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Dr. Judith M. Davis, a long-time member of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), has been teaching a introductory course on Mariology designed especially for non-Catholics, Mary, Mother of God, using Penelope Duckworth's Mary: The Imagination of the Heart as the primary text.  Dr. Davis recently sent us an email with additional details.

Last year I gave a paper on Mary in the Apocrypha at a conference on Mary sponsored by the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart.  It was very well received and seems to have generated the request for the current class.  Their Lifelong Learning program is a joint venture of Greencroft, a retirement complex, and Goshen College.  The audience is retired folks, mainly Mennonites.  The response has been really enthusiastic, I must say.  Blessings and best wishes.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Radio Maria's New Appointments

On Thursday, June 7, the Board of Directors for the English-speaking Radio Maria in the U.S. met in New York City.  They would like to share some significant changes and new appointments that were made at that time.  For further details click here.

Suggested A/V material

Please consider The Fifth Gospel: The Land and Sea of Galilee, from Family Theater Productions.  Click here for details, including a video clip.

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Radio Maria from The Marian Library

Prayer of Blessed John Paul II for Radio Maria

Mary, guide us in our major decisions and give us strength in times of trial so that we may, with humble courage, follow the hidden ways of Heaven, keeping faith with God and mankind so that we can bring the joyful message of Christ, the Savior, to the hearts and minds of all.

Mary, guiding star of evangelization, be with us.  Be with Radio Maria as guide and be its protector.

Radio Maria needs YOU!!  Radio Maria is having it's Fall Mariathon (on-air pledge drive) Tuesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 22.  You can help by calling in your pledge of support, comments, and prayer requests to 1-888-408-0201 or online at  Please consider either a one-time gift or joining ARMS21 (Association of Radio Maria Supporters donating $21/month).  If you're interested in contributing a Matching Gift or Grant, please contact our regional office at 937-425-8773.  Radio Maria features live broadcasts of several Masses, programs and events from Ohio--tune in for Holy Mass from Ohio parishes the third and fifth Sunday morning of each month.  Thank you in advance for your generous financial support and prayers for your local Catholic Radio Maria stations: 88.7 FM, Anna/West Central Ohio and 1600 AM, Springfield/Dayton.  You may also listen live by using our free mobile apps for Android, Blackberry and iPhone users or at where you'll also find podcasts of previous programs.  Radio Maria...a Christian voice in your home!

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, September 5, 2012, Francesca Franchina continues her talk with Father Tom Alkire, OC, from Los Angeles, CA about what the message of the Blessed Mother has been at different apparition sites, her titles, Rosa Mystica and Our Lady of Fatima, and what they have to do with today's world, her message, her requests, and how her messages fit together with the New Evangelization, the Year of Faith, Vatican II, the peace plan from Heaven, times of trial, travail, and tribulation, and our part in the harvest.  Father Alkire is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, and the Association of the Precious Blood in Tallahassee, FL.  He 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.

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:

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Thursday, September 6, 2:30 PM on Apparitions

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, September 7, 2:30 PM on Mary's Pilgrimage of Faith

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Window on the History of our Catechisms: Valuing Our U.S. Catechism
by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

The Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict for 2012-2013 invites us to appreciate more deeply and use more effectively the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

On October 11, 1992, Blessed John Paul II published his apostolic exhortation The Deposit of Faith (Fidei Depositum) to promulgate the new Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).  He chose that date to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, source of the CCC's inspiration.

John Paul II explained in The Deposit of Faith (IV, n. 4) that the CCC "is meant to encourage and assist in the writing of new local catechisms, which take into account various situations and cultures, while carefully preserving the unity of faith and fidelity to Catholic doctrine."  He envisioned the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a solid and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine and particularly for preparing local catechisms.  The bishops of the United States followed his direction and in June 2000 commissioned a national adult catechism.

The Roman Catechism - 1566

The bishops assembled for the Council of Trent in 1563 called for a compilation and publication of a printed catechism to include a comprehensive and systematic presentation of Catholic teachings. Pope St. Pius V saw to its completion, and the work was published in 1566 as the Roman Catechism. This valuable instructional tool became the sourcebook for local catechisms for centuries until its last edition in 1978.

The Baltimore Catechism – 1884

For Catholics in the U.S.A. the word catechism meant the Baltimore Catechism until the time of the Second Vatican Council. This catechism resulted from the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1884 when the bishops of the United States decided to publish a national catechism. It contained 421 questions and answers in thirty-seven chapters, and became the basic religious education text for many decades for countless millions of youth and adults.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church – 1992

With the dawn of the Second Vatican Council, Blessed John XXIII articulated a vision for the council fathers that charged them to present more effectively the deposit of faith and to make it more accessible to the Christian faithful and all people of good will in the contemporary world.

