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Father R. K. Samy, IMRI student and rector of the Marian shrine of Vailankanni in India, recently celebrated the golden anniversary of the shrine by hosting a national Mariological symposium there from October 5-7, 2012 with the support of Archbishop Soc.  Click here to see the program: Page 1 and Page 2.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Photobook on UD's Mirror of Hope sculpture

The University of Dayton announces the publication of a new photo book by Father Johann Roten on the Mirror of Hope sculpture, which has been on display in the first floor lobby of Roesch Library since 2000.

Mirror of Hope tells the story of its development by artist Kevin Hanna and its growth from a simple Nativity scene into a massive installation of more than 240 pieces, encompassing the sweep of human history as told by the Old and New Testaments.  It was commissioned by The Marian Library to commemorate the University's 150th anniversary and also 2,000 years of Christianity.

Father Roten will give a talk on "The Mirror of Hope Reality in Book" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Roesch library.  The talk is free and open to the public.  The book is $15 plus tax and will be available for purchase through the University of Dayton's Bookstore and also through the Stable Store.  Father Roten will sign books following the lecture.

Suggested A/V material

Click here to visit the official website for the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France.  This site includes a video feed of live events at the shrine.

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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.

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.

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 audio archive!

This week's programs:

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, Thursday, November 1, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Communion of Saints I

Sister Celia Chua, MIC, Friday, November 2, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Communion of Saints II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Serra and the Year of Faith: "I want to be a missionary." by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Brother John sent us the following article on church history which was published in Catholic San Francisco, October 5, 2012, page 19.

During this Year of Faith we will mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Junipero Serra next November 24.  Blessed Junipero Serra (1713-1784), the first apostle and colonizer of Alta, California was a model evangelizer and is a benchmark for the missionary spirit for spreading and renewing the faith in the Year of Faith we are now celebrating.  As a devotee of Mary, he composed a solemn novena to honor her Immaculate Conception.

A native of Petra on the Spanish island of Majorca and baptized Miguel Jose, he followed in the footsteps of his early educators, the Franciscans, and took the name of Junipero, who was a disciple of St. Francis himself.  After a decade of service as a noted preacher and professor of philosophy, he rekindled his early desire to be a missionary and requested to be sent to Mexico in the new World.  In 1749 at the age of thirty-six he wrote a formal petition to his provincial superior: "All my life I have wanted to be a missionary.  I have wanted to carry the Gospel teachings to those who have never heard of God and the kingdom He has prepared for them."

Fray Junipero was missioned to the New World in Mexico, where he served the native populations for twenty years.  When Spain decided to complete the occupation of California, he and other specially-trained Franciscan missionaries accompanied the military and the colonists.  During the ensuing fifteen years in Alta California, he founded the first nine of the twenty-one missions.  In this period Serra was compelled to confront the military and civil authorities concerning the mistreatment of the Native Americans.  He drafted a statement of thirty-two grievances which he personally presented to the Viceroy in Mexico.  Some of his recommended improvements were implemented and some were overlooked.

Though afflicted with an ulcerated leg wound, Padre Serra frequently visited his missions, often walking rather than riding horseback because St. Francis of Assisi had always walked.  Records show that he baptized and confirmed thousands of natives without neglecting the colonists and the soldiers.  He was beloved by all.  While concentrating on the spiritual needs of the neophytes and catechumens, he and his collaborators did not forget their material welfare.  The natives were taught methods of farming, cattle raising, along with arts and crafts.  The native peoples were educated to shift from an unsettled lifestyle to a stable domestic way of life.  Serra's extensive written reports filed with government and religious authorities reveal a saintly man who loved and served his people as an adept teacher, organizer and manager.

Although some Spaniards were guilty of abusive treatment, Padre Serra had never been guilty of mistreatment.  On the contrary, he defended the natives from harm.  In 1784 Father Serra died at Mission San Carlos Borromeo, and later he was buried in the sanctuary of its church.  When Pope John Paul II beatified Junipero Serra on September 25, 1988, he praised the Apostle of California as "an exemplary model of the selfless evangelizer, a shining example of Christian virtue and the missionary spirit."  These are the traits we are challenged to exhibit in this Year of Faith.

