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We have received a number of emails from readers commending our institute and its website, The Mary Page.  Thank you all for your encouragement and support.  The following is a typical example.

Thanks for your kindly attention.  Best wishes to you for a happy Advent culminating in a joyful Christmas!



Dr. Sarah Jane Boss, Director of the Centre for Marian Studies at the University of Roehampton in London, informed us of a series of study days on Marian shrines.  The first will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 11 am - 5 pm and will discuss Our Lady of Lourdes.  Dr. Catherine O'Brien, long-time member of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), will be one of the speakers.  For further details, please contact Dr. Boss by email at

Also, Val Finnell, a Deacon with the Anglo-Catholic Society of Mary (SOM), provided us with the following invitation to the Marian chapel for their local chapter located at 139 Jackson St., Dayton, Ohio:

The Anglican Society of Mary meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM in Dayton, Ohio.  At the next SOM meeting on Saturday, January 5, 2013, we will pray the Joyous Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, offer our prayers and intentions, and provide an opportunity to view/venerate a relic from the tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please invite your friends.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Mary Gardens Book Mentioned on Facebook

The Forward Day by Day daily meditations on Facebook included the following comments during Advent about Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends, and Meditations by Vincenzina Krymow:

She was a woman-child, gathering herbs and drying them in the open-air kitchen of her small stone house.  "Mary was the first disciple and the first Christian," writes Vincenzina Krymow in Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends, and Meditations.  "At one time all flowers and plants honored Mary in legend or name....  The angel Gabriel is said to have held a [Madonna] lily in his hand....  The columbine (Our Lady's Shoes) sprang from the earth where Mary's foot stepped when she was on her way to visit Elizabeth."
It seems strange, in sparse December, to think of flowers.  But I can imagine a gardener, a lover of Mary, standing over the area where seeds were planted back when the weather was warm.  When roses scented the air.  Now the gardener watches over the bare earth.  Alone, except for a curious dove on an evergreen tree, the gardener knows this is a holy moment.  God was in the pious mother.  God is in the seed.  God is in the waiting.  Our salvation draws near.

The second edition of Mary's Flowers: Gardens, Legends and Meditations, by Vincenzina Krymow, with illustrations by A. Joseph Barrish, S.M. and meditations by M. Jean Frisk, was published in 2011 by Tau Publishing.

The award-winning book was first released in 1999 in hard cover, and 2002 in soft cover. It received a first-place award for Design and Production and a third-place award for Spirituality: Hard Cover from the Catholic Press Association in 2000.

Mary's Flowers has been called a treasury of botanical history and lore. Thirty Mary-named flowers and their legends, as well as meditations for each flower, tell of significant moments in the life of Mary and her son, Jesus. Illustrations based on medieval woodcuts bring each bloom to colorful life.

Copies are available at The Marian Library and from the publisher. Mary's Flowers is featured on their website.

Suggested A/V material

Dr. Nastia Korbon informed us that a music video of Mary Sweet Mary from the Bless the Broken Roads album of Selah & Plumb is available online at YouTube.

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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.

On Wednesday, January 2, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Tom Alkire, OC, of Los Angeles, CA, about the Blessed Mother, Queen of Peace, the alleged 2012 Christmas Medjugorje Message from Jesus and the Blessed Mother, and what we, the believers of Jesus Christ, are called to do about the world situation.  Father Tom traveled to Medjugorje four times and lived with the family of Mirjana Soldo, one of the visionaries, and will share his experience and Scriptural references to the signs and symbols of Fatima and Medjugorje.  Jesus and Our Lady are equipping us with spiritual weapons and the Fatima Peace Plan from Heaven continues to unravel and become known in this the Year of Faith and The New Evangelization.  Father Tom Alkire, a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests and the Association of the Precious Blood in Tallahassee, FL, 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 audio archive!

This week's programs:

Father Johann Roten, S.M., Thursday, January 3, 2:30 PM on Religion and Culture

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, January 4, 2:30 PM on Mary and Ecumenism

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Christmas 2012 by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

May you be blessed with the gift of faith, the blessings of hope, and the peace of His love at Christmas and always.  You and your intentions are remembered in my Christmas novena of Masses and prayer.  May you and all those dear to you experience the gift of God's love for us at Christmas and throughout the New Year of 2013.
With Christmas love, Brother John

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Current Exhibit

At the Manger 2012

Click here for information, about Peace on Earth, the exhibit of nativity scenes being held in the Roesch Library Gallery and elsewhere through January 27, 2013.  Click here for more details.

From Nov. 19, 2012 through Jan. 31, 2013 the Marian Collection of Father Joseph J. Schuck, Mary - A Labor of Love will also be on display in the Marian Library Gallery.

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 concluded 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 Spring 2013.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Epiphany East and West.

Material on international stamps with images of Mary exists on The Mary Page (also available in French). The latest updates were Sierra Leone, Tokelau, Zaire, and Zambia.

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 information about our upcoming symposium, Our Faith and Mary.  We have also updated Roses of Light and Mirror of Hope.

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Deepen Your Faith During Lent

Title: The Way of Christ, and Journeying with Mary in Lent

Date: Six weeks during Lent: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 (Ash Wednesday) - Sunday, March 31, 2013 (Easter)

Location: This seasonal retreat will be led ONLINE by Professor Virginia M. Kimball as part of the Deepening Your Faith series presented by Continuing and Career Education at Assumption College.

Presented in the spirit of the Church's "Year of Faith," this online retreat will provide solid theological and spiritual material for those wanting to deepen their faith experience during Lent.  Attendees will take part in theological and spiritual enrichment each week, proceeding along the way with reflection and prayer on key passages of scripture (with the encouragement to read scripture daily in Lent); presentations on Christian life; and Marian poetic meditations presenting Mary as a model of discipleship.  It is intended for adult Catholics, including all parish members, church ecclesial staff, pastoral ministers, and catechists and teachers.

For more information click here.

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Cardinal Piacenza's Letter to Mothers of Priests and Seminarians
Source: Zenit (Rome) January 2, 2013

Here is a translation of the letter sent by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, to the mothers of priests and seminarians.

Letter to Mothers of Priests and Seminarians and to all those who Exercise the Gift of Spiritual Maternity in their regard on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Mother of God

Causa nostrae Letitiae--Cause of our Joy!  The Christian People have always venerated the Blessed Virgin Mary with profound gratitude, contemplating in her the cause of our every true Joy.

Indeed, in welcoming the Eternal Word into her immaculate womb, Mary Most Holy gave birth to the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, the only Savior of the world. In Him, God Himself has come to meet man.  He has lifted him up from sin and He has given him eternal life, that is, a share in His very own life.  By adhering to God's will, Mary participated in a unique and unrepeatable way in the mystery of our redemption, thereby becoming the Mother of God, the Gate of Heaven and the Cause of our Joy....

Click here for 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.

The Angelus Bell Tower and Mary Garden in Woods Hole

In the Louvre a famed Millet painting portrays a man and woman pausing, heads bowed, during their work in the field.  The title, The Angelus indicates that they are praying in response to the ringing of the bells of the distant church spire.

So too the bell tower on Millfield Street along the Eel Pond shore in Woods Hole chimes that same call to devotion, proclaiming the Incarnation at 7 am, noon, and 6 p.m.  The tower and the distinctive adjacent flower garden were the gifts of Frances Crane Lillie to Saint Joseph's Church.  What follows is a history and description of the tower and garden which are open to the public, and notes on the artists and others whom Mrs. Lillie engaged to bring them into being....

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of January 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 January.

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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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