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Father James Phalan, CSC, current President of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), recently sent us the following email.

Dear Friends, Members of the Mariological Society of America

I am writing you to share with you some news of the MSA Annual Meeting of 2012 and the Call for Papers for the 2013 Meeting.

This year's meeting took place May 23-26 at Mount Angel Abbey, St. Benedict, Oregon.  The theme, The Virgin Mary in the United States and Canada since 1900, followed sequentially on the 2011 meeting which focused on the years before 1900.  Participants agreed that together the meetings were rich in material with many excellent and varied presentations.  Thanks especially to the contributors!  There were a number of new faces and we have been noticing an upward trend we want to continue both in new membership and the number of papers submitted.

Mount Angel Abbey was a great location for the meeting with its monastic spirit, academic environment, Benedictine hospitality and beautiful geography.  I think all the participants were very pleased with the meeting.  We prayed for all the MSA members near and far, living and deceased!

One order of business was the election of new MSA officers.  We are most grateful to Father Thomas Buffer, a priest of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio, for his two years of service as President.  I was elected President for the next two years, with Dr. Robert Fastiggi, Professor at Sacred Heart Seminary of Detroit, serving with me as Vice-President.

We are pleased to announce the topic of the 2013 Meeting: Mary and the New Evangelization, and to call for papers for the conference.  The meeting will be held May 21-24 at the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio.

The upcoming Synod on the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith indicate the timeliness of this topic and we hope that this conference will help highlight the importance of the Blessed Virgin in the mission of the Church today.

This could be a particularly fruitful gathering, serving the Church by promoting renewed interest in Marian reflection and devotion.  I would like to encourage ALL OUR MEMBERSHIP to do everything possible to circulate the Call for Papers and to promote participation in the 2013 MSA Annual Meeting!

If you know anyone who might be interested in preparing a paper or who is simply interested in Mariology in America, please send that person or organization a copy of the Call for Papers!

Photo from MSA 2012 Photo of MSA 2012 site

I am also attaching a couple of photos from the 2012 meeting [see at right and left].  You can find a link to more photos on the MSA website.

God bless you all. I look forward to seeing many of you in May of 2013 in Cincinnati!

Rev. James H. Phalan, CSC
President, the Mariological Society of America
Director, Family Rosary International
Holy Cross Family Ministries

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian videos online

Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, an IMRI PRofessor, informed us about a video entitled In Honor of the Assumption of Mary on YouTube.

Also, Dr. Nastia Korbon informed us about L'abbé Laurentin, Marie et ses apparitions, a documentary in French about Father René Laurentin on the KTO TV website.  In this 52-minute video, Father Laurentin, a specialist in Marian devotions and former visiting Professor at IMRI, analyzes and defends the phenomena of apparitions, especially Lourdes.  Dr. Korbon tells us that this website also includes, Pellvoisin, a documentary about the reported Marian apparitions there (52 minutes in French).

Suggested A/V material

To celebrate this week's Marian Feast, please consider Finding Mary, a modern drama based on the Coronation 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 22, 2012, Francesca Franchina continues her talk with Father Tom Alkire, OC, from Los Angeles, CA about Miriam, the Blessed Virgin Mary, her role in Salvation History and the New Evangelization, the Year of Faith, bringing souls to the Father, Son, and the Paraclete, what the Passion and Death of Our Lord means in a bombastic world seemingly devoid of God, the Fatima Peace Plan, understanding Our Lady's Militia; times of trial, travail, and tribulation, and our part in the harvest.  Father is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests and the Association of the Precious Blood in Tallahassee, FL.  He will sing one of his inspired Marian songs on this Blessed Feast of the Queenship of Mary.  Father Tom is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Los Angeles, CA and has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.  This program will encore on Friday, August 24, at 11:00 PM and Monday morning, August 27, at 3:00 AM and will also be archived on [link to Francesca and Friends].  Available live to download on your personal iPhone and on the Archives.  Make allowances for your personal time zone.

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.

Francesca is no longer doing her Tuesday program, Through the Tummy to the Heart on Radio Maria, but all programs and recipes are still posted in the Archives on the Radio Maria website at  She will inaugurate commentary and blog on in the near future.

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, August 23, 2:30 PM on Mary in Media I

Michael Duricy, Thursday, August 24, 2:30 PM on Mary in Media II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Window on the Nascent Church in the USA: Beginnings Under Bishop John Carroll
by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

John Carroll, the first bishop of the newly-born United States of America, was ordained to the episcopacy on the feast of Mary's Assumption in 1790 in St. Mary's Chapel at Ludworth Castle in England.  This was the Weld family's ancestral home.  The Weld family had been staunch Catholics for centuries before, during, and after the Protestant Reformation.  John Carroll of Maryland chose this historic setting, and Bishop Charles Walmsley was the ordaining prelate.

Bishop John Carroll was born in 1735 to a wealthy, landowning family in Rock Creek, Maryland.  The only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Carroll, was his cousin.  John was educated by the Jesuits at St. Omer in France, then became a Jesuit and taught in France.  When the Jesuits were suppressed in 1773, he continued to teach and preach in France as a diocesan parish priest.  His love of teaching endured during his entire life.

At the age of forty, Father John Carroll returned to his mother's home in Rock Creek.  There he served as a parish priest while hostilities mounted between England and the colonies, until finally war erupted.

