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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.

Congratulations on all the good work you do with The Mary Page and for the interesting variety of information you provide.

Brother John


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.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

Illustrated Book on Benedict XVI

Natalia Tsarkova, papal portraitist to John Paul II and Benedict XVI as well as executrix of the only official portrait of the short-lived Pope John Paul I, has given Benedict XVI (and us) a chance to see through the eyes of a child in her fairy tale book, Il Mistero del Piccolo Stagno [The Mystery of the Little Pool], released by the Vatican's own publishing house on Dec 11, 2012.  The book contains Marian dimensions.  For the moment, it is only available in Italian.

Click into a Zenit article for more information on this book.

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 13, 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:

Sister Jean Frisk, Thursday, March 14, 2:30 PM on the Marvelous World of Marian Medals

Sister Jean Frisk, Friday, March 15, 2:30 PM on the Girl Scouts of America's Marian Medal Program

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Prayers by and Information on Saint Ephrem from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Prayer to Mary

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."

Prayer for Lent
This prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian, a deacon, is a traditional Lenten prayer of the Eastern Christian Churches.

O Lord and Master of my life,
keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter.
Instead, grant to me, your servant,
the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love.
O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge others,
for You are blessed now and ever and forever.

Who was St. Ephrem?

St. Ephrem was born around 306 in Nisibis, a Syrian town now located in present-day Turkey.  The Church was suffering under the persecution of the Roman Emperor, Diocletian.  Ephrem's writings suggest that both his parents were Christians.

Ephrem was baptized when he was about eighteen years old, and was probably ordained a deacon soon after that.  Since one of the chief duties of a deacon is to preach the Gospel, Ephrem began to compose deeply theological hymns and biblical commentaries.  He may have written in the neighborhood of three million lines of text, and 400 of his hymns are still extant.  His beautiful hymnography earned him the title "Harp of the Holy Spirit."

Fleeing the Persian persecution that ravaged Syria and Turkey, Ephrem and others moved westward in 363 and settled in Edessa in southern Turkey.  In Edessa he continued to compose hymns.  He also wrote extensively in defense of the teaching of the Council of Nicaea against the Arian heresy, for the Arians were influential in the area of Edessa.

Ephrem died in 373 while tending victims of a plague.  In 1920 St. Ephrem was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church.

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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 concluded 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 Summer 2013.

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In keeping with the season, we suggest Lenten Meditation: Week 5, Passion Plays, Lenten Poetic Meditations, 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 Marian Thoughts of Benedict XVI [through 2/28/2013], Mary, Untier of Knots, The Year of Faith with Mary, and Our Faith and Mary--A Symposium.

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Third Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference

Title: Mary, Woman of Faith

Date: April 14-17, 2013

Location: Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines

The Third Asia-Oceania Mariological Conference will be held at a Marian Shrine in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines from April 14-17, 2013.  The theme will revolve around Mary in theological anthropology and in Scripture.  Sister Isabell Naumann, Sister Celia Chua, and Father Johann Roten are invited speakers.

Click here for more information.

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May God Grant Us a Pontiff Who Will Embrace Charity
Source: VIS (Vatican City) March 12, 2013

... My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a Pontiff who will embrace this noble mission with a generous heart. We ask this of the Lord, through the intercession of Mary most holy, Queen of the Apostles and of all the Martyrs and Saints, who through the course of history, made this Church of Rome glorious through the ages. Amen.

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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.

New Pope Slips Out of Vatican for Morning Prayer Visit
Source: Reuters (Vatican City) March 14, 2013

... Francis, the Argentinian cardinal who has become the first pope born outside Europe in 1,300 years, went to Rome's fifth-century Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.  There he prayed before a famed icon of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which is known as the Salus Populi Romani, or Protectress of the Roman People....

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election has broken Europe's centuries-old grip on the papacy.  He is also the first to take the name Francis, in honor of the twelfth-century Italian saint from Assisi who spurned wealth to pursue a life of poverty....

The Vatican said his inaugural Mass would be held on Tuesday.  U.S. President Barack Obama said the election of Francis "speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world."

Click here for the complete article excerpted above, or here for comments from faculty members at the University of Dayton on the new Pope.

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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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