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The next annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA) will be held at the Athenaeum of Ohio in Cincinnati from May 21-24, 2013.  The theme of the conference will be Mary and the New Evangelization.  Please respond to their Call for Papers by October 31, 2012.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian References in Film and Literature

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon in North Jackson, Ohio is a Maronite Catholic Church under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the Maronite Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon in St. Louis, Missouri.  Their annual Assumption Pilgrimage for 2012 will be held from August 13-15 and will include a Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage on August 14.  Click here to see a related seven-minute video about Lourdes.  The shrine's website also includes two videos about the Catholics Come Home project.

Suggested A/V material

To celebrate this week's Marian Feast, please consider Assumptions, a modern drama based on the Assumption of Mary, from Family Theater's Manifest Mysteries series, an anthology of stories which blend contemporary drama with insights from the mysteries of the Rosary.

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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 15, 2012, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Tom Alkire, OC, from Los Angeles, CA, about the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith; What the Passion and Death of Our Lord means in a world that is falling away from God and the Church; the Fatima plan of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary both individually and collectively; and understanding Our Lady's militia and the time of tribulation.  Father Tom is Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Los Angeles, CA, and has been a home missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.  He is affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests and the Association of the Precious Blood in Tallahassee, FL.  Father Tom will sing his original song: Invitation to Jesus' Banquet.

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.

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 Thomas Thompson, SM, Thursday, August 16, 2:30 PM on Summer Marian Feasts

Father Thomas Thompson, SM, Thursday, August 17, 2:30 PM on Marian Apparitions

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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.

The feast of Mary's Assumption honors her Dormition, as the feast is called in the East, her falling asleep in the Lord and being taken body and soul to heaven when her earthly life was completed.  Mary's Assumption is analogous to Jesus' Ascension.

The similarity between the privileges of Christ and those of His Mother is in no way identity.  Christ has his prerogatives by His very nature as God Incarnate. Mary receives hers by a free gift from God.  "He who is mighty has done great things for me."

We understand that Mary is a creature only, dependent on Christ for everything.  She is a woman and a mother, and her grace is adapted to her own nature and to her special function.  Christ exists for God.  Mary exists for Christ.  God made Christ our unique Redeemer.  Mary exercises her role as Coredemptrix only through union with Christ, and she herself had to be redeemed by Him.  Christ is our necessary advocate with the Father.  Mary is our advocate with Christ and through Christ.  So it is with all the privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This analogy is the work of the filial piety of the Son of God for His Mother.  This was understood by the faithful from earliest times, even though it was not formulated until later.  In the eighth century St. John of Damascus explained in regard to the Assumption: "It was necessary that the Mother should have entered into the possession of all the goods of Her Son, and that she should have been venerated by all creation as the Mother and Handmaid of God.  It is a customary practice that the wealth of the parents pass to their children.  But here ... the springs of the sacred waters flow toward the height.  The Son has submitted the entire creation to the dominion of His Mother."  Centuries later St. Louis de Montfort wrote: "All that is proper to God Incarnate by nature is proper to Mary by grace."

Around 1930 the renowned Marianist Mariologist and author, Father Emile Neubert, S.M., expressed this principle of analogy with theological exactness: "To the various privileges of the humanity of Jesus there correspond analogous privileges in Mary, in the manner and in the degree required by the difference required by the difference between her condition and that of her Son."

Finally, Pope Pius XII solemnly defined Mary's Assumption as a dogma and an article of faith in Munificentissimus Deus more than six decades ago on November 1, 1950.

In many countries this feast is a holy day of obligation.  In Lebanon, August 15 is also a national holiday observed by peoples of all faiths.

What meaning and message does Mary's Assumption have for us today?  This doctrine and feast remind us of our eternal destiny, that we are made for everlasting life with God.  This feast honoring Mary points us to our future and reminds us to live accordingly so as to achieve our goal.  The Assumption of Mary also teaches us respect for life and for the sacredness of the human body.

Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us!

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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 Dogma of 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.

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International Pilgrim Virgin Statue To Come to Dayton area

Title: Fatima Event

Date: August 18, 2012

Location: Emmanuel Catholic Church

The parishes in Region 7 will be hosting the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima on August 18, 2012.  The statue will come to Emmanuel Catholic Church for the opening procession at 4:00 PM which will be followed by time for confessions and private prayer.  At 4:45 the Rosary will be prayed.  The Sunday Vigil Mass will begin at 5:15 PM.

Following Mass there will be a presentation by the custodian of the statue on the message of Fatima which will be followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Scapular Enrollment, and Benediction.  This time of prayer will conclude at 7:00 PM.  Everyone is invited to participate in this special time of prayer in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Toronto Archbishop to Knights of Columbus
The rulers of this age who shape popular culture are effectively de-evangelizing many Christians
Source: Zenit (Anaheim, California) August 9, 2012

Here is the text of the homily given Wednesday by Cardinal Thomas Collins, archbishop of Toronto.  Cardinal Collins celebrated Mass at the Knights of Columbus supreme convention, which concluded today in Anaheim.

Our mission, like that of each generation of Christians, is to make Christ known in the age in which we live, and we should celebrate the fact that the mysteries of faith are being proclaimed by word and witness to the ends of the earth.  But we should not be surprised at the storms that occur when the divine wisdom of the Gospel confronts the human wisdom of this age....

The sacramental encounter with Christ in the Eucharist, continued contemplatively through Eucharistic adoration, is essential to our life of faith.  St. Dominic spent countless hours in prayer before the Lord.  Bishop Sheen reminds us that the effective ministry of conversion flows from the Eucharist.  What does that mean for you, and for me, in the days that lie ahead?

Another gateway to divine wisdom is the Rosary, a prayer deeply connected to the Dominican tradition.  It immerses us in the mysteries of salvation and helps us to reach out for the intercession of Our Lady.  In any great and seemingly overwhelming crisis, whether in St. Dominic's time, or today, we need to pray the Rosary....

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.

103 Years of Faith, Friendship
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton), Aug 8, 2012

The much-beloved Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., the nation's oldest vowed religious man, passed away Monday, July 30, at Mercy Siena Gardens in Dayton, just a few weeks short of his 104th birthday and the 86th anniversary of taking vows in the Society of Mary.

Viewing will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the University of Dayton's Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States.  A reception will follow in the Kennedy Union Torch Lounge.  Burial will be at 3 p.m. at Mount Saint John in Beavercreek.

"It's a real loss," said Brother Bob Wiethorn, S.M., director of the Marianists at Mercy Siena.  "Everyone just loved him, and he touched so many people.  For me he embodied what it means to be a Marianist." ...

Click here for the complete article.

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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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