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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.

Please accept my thanks for this wonderful work of research.  I may be in further touch with you with some more questions.



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, Sister Celia Chua sent us the following information.

The Third Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference will be held at a Marian Shrine in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines from April 11-17, 2013.  The theme will evolve around Mary in theological anthropology and in Scripture.  Sister Isabell Naumann, Sister Celia Chua, and Father Johann Roten are invited speakers.  Hopefully more IMRI and Marianum graduates from Asia and Oceania will also participate.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

IMRI Professor Publishes New Book on Marian Title

In December, 2012, the Academy of the Immaculate published Dr. Gloria Falcăo Dodd's The Virgin Mary: Mediatrix of All Grace, a text on the history and theology of the movement for the Catholic Church to define this Marian title as a dogma.  Click here for details, including information about ordering.

Suggested A/V material

For the anniversary of the apparitions at Lourdes, please consider watching the classic 1945 film, Song of Bernadette, which won four Academy Awards including Best Actress for Jennifer Jones in her debut.  The entire 157 minute black-and-white film may be viewed 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, February 6, 2013, Francesca Franchina speaks with Jeff Cavins, noted Catholic television and radio personality, author, and family man.  Mr. Cavins will speak about his recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, his return to Catholicism, and his blessedly-effective seminars and writings presented personally and through media presentations in parishes (e.g. Psalms: The School of Prayer; The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation, and the new series, Walking Toward Eternity and Galatians).  Jeff will be in Sunbury, OH (near Columbus) Friday, February 8, 2013 discussing his witness book and CD, I'm Not Being Fed, at St. John Neumann Church, 9633 E. State Route 37, Sunbury, OH 43074 at 7:00 PM.  Open seating is available.

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, M.I.C., Thursday, February 7, 2:30 PM on Lourdes

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Domingo Lazaro, S.M.--The Role of Family and Parents in Education by Father Enrique Torres, S.M.

Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. sent us material to supplement his previous article on Father Lazaro stating: This article offers an interesting and important perspective on educating the whole person.  It conveys the thought of renowned educator and now Servant of God, Father Domingo Lazaro, S.M.

The Key Element in Education

The Servant of God, Father Domingo Lazaro, S.M. (1879-1935), was a noted and successful Marianist educator of both Spanish and international renown.  The principles and views he promoted for effective and comprehensive education several generations ago are clearly apropos for today's society.

His emphasis on the role of the family and the importance of the parents as the primary educators of the student is highlighted in the comments below.  The following are excerpts from a monograph about him.

"The Timeliness of Domingo Lázaro’s Approach: Education for the Family and in the Family"
by Father Enrique Torres, S.M.
Translated from Spanish to English by Brother Michael Galvin, S.M.

The figure of Domingo Lázaro, Marianist Christian educator of youth, acquires renewed relevance in our times.  Dońa Carmen Gayarre, spiritual daughter of Father Domingo and a pioneer in special education in Spain, made this declaration in her deposition as part of the process of beatification on behalf of Father Domingo.

"Domingo Lázaro is a true model for Christian educators in these times when educators are so necessary and in these moments that so much resemble the time in which he lived."

Reflect on this insight that is central to Father Domingo's thinking: the importance of the family in education.  It was a recurrent theme in his pedagogy already in the days when he was principal in San Sebastian.  It was the topic to which he dedicated a series of articles published eleven years after his death in 1946 in the book Forjando el Porvenir (Forging the Future).  Consider several thoughts from this book:

"The family is by its very nature an educational center and it should be the principal center of education....  Parents, while recognizing their limitations and, to some extent, their insufficiency, are nonetheless 'more competent than others'....  Education that takes place outside the home is very incomplete and frequently it works at cross purposes with the family."

"In the motherly approach there is the kernel of all pedagogy--a role animated by the spirit of self-sacrifice, enthusiasm and love.  Educators that are truly faithful to and successful in their trade owe all of their art to mothers."

