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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 email.  Happy Easter!



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, April 6, 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.  Click here for details on Facebook.

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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.

Father Calloway will also lead a Marian pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, and sites in Spain from June 19-28, 2013.  Click here for details.

Suggested A/V material

This year the Roman Catholic Church will commemorate the Solemnity of the Annunciation/Incarnation on Monday, April 8, 2013.  Join in the celebration by watching a 4-minute music video of the Angelus, sung by the Daughters of Mary in Latin [with subtitles in English].

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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, Sister 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, April 4, 2:30 PM on the Faith of Mary

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, April 5, 2:30 PM on Pope Francis and Mary

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

The Significance of Some Symbols in the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

The findings of some scientific researchers reveal that the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an Aztec pictograph, and that the symbols in the image would have been easily understood by the Aztec people.

Our Lady stands in front of the sun, demonstrating that she is greater than their sun god, Huitzilopochtli.
Her foot rests on the crescent moon, showing she has vanquished their foremost deity, the feather serpent, Quetzalcoatl.
The stars on her mantle not only indicate that she is the Queen of Heaven, but the stars that appear are the constellations that would have been visible to the Aztec people on December 12, 1521.
The blue of her mantle is the color worn by royalty.
The black cross on the brooch around her neck indicates her devotion to the one God of the Spanish missionaries.
The black ribbon at her waist is an Aztec maternity belt showing that she was with child.
The flower over her womb is a symbol of life suggesting that she is the Mother of God.
Her hands are joined in prayer and her finger points to the cross on her brooch to show that she is not God, but that she represents One greater.

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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 The Akathist Hymn, and Mary's Resurrection Experience.

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 Mary, Untier of Knots, Nuestra Señora que Desata los Nudos, and Our Faith and Mary--A Symposium.

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Feast of the Incarnation

Title: Celebration of the Solemnity of the Annunciation

Date: April 8, 2013

Location: Incarnation Catholic Church, 55 Williamburg Lane, Centerville, OH 45459

The celebration will begin with a musical prelude at 6:45 pm.  Mass will follow at 7 pm with a special blessing for Mothers (and families) awaiting birth.  Refreshments will follow at 8 pm in room 103B in the Parish Center.  Dr. Gloria Dodd of ML/IMRI will present a talk on Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace starting at 8:15 pm.

Click the following links for more information or directions.

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Vatican Message for Today's World Autism Day
Source: Zenit (Vatican City) April 2, 2013

Here is a message from the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, marking today's sixth World Autism Awareness Day.

... While I hope for the cooperation of everyone in a choral and compassionate answer to the numerous needs that come to us from our brothers and sisters with autism and their families, I entrust the sufferings, the joys and the hopes of these people to the mediation of Mary, Mother of Christ and "Health of the Sick" who, at the foot of the Cross, taught us to pause beside all the crosses of contemporary Man (cf. Salvifici Doloris, n. 31).

To people with autism, to their families and to all those who are involved in their service, while confirming my nearness and prayer, I send my personal and affectionate best wishes for a serene and joyous Easter with the Risen Lord.

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.

Who Was Mary?
Source: Sunday Morning (CBS News) March 31, 2013

... There is no trace of suffering, or even joy, in the alabaster Mary's face.  But it is not the emptiness of her gaze people see as they pray; it is the Mary whose pain at the loss of her son, Jesus Christ, resembles their own.

Father Neil Connolly, pastor of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church on the Lower East Side of New York City, said, "Mary's role for us as Christians is humanizing.  It's somebody we can relate to." ...

Click here for the complete article which includes a 7-minute video clip.

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Liturgical Season

Marian Commemoration Days

To celebrate the month of April 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 April.

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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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