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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 your kind message.  Best wishes for the holiday season!  Kindest 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.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Book from IMRI Graduate

Father Donald Calloway, MIC, who received his STL degree from the International Marian Research Institute in 2005, recently published Under the Mantle: Marian Thoughts from a 21st Century Priest.  Click here to see details or to order a copy.  His first publication, Purest of All Lillies, based on his STL thesis about Mary in the spirituality of Saint Faustina, may still be purchased from Ignatius Press.

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 to find 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.

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:

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Thursday, March 21, 2:30 PM on Mary and Discipleship

Father Thomas Thompson, S.M., Friday, March 22, 2:30 PM on the Annunciation

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Prayer of Saint Teresa of Avila from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Brother John suggests the following prayer for use during the remainder of Lent.  He adds: "This prayer was found in her prayer book after her death in 1582."  Though this prayer does not contain explicit Marian content, it is worth special mention this week since Saint Teresa had great devotion to Mary's husband, good Saint Joseph.

Original Spanish Version

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa:
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta;
solo Dios basta.

English Translation

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are passing.
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing.
God alone suffices.

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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 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 What About Saint Joseph?, Passion Plays, and Lenten Poetic Meditations.

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 What is the Holy Kindred?, Marian Music Collection, The Year of Faith with Mary, Polish Poetry, and Our Faith and Mary--A Symposium.  We have also posted our comprehensive multilingual Marian Bibliography for 2012.

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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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Holy See Offers Rare Glimpse of Vatican City to Journalists
Pope's New Home an Ideal Spot for Prayer and Reflection
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) February 21, 2013

The Vatican press office and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, in the hopes of satisfying everyone's curiosity, offered journalists a rare glimpse into Vatican City State and the areas pertinent to the recent momentous occasion in the Church's history....

Santa Maria Mater Ecclesia Monastery

The Santa Maria Mater Ecclesia Monastery once housed eight cloistered nuns from eight different nations.  Now vacated, workers are busily working to prepare the building for the retired Pontiff.  Surrounded by pathways and gardens, Benedict XVI will have an ample, quiet area where he can truly dedicate himself to 'prayer and reflection.'

Grotto of Lourdes

Further down from Benedict XVI's new residence is the grotto of Lourdes, a replica of the area where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous in 1858.  The Holy Father has a particular fondness for this area located some yards from the Apostolic Palace.  The Emeritus-Pope, accompanied by his secretary, would go almost daily to the Grotto of Lourdes to pray the rosary.

Interestingly enough, Benedict XVI announced his resignation on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Despite knowing full well the personal attacks he would face, Benedict XVI resigned out of love for the faithful.  One cannot help but recall the words of Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Bernadette on February 15, 1858, which surely comfort the Holy Father in this time: "I promise to make you happy, not in this world, but in the next."

Click here for the complete article excerpted above, or here for related photographs posted on Facebook.

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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.

Miriyam Award Ceremony
Source: The Faithful Flyer (University of Dayton) March 10, 2013

The Miriyam Award Committee has selected Debra Monk and Corrine Witherspoon for this year's recipients of the Miriyam Award.  These two individuals exemplify the spirit of the Miriyam Award and are great role models for demonstrating how to transfer personal passion into effective, positive social change....

To honor these individuals and others who were nominated for the Miriyam Award this year, everyone is invited to the Miriyam Award Prayer Service on Monday, March 25 at 4:30 pm in the Immaculate Conception Chapel.  The award will be presented at the reception in Chaminade Hall following the prayer service.  RSVP for the reception by calling Sue Erbay at 937-229-2524.

Click here for more information.

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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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