A statue of Junipero Serra represents California in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.  Imposing statues of the colonizer of California also grace Golden Gate Park in San Francisco and are also prominently placed in many other cities throughout the state.  His name has been adopted by the international lay organization of men and women known as the Serra Club, which is dedicated to fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Blessed Junipero Serra witnessed to the holiness of the Church and its concern for all people.  As an extraordinary missionary and an exceptional example of the Church's apostolic calling to preach and exemplify the Gospel to everyone, he personifies the spirit of the new evangelization that characterizes the current Year of Faith.

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Current Exhibit

Faces and Flowers of Mary

The University of Dayton's Marian Library Gallery will feature an exhibit of works by Marilyn Hart.  The exhibit will run from Monday, October 1, through Friday, November 9, 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.  An artist's reception was held from on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

At the Manger 2012

Click here for advanced notice, about the exhibit of nativity scenes to held in the Roesch Library Gallery, which opens with a Grand Open House on Saturday, November 24.  Click here for more details.

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 conclude on November 9, 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 Mary and the Communion of Saints.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French). The latest updates were Seychelles, St. Helena, Swaziland, Senegal, and Uganda.

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 revised and expanded The Year of Faith with Mary, Salvation and Mary, and Praying to Mary.

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Late Raphael

Title: Exposition Raphaël, les dernières années

Date: October 11, 2012 - January 14, 2013, 9 am - 6 pm

Location: Napoleon Hall at the Louvre in Paris, France

This unprecedented exhibition, organized by the Louvre in partnership with the Prado Museum, brings together the works produced by Raphael in Rome during the last years of his short life.  It includes many well-known images of the Madonna.  Click here for details in English or in French.

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A Relic of John Paul II Will Be Taken to Lourdes
Source: VIS (Vatican City) October 19, 2012

A relic of Blessed John Paul II will be transported to the French shrine of Lourdes during a pilgrimage organized by UNITALSI (Italian National Union for Transport of the Sick to Lourdes and International Shrines).  The pilgrimage is to take place from October 21-27.

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, has granted UNITALSI permission to take a reliquary containing blood of John Paul II, so that it can be seen and venerated by pilgrims from all over the world.

Speaking on Vatican Radio, Salvatore Pagliuccia, president of UNITALSI, noted that we currently are in the Year of Faith, and the Synod of Bishops is meeting to examine the question of new evangelization, "a theme very close to John Paul II's heart."  That Pope's "influence is still felt in the Church and among the faithful," he said.  Thus, "the presence of the reliquary of the blessed on the pilgrimage is a very significant sign, because it represents the presence of his ideas and his sentiments, above all the presence of the love which, as man and as pastor, he gave to people, to the faithful, and in particular to the sick and those with disabilities."

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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.

Nativities on Display at UD Beginning Nov. 24
Source: Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH), October 26, 2012

More than two-hundred nativity sets will be on display at the University of Dayton in an exhibit that is free and open to the public.

At the Manger: Peace on Earth runs from Saturday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Jan. 27, at Roesch Library.  A grand opening will be from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, on three floors of Roesch Library.  The family-oriented event includes four separate exhibits, children's activities, light refreshments, live entertainment, shopping at The Stable Store and a college football viewing area.  It is free and open to the public.

UD also will celebrate the publication of a new photo book by the Rev. Johann Roten, Marian Library director of research and special projects, on the Mirror of Hope sculpture, which has been on display in the first floor lobby of Roesch Library since 2000.

Roten will give a talk on "The Mirror of Hope Reality in Book" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the library.  The talk is free and open to the public.  The book is $15 plus tax.  Roten will sign books following the lecture.

Exhibit hours vary.  For more information go to or call 937-229-4234.  Guided group tours are available on request by calling 937-229-4214.  All campus exhibits will be closed Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 31 through Jan. 1.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of November 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 November.

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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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