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Francesca Franchina, program host on Radio Maria and IMRI student, will lead a charismatic retreat in Cincinnati for the Lighthouse Renewal Center on September 14-15, 2012.  Click in to see details or for the complete brochure in PDF.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Changes to Film on the Life of Mary

MGM had been working on Mary, Mother of Christ for years and the film is still in the pre-production phase.  Recent news updates indicate a number of changes to the cast, most notably that Odeya Rush will replace Camilla Belle as Mary.  At present, the film is expected out around March 2013.  For further details from the Internet Movie Database click here.

Suggested A/V material

Family Theater has posted a number of religious videos on YouTube. Just type "family theater productions" into their search box, then choose from the many clips available for display.  Click here to see Meet Family Theater Productions, a short video overview of their media ministry.

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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 29, 2012, Francesca Franchina and Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., past President of the international Association of Christian Therapists (ACT) and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing discuss the mission of the Association of Christian Therapists and its members in medical and health professions, and the ACT Annual International Conference to be held October 2012 in Schaumburg, IL.  Hear how we tend to magnify our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wounds, and define ourselves by our woundedness, weaknesses, and fears, and often dismiss the Holy Spirit who is closer to us than we are even to ourselves.  Learn how to turn to Jesus and His Holy Spirit to be a person of expectant faith, hope and love.  Realize how the power of the Holy Spirit carries us in illness and good health, and the joyful/joy-filled blessings of generational and attitudinal healing. (cf. Romans 8:26–28)

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:

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Thursday, August 30, 2:30 PM on Teaching Mary I

Sister M. Jean Frisk, Friday, August 31, 2:30 PM on Teaching Mary II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Catechisms and Catechists
by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

As we prepare to begin the Year of Faith marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is helpful to examine the various meanings attached to the terms, "catechism" and "catechist," throughout history.

Long before the invention of the printing press in 1450, learning was passed on primarily by word of mouth.  Learning was an oral and aural experience.  "Catechism" comes from an ancient Greek verb that means "to echo."  A teaching would be explained or recited and the listener would be asked to "echo" it, or repeat it until it was learned.  This method of learning reached back to ancient times.  Even before the establishment of the Christian Church, Jewish teachers in the Old Testament era had taught the Scriptures by asking the learner to repeat verses again and again.  This was a common method of teaching and learning.

With the development of the printing press, the speak-and-echo method of catechesis was adapted to a question-and-answer approach that could be set in print.  The Church adopted this system, and it was successful.  This is evident in the influence of the catechisms authored by St. Peter Canisius (d. 1597) and St. Robert Bellarmine (d. 1621).

On a deeper and more personal level, both catechist and catechized were expected to interiorize the truth being studied and to "echo" it in their personal lives by the faithful living of the lesson.  It is with this intent that the late Cardinal John Wright chose as his episcopal motto, Resonare Jesum.  Echo Jesus!

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New Exhibit

Moved by the Spirit: Artist Interpretations on the Life of Jesus

The University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery will feature a group exhibit, curated by Louise Tessier, featuring works from twelve artists working in clay, wood, textiles, paper, glass, painting, jewelry and iconography. Each artist has interpreted an event in the life of Jesus within his or her own artistic style and through his or her own faith experience. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, September 4, through Friday, September 28, in the gallery on the seventh floor of Roesch Library.  Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or through special arrangement by calling 937-229-4214.  Click 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 September Poetry.

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 at the Antonianum in Rome from September 4-9, 2012 as well the Call for Papers for the 2013 annual meeting of the Mariological Society of America (MSA).  We have also revised and expanded our collection of Polish Poetry and our list of Marian shrines in the USA.

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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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Carl Anderson at Hispanic Leaders Conference
"We owe future generations of immigrants a country where they can practice their faith."
Source: Zenit (Miami, Florida) August 28, 2012

Here is the text of an address given Saturday by Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, at the annual conference of CALL (the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders).

Your Excellencies, Reverend Fathers, Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a pleasure to be with you this evening here in Miami.

Miami is a city that makes obvious the fact that our continent includes both cultural diversity and a unity based on faith.

In fact, though we may individually trace our heritage back to different countries, all of us have inherited a place on the Catholic continent.  All of us are heirs to the legacy of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Diego.  And all of us have a role to play in the New Evangelization of our hemisphere....

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.

Oldest Vowed Religious Man Passes Away at 103
Source: Flyer News (University of Dayton), Aug 24, 2012

Brother Frank Deibel, S.M., the nation's oldest vowed religious man, passed away July 30 at Mercy Siena Gardens, a retirement community and assisted living facility, in Dayton.  Deibel was just weeks away from turning 104 and celebrating 86 years since first taking his vows into the Society of Mary.

Deibel worked at the University of Dayton's libraries until moving to Mercy Siena in 2003. He was known for his love of people and kept in touch with more than one-hundred friends through email. “He had a very positive spirit, a child-like quality that everyone loved,” said Father Thomas Schroer, former director of the Marianist community at Mercy.

Deibel was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1908.  He attended the Marianist Postulate at Mount St. John, a school for boys interested in becoming Marianists as adults, according to a University of Dayton press release.  The press release also noted that he was the oldest vowed religious man known by the National Religious Retirement Office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  According to a Flyer News article, Deibel knew he wanted to join the Marianist community from a young age.  He believed he needed to "save his soul" and saw the community as a good opportunity to do so....

N.B. Brother Frank worked at The Marian Library for many years just prior to retirement.  All of us here remember him fondly and ask our readers to remember him in their prayers.  May God grant him eternal memory and blessed repose.

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of September 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 September.

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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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