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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.

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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.  Since the Roman Catholic Church will celebrate the Annunciation on April 8 this year, those planning to make their Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary on that feast day should begin the 33-day preparation recommended by Saint Louis de Montfort now.

Dr. Dodd also informed us of two upcoming activities: 1) a Rosary Rally for pro-life intentions to be held in Kettering, OH on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from 2-3 pm.  [For details, including directions, click here]; and 2) a Lenten Retreat sponsored by Family Rosary to be held in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts on March 10, 2013.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Book on the Rosary

Real Men Pray the Rosary: A Practical Guide to a Powerful Prayer will be released soon.  Paperback copies will be available in the US starting 4/22/2013 and may be pre-ordered now from Barnes and Noble.  E-versions will be available as well.

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, March 6, 2013, Francesca Franchina and Carmelite priest, Father Tom Alkire, Associate Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Los Angeles, CA, discuss the Precious Blood of Jesus and Our Lady of the Precious Blood, the spirituality of the Precious Blood, healing and the Precious Blood of Jesus, Eucharistic adoration, experiences and messages of Jesus and Mary to Saints and Mystics regarding the Precious Blood (e.g. St. Faustina, St. Gertrude the Great, Josefa Menendez), and the relationship of the Precious Blood and the Two Hearts [of Jesus and Mary].

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:

Richard Lenar, Thursday, March 7, 2:30 PM on the Stabat Mater

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

A Prayer to Mary by Saint Ephrem from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Fill my mouth, O Mary, with the grace of your gentleness.
Enlighten my intelligence, you who have been filled with God’s favor.
Then my tongue will cheerfully sing your praises and especially the prayer of the Angel,
who announced salvation to the world, and the remedy and protection of all people.
Accept that I, your little servant, praise you, and tell you, and tell you softly once more:
"Rejoice, Mary, full of grace."

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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 4, Passion Plays, and Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary.

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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Brazil Youth Launch Multilingual Prayer Site for the Conclave
Compiling Global Spiritual Bouquet
Source: Zenit (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) February 26, 2013

Inspired by Benedict XVI, five Brazilians launched Sunday the website

"United for the Conclave" is directed to all young people around the world.  The site is compiling a spiritual bouquet for all the cardinal electors.

It is one of many initiatives that have sprung up since the Pope's Feb. 11 announcement of his resignation.

The spiritual bouquet offerings include Masses, Eucharistic adoration, fasting and other devotions and sacrifices.

The site is conceived as reminiscent of the young Juan Diego, who offered roses to Bishop Juan Zumárraga as requested by the Virgin of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas.

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.

Maryam, peace be upon her
Source: University of Dayton Magazine (Dayton, OH) Winter, 2012-13

Mary, the mother of Jesus, occupies an important place in both Islam and Christianity.

"She's the only woman in the Quran mentioned by name," said UD student Donia Almadani.  "She is the first lady in heaven and we must respect her.  We always say, 'Maryam, peace be upon her' as a sign of respect and love."

The nineteenth chapter, or sura, of the Quran is titled "Maryam" and tells her story, according to Jusuf Salih, Islamic studies specialist and assistant professor of religious studies.  Mary is named or mentioned more than thirty times in Islam's holy book, he said....

Click here for the complete issue [in PDF--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader], then scroll to p. 36.

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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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