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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.

I would like to spend some time wandering around and immersing myself in Marian art and literature.  Thank you.



A study group will meet at Saint Albert's Church in Kettering, Ohio to discuss Saint Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary and the companion book, Preparation for Total Consecration.  This group will meet 7:30-8:30 pm on Tuesdays from February 19 - April 2, 2013.  Dr. Gloria Dodd and Richard Lenar of ML/IMRI will attend to give brief presentations and to facilitate group discussions.  All are invited.  Books are available free on the internet, as well as for loan, or for purchase [$5 for both].  Free coffee and tea will be provided by the host, the Legion of Mary.  For more information call 937-229-1431.

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

Book on Lourdes in Film

Dr. Catherine O'Brien, long-time member of the Mariological Society of America (MSA), informed us about Lourdes au cinéma (2008) by Jean-Christophe Borde.  She considers it a very valuable resource for those who read French.  It may be ordered online from Librairie La Procure, a bookstore in Paris.  Click here for more details.

Suggested A/V material

Françoise Breynaert, Editor-in-Chief for the multilingual website, discussed Marian consecration on the KTO Catholic television website.  Click here to watch the 26-minute French-language video clip.  She has also written a book on this topic which is available in French as 33 jours pour se consacrer à Jésus-Christ par Marie from amazon or in Spanish as 33 Días para consagrarse a Jesús por María from Edibesa in Madrid.

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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 13, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with Father Tom Alkire, O.Carm., of Los Angeles, CA, about Ash Wednesday, Lent 2013, the Blessed Mother: Seat of Wisdom, and what believers of Jesus Christ are called to do about the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and other world situations.  Discussion focuses on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, increasing prayers of reparation and reconciliation as disciples of Jesus under the mantle of our Blessed Mother who is equipping us with wisdom and spiritual weapons while the Fatima Peace Plan From Heaven and the message of Medjugorje continue to unfold and become known in this Year of Faith and in the New Evangelization.  Father Alkire is a seasoned Carmelite priest affiliated with the Marian Movement of Priests, the Association of the Precious Blood in Tallahassee, FL, and is Associate Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Los Angeles, CA.  He has been a Home Missionary in Northern and Southern California for many years.  This program will encore on Friday February 15, at 11:00 pm and Monday February 18, 2013 at 3:00 am.

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:

Michael Duricy, Thursday, February 14, 2:30 PM on Lourdes, Shrines, and Apparitions

Father John Fletcher, CC, Friday, February 15, 2:30 PM on the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Valentine's Day

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Chaminade's Mission: Multiply Christians by Father Joseph Stefanelli, S.M.

In our first reading we remember Abraham, who waited patiently and labored perseveringly for the fulfillment of God's promise.  And in the gospel, Jesus himself tells of how David stepped outside the traditional structure of his society to adapt to new circumstances.  Both these positions are certainly reflected in the life of Father Chaminade: a patient and persevering living out of his call to multiply Christians, and his ability to adapt and re-orient his life in response to the many changes of his world.  Let us reflect briefly on his long life, characterized, as it was, by repeated reverses and renewed initiatives.  Through it all we find the same purpose, the same goal, the same intent: to multiply Christians under the leadership of Mary, who first presented Christ to our world.

[N.B. The mentions of Abraham and David in the paragraph above refer to the Scripture readings of January 22, 2013: Hebrews 6:10-20 and Mark 2:23-28.]

We begin at Périgueux, where he is introduced to the Mother of Jesus by his own devout mother.  At the age of ten he goes to Mussidan where he will be pupil, teacher, administrator, business manager, priest.  The Chaminade family--Joseph, his two priest brothers, his sister, his parents--will all live there.  They invest all their time and effort and funds into changing a small, isolated, country school into an enlarged, improved, and highly-respected institute attracting boarding students from other areas of France.  They intend to make of it a center of Christian radiation, where even the pupils become little missionaries to their families and neighborhoods.  This is his dream for the future.  But, after twenty years, the Great Revolution destroys the dream.  It also soon leaves the Chaminade family jobless, homeless and penniless.

They all move to Bordeaux, where he borrows money to purchase a property.  There he becomes a trusted and enterprising member of the local clandestine Church, carrying out his priestly ministry and serving as business manager for the clergy, most of whom are also homeless and penniless.  A future archbishop, tracing back the origins of the multiple works of his diocese, will find the name of Chaminade at the head of all of them.  But then comes exile, to which he must adapt.  While in Spain he makes plans to regenerate Christianity in France, for he knows that the present upheavals cannot last.

