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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 are typical examples.

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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

3-D Tours for iPad Offer Virtual Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

Due to political, religious and even financial reasons, Jerusalem and its holy sites are not accessible to the greater part of the world.  But a group founded in 2012 aims to change that, at least virtually.  With the objective of bringing Jerusalem to everyone in the world, transcending geographical, political and religious boundaries, has launched its iPad and online Jerusalem 3-D Tours.

The apps offer informative, free 3-D tours of holy sites such as: Holy Sepulcher 3D (the site of Christ's Crucifixion, burial and resurrection) and Church of the Nativity 3D (site of Christ's birth). Other tours include the Western Wall 3D, Dome of the Rock 3D, Mount Zion 3D (Last Supper Room), and Gethsemane (site of Christ's arrest).

For more information see this article from Zenit.

Suggested A/V material

Judith Lungen, Deputy Director of the World Tolerance Center in Jerusalem, suggested a two-minute music video of the Salve Regina in Gregorian chant.  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 16, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with callers, OPEN MIC TODAY!  What are your suggestions and ideas about supporting and strengthening families, education, parenting, anger, developing and rebuilding relationships, communications, and whatever the Holy Spirit puts in your heart to talk about, ask and/or discuss.  What do you do to manage anger and conflict, difficult situations, vent and forgive and reconcile with others?  Have you experienced bullying, been bullied, or been the one who bullys?  How did you handle it?  How do you regulate TV watching, movies attended and games played by your children?  What is the reaction and the results in your children now or in the past when you did this?  How does Jesus play into this mix and what place does faith, hope, and charity hold within you, your family and those you work with and encounter?  What does food, diet, and exercise have to do with all these things?  Balance?  OPEN MIC, Your choice!

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 M Jean Frisk, Thursday, January 17, 2:30 PM on Living a Marian Lifestyle I

Sister M Jean Frisk, Friday, January 18, 2:30 PM on Living a Marian Lifestyle II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Archbishop Sheen's Message for the Year of Faith by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.

Another model for the Year of Faith is Archbishop Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979), recently proclaimed "Venerable" by Pope Benedict XVI in the process for his canonization.  Venerable Fulton Sheen's message for us is a call to a daily period of personal prayer.  As a seminarian he decided that he would observe a daily holy hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and he was faithful to that pledge during his entire life.

While not all may be able to spend an hour of prayer each day before the Blessed Sacrament, each of us can definitely make the effort to spend a small period of time daily in conversation with God.  The current Year of Faith calls us to a daily period of prayer, because prayer is the faith prayed.

Archbishop Sheen had determined that his daily holy hour was essential to his life as a priest, and likened it to "an oxygen tank that revived the breath of the Holy Spirit."

Born and educated in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, Venerable Fulton Sheen went on to study for the priesthood and earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Louvain in Belgium.  After a brief term as a parish priest, he became a noted professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America for a quarter century.  God blessed him with a special gift of preaching, a talent which he used most effectively to evangelize on radio's The Catholic Hour for twenty-five years and on television's Life Is Worth Living for five seasons.  Some credit him as the originator of television evangelism.  After becoming head of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, he was made a bishop and served with distinction in raising the consciousness of American Catholics regarding the material and spiritual needs of the Church's missions.  Over the years he authored a number of popular books [including The World's First Love on the Virgin Mary], and directed countless retreats, especially for priests.  His reputation for leading converts, many of whom were prominent citizens, into the Church was exceptional.  After his death he was buried in the crypt of New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral, where he had frequently preached.

How was Archbishop Sheen able to succeed in his pastoral ministry?  He attributed his achievements to the power of prayer, to "the hour that makes my day."  In his autobiography he explains that "We become like that which we gaze upon.  Looking into a sunset the face takes on a golden glow.  Looking at the Eucharistic Lord ... transforms the heart in a mysterious way."

Venerable Fulton John Sheen encouraged the practice of a daily period of prayer--before the Blessed Sacrament when possible.  That heritage endures today in the lives of many and in parishes that have introduced adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Holy Spirit, the teacher of prayer, is clearly present in the prayer life of the Church.  Prayer is the faith prayed.

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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 The Marianist Corner.

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 the schedule for our upcoming symposium, Our Faith and Mary.  We have also added comments on Mary's Faith from Benedict XVI to our material for the Year of Faith.

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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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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's Midnight Mass Homily
"Christmas Can Be a Moment of the Most Profound and Valid Human Emotions"
Source: Zenit (Dublin) December 27, 2012

The Gospel we have just heard is about two kingdoms.  There is the kingdom of Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor who calls a census of the entire world.  He is anxious to consolidate his reign politically and financially and to extend his effective control of what was considered the whole world of the time.  By any way of thinking the expansion of the Roman Empire was a remarkable achievement rarely replicated in later history.  It brought a unified cultural and political reality into being.  Caesar Augustus was so satisfied with his achievement that he even thought of himself as a god.

Alongside this vast kingdom which seeks consolidation another king appears: the infant who is to be found in a manger.  Jesus is born outside the circle of power and authority.  The stable itself would have been outside the city.  His first abode is that of the outsider.  He is born not in the palaces of kings or even the comfort of an ordinary family but into a place not designated for human habitation.  He is laid to rest not on a throne, not even in the somewhat elegant mangers of our cribs, but in the roughness of a feeding trough for animals.

Interestingly in Saint Luke's short account of the birth of Jesus this manger is mentioned three times.  We are told that Mary laid her infant in the manger.  The shepherds are told that it is a manger which will be for them the key to identifying new born savior.  And it is when they reach the unlikely scene of a new-born in a manger that they recognize in this the person of the savior, the Messiah and Lord....

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 O Come Let Us Adore Him
Source: Campus News (University of Dayton) December 20, 2012

Families and groups looking for a special way to celebrate the holidays can still visit the University of Dayton's exhibit of Nativities after Christmas Day.

At the Manger: Peace on Earth, an exhibit of more than two hundred Nativities at the University's Roesch Library, is open through Jan. 27, but will be closed on January 21.  The exhibit is drawn from the vast collection of Nativities, also called crèches, held by the University's Marian Library....

Exhibit hours vary. For information on exhibits, hours, directions and parking, visit or call 937-229-4234.  Guided group tours are available on request by calling 937-229-4214.  All events are free and open to the public.

The University of Dayton's Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute holds the largest collection in the world of printed materials on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The collection includes nearly three-thousand crèches as well as Marian art from around the world.

Click here for the complete article which includes an embedded two-minute video of pieces on display.

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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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