have spoken of it in the Chapter, because we are in a social reality where, due to secularism, religion is absent and this affects the capacity of young people to accede to faith.  We must keep in mind that the faith is transmitted, and that chain of transmission--in which the family has had an important role, and tradition in the good sense of the word--has been severed.  Hence, there is a problem of "education of young people for the faith" and "education of the faith of young people." ...

ZENIT: Have you a final message for the Marianist family that reads ZENIT?

Father Cortes: I would say that, contemplating Mary, we understand that she is the door through which the Redemption entered the world.  And that perhaps today more than ever, it is important to continue Mary's mission, and to continue being like her, an open door of humanity to God and of God to humanity.

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.

The Legion and Frank Duff on Radio Maria!
Source: Maria Legionis [North American Supplement], Aug-Oct, 2012

On October 13, 2011, Ennis and Gloria Dodd, president and secretary of Ark of the Covenant Praesidium at St. Albert the Great church, Kettering, OH, talked by phone about the Legion of Mary with Michael Duricy, an auxiliary and substitute host of the radio program, Living with Mary Today--From the Marian Library at the University of Dayton.  This program is broadcast 2:30-3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays on the Radio Maria network that has ten radio stations in the United States and can be heard globally on the internet at  On November 10, 2011, Father Gary Aultz, the spiritual director for the Ark of the Covenant Praesidium and the Dayton Curia, and Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, an active member spoke about Frank Duff on the same program with Father John Fletcher hosting in the Marian Library's Reading Room.

At the time of this article's writing, both shows were still available on the website; scroll down to the appropriate dates and listen to the recorded show at:

Check out The Mary Page!  Have a question about Mary?  Check out The Mary Page at  The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, at the University of Dayton in Ohio, is an international center of study and research on Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. Their website has several articles about the Legion of Mary, easily found through the search option.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of August 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 August.

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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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