In 1800 he is able to return to France where he develops energetic groups of the laity, men and women, to live and spread the Christian faith, to multiply Christians.  But that work, too, is snuffed out and, like the clergy and religious of the Revolution, it is now the turn of the laity to operate underground.  Under his leadership, they do--with amazing success and perseverance and expansion.

Out of that work, at the age of fifty-five, he draws two religious orders.  Originally intended for the guidance and maintenance of sodalities, they develop apostolic centers based on schools.  By 1830 he is ready, in collaboration with the government, to launch a nation-wide teacher-training program, only to undergo another political reversal which drives religious out of all higher education.

The highlight of his long life comes in 1839.  His foundations have been recognized by both state and church, and his constitutions for the religious groups have been received and praised by the Pope.  He is exhorted to develop their spirit in all his disciples.  Barely two years later comes the great crisis of 1841, when he is eighty years of age.  He continues for almost ten more years to carry out what he thinks is his mission, undaunted by opposition, misunderstanding, criticism, and illness.

Throughout his life of plans, frustrations, hopes, and disappointments he has been at peace with his God, with the beloved Mother of Jesus, with his soul.  His dispositions are perhaps best summarized in his letter to an unsympathetic archbishop on receipt of the Roman document validating the election of his successor: "I accept this Decree from the sacred and most venerable Congregation with the same docility with which I would receive an order from Jesus Christ himself."

What was it that sustained this man during all these ups and downs, all these successes and tragic failures, all these dreams and disappointments?  I believe there were two special insights.  Like Abraham, he firmly believed that God would keep his promise, that "she shall crush Satan’s head."  His vocation, he was convinced, was to follow Mary's lead in bringing Christ into the world.  His correspondence is replete with this idea which he seeks to communicate to his disciples.  Like David, he firmly believed that God would provide the means to carry out his mission, that for those who love God, all things, both the ups and the downs, truly though mysteriously, work together unto good.  He lived constantly in the presence of God, convinced that the creator would surely achieve the purpose of his creation, however distant it might seem to be to us.

As we recall his memory today, let us hope that we, too, may share in those dispositions: Deus providebit; Maria duce: God is in charge; Mary will lead us.

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Current Exhibit

A Nativity Museum in the Making: Crèches 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 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 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 Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary for Lent and Lenten Meditation: Week 1.

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 Apparitions Information Index.

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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, including video clips, click here.

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Cardinal Sodano Expresses College of Cardinals' Nearness to Pope
Source: VIS (Vatican City) February 11, 2013

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, on hearing the news of the Pope's resignation from the Petrine ministry, expressed his nearness, and that of all the cardinals, to Benedict XVI.

"We have heard you," he said, "with a sense of loss and almost disbelief.  In your words we see the great affection that you have always had for God's Holy Church, for this Church that you have loved so much.  Now, let me say, on behalf of this apostolic cenacle--the College of Cardinals--on behalf of your beloved collaborators, allow me to say that we are closer than ever to you, as we have been during these almost eight luminous years of your pontificate.  On April 19, 2005, if I remember correctly, at the end of the conclave I asked 'Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?'  And you did not hesitate, although moved with emotion, to answer that you accepted, trusting in the Lord's grace and the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of the Church.  Like Mary on that day she gave her 'yes', and your luminous pontificate began, following in the wake of continuity, in that continuity with your 265 predecessors in the Chair of Peter, over two thousand years of history from the Apostle Peter, the humble Galilean fisherman, to the great popes of the last century from St. Pius X to Blessed John Paul II." ...

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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.

Spring 2013 Conference: Explorations in Catholic Mariology
Source: Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine (University of Dayton) January 24, 2013

From October 2012 through October 2015, the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine will sponsor four annual conferences commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. These conferences will seek to advance contemporary reflection on the theological significance of the Council, that is, on the contributions that the Council has made to reflection on central aspects of the theological task, from the appropriation of divine revelation and sacred Scripture to how the Church understands itself and its mission. The conferences will encourage the ongoing intersection of contemporary theological, philosophical and exegetical conversations with the documents of the Council.

Spring 2013 Conference

Explorations in Catholic Mariology
Friday, March 8, 2013
Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Phillips Humanities Center
This event is free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events
2:30 PM: Introduction
2:45-3:30 PM: Reinhard Huetter, Professor of Theology, Duke University Divinity School
3:45-4:30 PM: Bruce Marshall, Lehmann Professor of Christian Doctrine, Southern Methodist University
4:45-5:30 PM: Paul Griffiths, Warren Professor of Catholic Thought, Duke University Divinity School
5:45-6:30 PM: John Cavadini, Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame

Click here for the complete article which includes directions and registration information.

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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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