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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 very much for facilitating an opportunity to visit the Marian Library.  I enjoyed the St. John's Bible display in the lobby of Roesch library.  I am currently attending a weekly Visio Divina program that focuses on the illuminations from this bible.  I so enjoyed my time with Father Roten and the chance to spend time immersing myself in the crèche displays, art work and statues of Mary.  Several pieces took my breath away.  I had just made a Marian consecration, so this visit was very timely.  I am sure the Blessed Mother had a hand in it.  Thank you again.



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, Val Finnell, a Deacon with the Anglo-Catholic Society of Mary (SOM), provided us with the following invitation to the Marian chapel for their local chapter located at 139 Jackson St., Dayton, Ohio:

The Anglican Society of Mary meets the first Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM in Dayton, Ohio.  At the next SOM meeting on Saturday, March 2, 2013, attendees will pray the rosary and Father Deacon Finnell will present part of his online course on Mariology.  Feel free to invite your friends.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Marian Literary Reference

Jon Harvey, who has contributed several items to The Mary Page, emailed us the information below on 1/15/2013.

Like George Bernard Shaw, author Ernest Hemingway had a life-long fascination with the figure of the Virgin Mary, although neither was a practicing Catholic.  Not only are there many Catholic overtones to his story The Old Man and the Sea, but he offered his Nobel Prize (awarded for the same story) to Mary visiting the shrine of Caridad del Cobre in Cuba.  This shrine is Cuba's only basilica.

More details can be found at

Suggested A/V material

The Bible is an epic five-week, ten-hour television mini-series premiering Sundays, March 3-31, 2013 on the History Channel from Emmy-Award-winning husband-and-wife team, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.  For two hours each Sunday night, millions of viewers will see the Bible come to life in a way never before seen.

The final episode of the series will air on Easter Sunday [March 31] and will feature the death and resurrection of Jesus....

Former Touched by an Angel star, Roma Downey, Burnett's wife and fellow executive producer, heads a large international cast in the role of Mary.  Keith David, an Emmy winner for voice-over performances, will narrate with a musical score by Oscar-and-Grammy-winning composer, Hans Zimmer....

Click here for more information on the series or here to view a five-minute video clip of the Nativity.

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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 27, 2013, Francesca Franchina and Christian Psychotherapist, Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., West Chester, PA, discuss healing the whole person including inner healing of the soul.  We know of the importance of intercessory and reparative prayer and the importance of faith and evangelization, but do we act on our knowledge, prayer, and insight?  How can we do what we need to do and know what we ought to do?  Citing Scripture, the work and gifts of the Holy Spirit, the words and promises of Jesus, and the mission and vision of the International Association of Christian Therapists, this discussion will help you to find and use Holy Spirit Power and know and do what you ought to do for generational and personal healing. (see Romans 8: 26–28)

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:

James Koelsch, Thursday, February 28, 2:30 PM on Mary and the Synod on New Evangelization

Richard Lenar, Friday, March 1, 2:30 PM on the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Teenage Venerable Proposed as Model for Lent by Brother John Samaha, S.M.

In this Lent, the Society of Mary (Marianists) is presenting the figure of the Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano Magro, a young Spaniard who died in 1963.  He was a student at the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Valencia and can be presented as a model of holiness for youth.

The principal means for this project will be a new blog dedicated to Faustino (in four languages), opened for this occasion and remaining active even beyond the celebrations.  Each day of Lent a passage from the Gospel of the day, a quotation from Faustino and a meditation by Father José María Salaverri will be offered, along with an image adapted to a teenage public.

The participants will be able to publish their reactions on the blog or on the Facebook social network in order to dialog among themselves.  They can also follow with Twitter.

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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 3, Ave Regina Caelorum and Benedict XVI and Mary.

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 Poetic Meditations, The Year of Faith with Mary, and Our Faith and Mary--A Symposium.

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Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine Spring 2013 Conference

Title: Explorations in Catholic Mariology

Date: March 8, 2013

Location: University of Dayton, Sears Recital Hall, Jesse Phillips Humanities Center

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.

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

This event is free and open to the public.  Click here for more information including directions and registration information.

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Argentina: The Radio of the Poor
Director of Communications Center on Following Christ's Example
Source: Zenit (Rome) February 4, 2013

Johannes Habsburg of the weekly program Where God Weeps, in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need, interviewed the director of the Lujan Communications Center, Father Carlos Moia.

Q: When was the Lujan Communications Center established and what is its objective?

Father Moia: In the 1980's, a group of priests and laymen worked for a review of the Saint Cajetan shrine.  From that experience of communication, we thought we had to get closer to our people in their homes through the radio.  I took on the direction of the review from 1977-1984.  They were very difficult times.  Our motto was: "To Say Without Saying," because there was really no freedom of the press.  The Church was conditioned with false accusations.  To speak of the Gospel, of justice, of the poor was not well seen by the authorities.  Those were not easy times for the proclamation of the Gospel, because there was talk in the name of the Gospel, yet very grave injustices were being committed, such as the taking of others' lives ...

Q: You don't have radio stations, but you produce the contents.  Do you have an idea, approximately, of how many people you are reaching?

Father Moia: We have 1,500 small broadcasting stations in the whole country, which receive through the post a CD with some 150 monthly micros.  Some 1,100 users can also download the content on the Internet.  Broadband is not yet a reality in Argentina, that is why we must make the effort to send CDs to the homes of radio operators, because they don't have access to the Internet.  We reach close to 25% of the national population.  We have SMS by cell phones, where we receive a great quantity of messages encouraging us in the work we do.  Also, we take part in prayer chains.  People ask us to pray for their intentions, and, at our headquarters, we place them at the feet of the Virgin of Lujan so that, united with our Mother, we can be the ear of the people that need God....

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.

In Praise of Marian Hymns That Move
Source: Catholic San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) February 15, 2013

While the church has in various councils and declarations strived to define the nature and significance of Mary in the divine plan, for the vast majority of Catholics, it was not papal statements but the traditions of art, story, poetry, and most especially music that "told us" who Mary was.

Of the many Marian hymn texts found in the current hymnals, one of the most popular is Roland Palmer's Sing of Mary, in which we hear Mary described as "pure and lowly, virgin mother undefiled."  Though such language does recount the church's teachings about Mary's virginity and immaculate conception, does it tell us anything about who she really was?

Do the traditional songs we sing about Mary show us the exceptionally aware and extraordinarily empowered teenage girl who discerns in herself a calling from God to accomplish an enormously challenging task? ...

Click here for the complete issue [in PDF--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader], then scroll to the article on p. 20.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of March 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 March.

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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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