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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.

Thank you for putting me in contact with someone who specializes in Poland and Marian churches and shrines there.  Warm regards.



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, Dr. Virginia M. Kimball, IMRI graduate, MSA member, and president of the ESBVM-USA, is facilitating an online course from Ash Wednesday through Easter called The Way of Christ and Journeying with Mary in Lent.  For more information, including video clips, click here.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Mystical Lenten Meditation: The Stations Of The Cross--freely downloadable at Logos Institute website

The Logos Institute, a Catholic apostolate dedicated to publishing new works in the contemplative and mystical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, advertised a free document meditating on the Stations of the Cross with a Marian approach in Zenit recently.  Click here to view the document in pdf format for free.

Suggested A/V material

Val Finnell informed us of a 78-minute video on vimeo in which Father Hugh Gillespie, SMM, explains St. Louis de Montfort's teaching concerning the seven classes of false devotion to Our Lady and the five characteristics of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin.  Father Gillespie also discusses how each of these five characteristics serves as a vital building block of a healthy spiritual life.  Click here to watch the entire video.

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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 20, 2013, Francesca Franchina talks with Gordon Deery of Montreal, Canada, about founding and directing the International Holy Face Association, the Shroud of Turin, the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, and the meaning and importance of Pope Benedict XVI designating 2013 as the Year of Faith.  The discussion will focus on how we need to continue to grow spiritually, living and sharing the meaning and importance of the Year of Faith, and of the Holy Face promises given to Blessed Maria Pierina de Micheli of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception of Milan, Italy and Buenos Aires.  The blessings being realized through this devotion and through wearing the Holy Face Medal and the devotion of Saint Therese of Lisieux to the Holy Face of Jesus will also be discussed.  For more information, a newsletter, books, etc., see  This program will encore on Friday, February 22, at 11:00 PM.

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:

Judith Lungen, Thursday, February 21, 2:30 PM on Pilgrimage Sites in the Holy Land

Father Thomas Thompson, SM, Friday, February 22, 2:30 PM on Mary in Lent

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

An Ideal Lenten Prayer by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

The Three O'clock Prayer has been popularized by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Marianist religious, laity, and schools since the early nineteenth century.  The prayer has been slightly revised over the years, and the original author is unknown.  While intended for daily use, it is especially appropriate for Lent.

The Three O'clock Prayer

Lord Jesus,
we gather in spirit at the foot of the Cross
with your Mother and the disciple whom you loved.
We ask your pardon for our sins
which are the cause of your death.
We thank you for remembering us
in that hour of salvation
and for having given us Mary as our Mother.

Holy Virgin, take us under your protection
and open us to the action of the Holy Spirit.

Saint John, obtain for us
the grace of taking Mary into our lives, as you did,
and of assisting her in her mission.

May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

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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 will conclude on March 8, 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 Lenten Meditation: Week 2.

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 updated and revised Lenten Poetry.

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Lenten Mission

Title: The Role of the Blessed Virgin in God's Plan of Salvation

Date: February 23-27, 2013

Location: Emmanuel Catholic Church

Presented by Father John Fletcher, CC, who has studied in the Mariology program at the Marian Library at the University of Dayton.  He currently works with Radio Maria and has three programs that air each week.  Everyone is invited to come.  There is no charge and no need to register.

On Saturday Father John will give the homily at the 5:15 Vigil Mass that fulfills the Sunday obligation.  On Sunday he will give the homily at the 10:30 am Mass with coffee and donuts afterward.  On Monday he will speak about Mary and personal conversion at the 7 pm Mass.  Confessions will follow with additional priests.  On Tuesday the usual Eucharistic adoration will start at 7 pm.  The usual Miraculous Medal Novena will then follow at 7:30, though distribution of Communion will not occur as Father John will speak on Marian devotions.  On Friday the Mission will conclude with two events: Q&A with Father John during a brown bag lunch from 11:10 am - 1:30 pm; and Mass at 7 pm with a closing talk by Father John followed by a social.

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Liturgical Notes and Resource Materials for Use upon the Resignation of a Pope
Source: Secretariat of Divine Worship (USCCB) February 13, 2013

... Upon News of the Pope's Resignation
... It is appropriate to offer special prayers for Pope Benedict XVI, for his health and well-being, and in thanksgiving for his service to the Church.  The custom of praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father is to be encouraged, especially with school children.  The pope can also be prayed for in the recitation of the Rosary....

During the Time of the Election of a Pope
... The faithful should be exhorted to offer their private prayers, works and almsgiving for the successful election of a new Supreme Pontiff.  The simple custom of frequently praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for this intention is encouraged.  The election of the new Pope should be prayed for in the recitation of the Rosary....

Upon the Election of a New Pope
... Again, the faithful should be exhorted to pray for the newly-elected Holy Father in their private prayers.  The recitation of the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the intentions of the Pope is encouraged.  The newly-elected Pope should be prayed for in the recitation of the Rosary....

Click here for the complete document (in pdf--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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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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