The benefits of a new universal catechism eventually captured the attention of the council fathers, who recognized the significant growth, new insights, and challenges faced by the Church and by society since the Council of Trent.  In 1985 a synod of bishops convened in Rome to mark the twentieth anniversary of Vatican II's conclusion.  The proposal for a new catechism was affirmed, and preparations began for a new reference book for the catechisms that would be produced for various parts of the world.  The result was the Catechism of the Catholic Church released in 1992, and a revised edition appeared in 1997.

The CCC is organized in four parts that treat the creed, the sacraments, morality, and prayer.  The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults follows the same order.  The content reflects the Apostolic Tradition, Scripture, and the Magisterium as well as the heritage of the Doctors, Fathers, and saints of the Church, while illuminating contemporary situations and questions.

The objective of the CCC is to guide the lifelong call to holiness and everlasting life by witnessing to Christ, the Church, and God's Kingdom of salvation, love, justice, mercy, and peace in the world.

The CCC is addressed not only to bishops, priests, teachers, and writers, but is meant for all the faithful and is offered to everyone who wants to know what the Catholic Church teaches.

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults – 2006

The United States Catholic Catechism for Adults is an adaptation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church intended for Latin and Eastern Catholics of the USA.  However, the Eastern Churches may develop their own catechisms to highlight their own traditions.

This edition follows same same order as the CCC. It is helpful in reflecting the sacramental language, practice, and discipline of the Eastern Churches to the level necessary to provide basic information to Latin Catholics about the Eastern Churches.

The unique and appealing structure of each chapter of the U.S. Catechism joins a story about living the faith with a particular teaching, then includes sidebars and doctrinal statements, relates the teaching to the culture, offers questions for discussion and hints for prayer.

In this Year of Faith make the effort to become better acquainted with the CCC and the U.S. Catechism.  You will find these books interesting, instructive, and inspiring.

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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 to see 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 Fall 2012 semester will commence on October 8, 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.

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).

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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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Cardinal Burke to Kenya Canon Law Convention
"The pressing pastoral task of the new evangelization calls for the involvement of the entire People of God."
Source: Zenit (Nairobi, Kenya) August 30, 2012

Here is the text of an address given Tuesday by Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, at the convention of the Canon Law Society of Kenya.

... The challenge of a new evangelization through a new knowledge of and respect for the canonical discipline of the Church is formidable.  But we must never forget that Our Lord, the New Moses, accompanies and strengthens us all along the way, and that Mary Immaculate unceasingly intercedes for us.

In undertaking the work of a new evangelization, let us invoke the intercession of Mary Immaculate under her title, Speculum Iustitiae, Mirror of Justice.  Mary Immaculate, conceived without any stain of sin, consecrated totally to Christ from the very first moment of her life, by her humility before God and by her total obedience to His will, is indeed a mirror of the justice which is the minimum but indispensable condition of the charity of a life lived in Christ.  The Blessed Virgin Mary, under her title of the Immaculate Conception, teaches us the hypocrisy of exalting charity, when we do not practice justice in obedience to God's law.  At the same time, she prays for us, drawing our hearts to her Immaculate Heart, in order that our hearts, like hers, may be totally for Christ, so that from our hearts may flow in abundance Christ's justice and charity.

I conclude with the exhortation with which Blessed Pope John Paul II concluded the Apostolic Constitution Sacrae Disciplinae Leges: "I therefore exhort all the faithful to observe the proposed legislation with a sincere spirit and good will in the hope, that there may flower again in the Church a renewed discipline and that consequently the salvation of souls may be rendered ever more easy under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church."

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.

Smoke Closes Apparition Tonight
Source: Medjugorje Headline (, Aug 31, 2012

Because of fires on the mountain and smoke, the [alleged] apparition tonight to Ivan was closed.  While we do not have a lot of information of the particulars, we do know that as pilgrims were making their way to Apparition Mountain this afternoon for Our Lady's apparition during the prayer group, they were met by other pilgrims coming down the mountain, and from Ivan's house who stated that because of smoke caused by fires on the mountain, the 10:30 pm apparition was closed.  The fires had been burning on the back side of Cross Mountain, and were making their way across the top and causing much smoke to engulf the mountain and surrounding area.  At this time, no fires are threatening directly the apparition spot on the mountain, but, we ask everyone to please keep this in prayer....

Click here for the complete article which includes pictures.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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