"Schools can do little in terms of true education, and the little that can be done is accomplished only when the parents are educating their children at home and ... at school, through their influence, through the lingering recollection of their love, and their dignity.  The school can do little, very little, unless something of the shadow of the father is there, or unless something of the radiation of the warmth of a mother's heart glimmers there....  The family is the true center of education.  When the school acts in concert with parents, the school can work miracles.  Without them the school can do almost nothing."

"It is necessary that parents be concerned about--I am tempted to say 'obsessed with'--the education of their children.  This means that they must repeat to each other often: '... the education of our children is our primary professional duty, our essential personal duty and the fundamental and inescapable dimension of our parenthood.'  On this point there is no room for indifference.  Indifference is an abdication and abdication is malfeasance.  Parents may have many types of aspirations--humanitarian, economic, political, artistic, etc.--but the primordial aspiration has to be the education of their children.  Each morning when they awake they should profess an act of commitment to this sublime mission."

I think that these words of Domingo Lázaro are very timely, even though some expressions of his time may seem quaint today.  We live in times when the family feels threatened from without and within and when parents experience difficulty in transmitting values and in inculcating principles of faith.  Educational centers--both public and private--also feel themselves to be immersed in crisis--crisis that is easy to identify but very difficult to cope with in the day-to-day task of education.

Isn't this the moment to find inspiration and support in the example of educators who, like Domingo Lázaro, Servant of God, have spent their lives of service in the Christian education of children, adolescents and young adults?

Our 'saints' are our models and our intercessors before God.  Let us entrust to Father Domingo our family difficulties and all of our concerns and apprehensions with regard to the education and formation of our children.

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Current Exhibit

A Nativity Museum in the Making: Crčches from Around the World

This exhibit of nativity scenes will be held in The Marian Library Gallery from February 4 - April 29, 2013.  Click here for more details.

We have a permanent crčche exhibit and a dedicated online giving page specifically for those who wish to support The Marian Library crčche 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 commenced 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 Our Lady of Lourdes and Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes.

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 updated Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI through January 31, 2013 and revised the Marian Poetry Index and the Marianist Corner.

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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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Bishop Farrell's Homily at Closing of Vigil for Life
"If Jesus and His Word could change the heart of Paul, His Word can change the mind and the heart of those who do not respect human life"
Source: Zenit (Washington, D.C.) January 25, 2013

Here are the notes from the homily given by Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas, as the close of the all-night Vigil for Life held at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  The annual March for Life marking the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion followed the Mass....

In the name of Jesus Christ I welcome all of you who have come today to celebrate God's greatest gift to us--the gift of human life--and to commemorate with sadness that tragic decision, forty years ago, that has led to the death of over fifty-five million innocent children, fellow citizens whose rights were not respected or defended.

We come together at this celebration of the Mass to thank God for this gift of life and to pray for a change of heart for those who do not respect life from the moment of conception to its natural end.  We began our pilgrimage last night with the Mass.  Many of you have spent the night in prayer and now it is time to go beyond the doors of this house of Mary and to give witness to the whole world as St. Mark tells us in today's Gospel.  Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. (Mk 16:15) ...

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.

Hope on the Hill
Source: Campus News Digest (University of Dayton) January 24, 2013

When floodwaters struck Dayton in 1913, those who fled to high ground just south of where the waters crested at Apple Street found shelter, food, and welcome from the Marianists at St. Mary's College, the school that became the University of Dayton.

During the Dayton community's commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the historic disaster, treasures from the University's archives will be on display including photos, a roster of the refugees written in their own hand, original film footage of the flood, and a first-person oral history.

"The University rests on the foundation of the Society of Mary's commitment to serving the community," said Kathleen Webb, dean of University libraries.  "Nowhere is that more evident than in these items that tell the story of how the St. Mary's College community opened wide its doors to take in and care for those who had been so terribly affected by the flood."

Hope on the Hill: Marianists and the 1913 Dayton Flood runs from February 4 - June 17, 2013 on the second floor of Roesch Library on the University of Dayton campus.  Because days and times vary, call 937-229-4094 or visit for a schedule and directions....

Click here for the complete article.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of February 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 February.

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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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