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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.

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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, Dr. Gloria Dodd informed us that a pro-life event in reparation for forty years of legalized abortion will be held in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, January 19, 2013.  A Rosary Procession will take place from City Hall at 801 Plum Street starting at 11 am, with a rally to follow at Fountain Square starting at noon.  For more details click into

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Recent Documentary on Marian Apparitions

Apparition, a documentary film about the presence of Mary in the world lasting seventy minutes was made in 2010.  For details, or to obtain a copy, click into

Suggested A/V material

Dr. Gloria Dodd suggested a six-minute music video made by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, as a good Marian resource for the current Year of Faith.  It is available on 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 9, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with Madonna Spaeth, MS, LSW, Director of Caring Families, Dayton, OH about supporting and strengthening families, education classes in parenting, anger management, mentoring, developing and rebuilding relationships, communications and much, much more.  New 2013 classes will be starting on Anger Management, Parenting, Mars and Venus, Four Steps of Grieving After Loss of A Love Relationship, Bullying, and Trauma Survival.  Call 937-643-4000 to register for classes.

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 John Fletcher, CC, Thursday, January 10, 2:30 PM on Marian Consecration

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Woman Often Overlooked At Christmas by Father Lou Guntzelman

There's the Ave Maria of composers Schubert and Gounod, Raphael's Madonnas, Michelangelo's Pieta, the architect's Notre Dame, Catholics praying the rosary with their repeated praise, "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee."

Even sports has its "Hail Mary play."

A quiz show host asked, "What woman, in all of time, has had the most paintings, statues, poetry and buildings dedicated to her?"

The answer, of course, is Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.

The Rev. Peter J. Gomes, professor and minister at Harvard's Memorial Church, tells a story:

"When Dean William Inge, the late 'gloomy dean' of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, died and was ushered into the presence of God, Jesus came down from God's right hand and said, 'Ah, Mr. Inge, welcome to heaven.  I know you have met my Father, but I don't believe you have met my Mother.' "

"Who is this woman," asks Gomes, "and why are they making such a fuss over her?  Part of our problem with Mary is, I suspect, that we know her to be a woman, and we believe her to be Catholic, and even in these enlightened days ... such an identity creates a problem for us Protestants.  Yet it is impossible to consider the advent of our Lord and the will of God without considering this woman who becomes for us the means of the new creation."

God sent the angel Gabriel to visit Mary according to Luke's gospel.  The visit was neither anticipated nor particularly welcomed.

Gabriel greeted the young woman with the words, "Hail, O favored one," or, "Hail, Mary, full of grace."

Luke also tells us, "She was greatly troubled and wondered what sort of greeting this might be."

Mary's special summons was no different from that to Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and Jeremiah.  They all found themselves surprised by the call of God, and somewhat troubled by it.  God's call is often an unsolicited interruption to people's plans and routine.

Mary undoubtedly wondered, "Why me?" "Why now?" "What does this mean?"

By the greeting, "Hail, Mary, full of grace," or "highly favored one," the angel indicated to her that she is being chosen not because of some earned quality, but rather that she is full of grace and favor because she is being chosen by the will of God.

The Rev. Dr. Gomes says, "God does not choose us to fulfill His purposes because we are worthy of such a choice, or because we are good enough to do what He wishes.  We have not won some prize competition, or passed a Rhodes scholarship final interview.  No, God chooses for reasons known only to Him, and it is the choice that confers the favor."

If there are any predictable attributes for God's selection, they are that God chooses what is humble, ordinary, and of no apparent account to use for his purposes.

Through my life I have had a devotion to Mary.  I believe she is a human person, not a divine person.  I do not worship her as a mini-god.

Rather, Mary's image represents to me the Mother Love of God, the feminine side of God, the tenderness of God.

Do we need an image of a woman to reflect the tenderness of God?  In the absolute sense we do not.

Yet, as sociologist Father Andrew Greeley has pointed out, "The human experience of gender differentiation being what it is, it helps to have such an image, and it is probably inevitable that one would develop.  Long before the doctrines were elaborated, stories of her were told.  They are stories that God loves us like a mother as well as a father.  That is at the core of the appeal of Mary."

As we Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we acknowledge as well this woman so honored by God.  From her Jesus took his features and his DNA, accepted her rearing as well as her support at the critical times of his life and death.

When my own days become troubled, as were some of hers, she is an inspiration to me.  I try to imitate the way she handled God's unfathomable plans for her life.  Mary eventually answered "yes" to God's request that day of Gabriel's visit.

Luke said she did so with the words, "... let it be done to me according to your will."  What good advice!

Perhaps odd of me to say, but I even hear her advice echoed in a Beatle's song:

When I find myself in times of trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking words of wisdom, "Let it be."
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me,
Speaking words of wisdom, "Let it be."

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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 Spring 2013 semester will commence on February 4, 2013.

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 Roses of Light and Reflections on Adèle.

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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through December 30, 2012 and also updated The Flight to Egypt.

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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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Thousands Gather for "Family Day" in Madrid
Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Presides Over Eucharist
Source: Zenit (Madrid) January 2, 2013

On Sunday, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela presided over a solemn Mass in Plaza de Colón in Madrid, Spain, on the feast of the Holy Family.

The Mass, which began after Benedict XVI's message to the families, was concelebrated by several Spanish prelates including Cardinal Luis Maria Sistach of Barcelona, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and, Cardinal Vicenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

In his homily, Cardinal Rouco recalled that the Feast of the Holy Family brings us together today, again, in this year that is ending, 2012, a critical and painful year for so many reasons, to give thanks to God for our families rooted in faith in Jesus Christ, in the Redeemer of man, and to beseech Him for the good of the Christian family, the true hope for today.  Because only the family conceived and lived in the fullness of its truth, as the unambiguous and indestructible language of human nature teaches, clears the horizon of hope for man and for the society of our time.  A truth that is known, understood and fully realized when sought with humble sincerity in listening to the Word of God and by fervent participation in the celebration of the Sacrament of the Eucharist.  In the Holy Family of Nazareth there was opened and began the true and definitive story of the world's salvation; a story that no crisis, even if it involves and includes the greatest and most horrendous sins of man, can ever stop, and much less, annul.

We meet on this bright Sunday morning of the Holy Family in Madrid's Plaza de Colón, reminiscent of many memorable ecclesial gatherings, to form the great Family of the Children of God, to profess before the world, in the light of the divine Word and realizing "eucharistically" the Mystery of our Redemption, our faith in the Truth of the Christian Family reflected, made possible and fully and definitively founded in the Holy Family of Nazareth: in the Family of Jesus, Joseph and Mary....

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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 ESBVM Goes Social!
Source: The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary-USA Newsletter (January 2013)

The ESBVM has joined with both Facebook and Twitter! The following is taken from the ESBVM website.

The ESBVM web site is now linked to both Facebook and Twitter.  Posts on the ESBVM website are now Tweeted with a URL link and appear as posts on ESBVM's Facebook page.  If you are signed up to Twitter and follow ESBVM, you will receive a Tweet each time a new post appears here, and can re-Tweet it to a wider audience.  If you are on Facebook, and press the Like ESBVM button, a summary of each post will appear in your newsfeed and can be 'Liked' [or 'shared'] to a wider audience.

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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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