After the American Revolutionary War was settled in favor of the colonies and the new nation formed its independent government, Carroll was appointed the first Bishop of Baltimore.  He was ordained bishop on August 15, 1790, and soon after, named his cathedral church for Mary's Assumption.

The new diocese included the entire U.S.A., and Bishop John Carroll became shepherd for about 35,000 Catholics in a national population of four million. Catholicism began to flourish in many areas.  For the next quarter-century the new bishop set the pattern for the growth of the Catholic Church in the United States.  He shaped a creative and dynamic role for Catholicism in a new type of country guided by a new form of government.

Actually the Church had taken root in various areas of the New World that would become part of the U.S. within a few years of Columbus' first voyage.  The majority of Catholics at that time were Native Americans, and Spanish-speaking and French-speaking immigrants.  The first Catholic martyr was a Franciscan missionary, Father Juan de Padilla, who was killed in 1542 while evangelizing the natives of Quivira in present-day Kansas.

When the new diocese was a year old, Bishop Carroll convened a synod, a formal meeting of his clergy.  The diocesan synod addressed the pastoral needs of the faithful and set pastoral policies.  Twenty priests gathered at the bishop's house in Baltimore on November 7, 1791.  The first session of the diocesan synod dealt with policies for administering Baptism and Confirmation.  The following four sessions developed guidelines for admitting children to First Holy Communion and Reconciliation, faculties for the priests of the diocese, Matrimony, and religious education.  This synod was acclaimed a success both at home and abroad.  Its organization and manner of governance influenced the provincial and plenary councils of the nineteenth century and beyond.  Bishop Carroll's commitment as an attentive, teacher, bishop, and shepherd was clearly evident.

In the ensuing years Bishop John Carroll continued to promote the establishment of Catholic schools, the institution of religious congregations, and the creation of new parishes and dioceses.  He was effective in molding a healthy Church in his far-flung diocese, which included the original thirteen states, the Northwest Territory, and the vast Louisiana Purchase.  He is rightly credited with building a firm foundation on which the American Church would grow.

When Pope Pius VII established the dioceses of Boston and Bardstown in 1808, Baltimore became an archdiocese and John Carroll the first archbishop in the U.S.A.

During Carroll's episcopal tenure the uniquely American policy of religious freedom took form.  Already the Declaration of Independence began with the presupposition of faith in God, and the first article of the Bill of Rights prohibited Congress from making laws concerning an establishment of religion or interfering with the free exercise of religion.

In 1815 Archbishop John Carroll died. Catholicism had grown steadily.  The number of faithful increased fourfold, and the clergy doubled in number.  Carroll had established three seminaries, three colleges for men, and several academies for women.  He encouraged St. Elizabeth Seton's Sisters of Charity to spread throughout the East Coast and into the frontier.  Other religious congregations were invited from Europe, and they flourished across the country.  Archbishop Carroll had guided the infant Church in the new republic with faith, wisdom, and kindness.

This Year of Faith (October 2012 – November 2013) proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI affords us a special opportunity to recall and appreciate our past history, and to review and renew our baptismal commitment to the present and future.  In celebrating this year the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, let us value also the contribution of the Baltimore Catechism to our early religious education.

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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 Mary's Queenship.

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 posted the Program for the Twenty-Third International Marian and Mariological Congress to be held in Rome next September.

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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

Location: 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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Thousands Gather to Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe
Event in Los Angeles Celebrates Message of Apparition
Source: Zenit (Los Angeles, California) August 8, 2012

On Sunday, thousands gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a Guadalupe Celebration hosted by the Knights of Columbus, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Institute for Guadalupan Studies.

The Guadalupe Celebration brought together Catholics from across the five-million-member archdiocese, as well as faithful from other areas of Southern California and beyond.  The gathering was seen as a opportunity to come together to celebrate and honor the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who appeared to St. Juan Diego more than five-hundred years ago in Mexico.  The event further served as a lead-up to the Knights' 130th Supreme Convention, under way now in Anaheim.

The Guadalupe convention featured prayer, sacred song, contemporary Christian music, traditional Mexican performances, faith talks, inspirational witnesses along with a time to venerate the tilma relic of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The relic is a 1-inch-square piece of the tilma on which a miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted when she appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac in 1531.  The relic was a gift from the Archdiocese of Mexico City to then-Archbishop, John Cantwell, in gratitude for the 1941 pilgrimage by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in support of the Church in Mexico.  The relic is enshrined in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and was presented at the Guadalupe Celebration as a special loan from Archbishop José Gómez....

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.

Ethiopia's Defar Wins Gold in Women's 5,000m
Source: International Business Times (London), Aug 11, 2012

Ethiopian runner, Meseret Dafar, has won the gold medal in the women's 5,000-meter event at London's Olympic Stadium.

Early in the race a gold medal seemed unlikely as Tirunesh Dibaba, also of Ethiopia and the winner of the 10,000-meter, threatened to run away with the honors.  However, the 28-year-old Dafar ran an excellent last lap to claim victory in 15:04.25.  Dibaba eventually took bronze, finishing behind Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot and her time of 15:04.73.

N.B. The article shows Ethiopia's Meseret Defar holding a piece of cloth with an image of a religious icon of Jesus and Mary after she won the women's 5,000m final at the London Olympics 2012.

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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