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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.

Oakwood residents greatly enjoyed viewing the crèches the Marian Library loaned to Wright Memorial Library this year.  This was our third year to exhibit part of your collection.  If part of your mission is to spread the Good News through the crèche exhibits, I believe you are most successful.  Library patrons have come to love seeing the exhibits during the Christmas holidays.  This year several patrons asked if they could add their family crèches to the display.  I think this is remarkable and is a testimony to how the work you do enriches others.  I hope this is a collaboration that we can continue.

Our Library Director commented how impressed members of the Miami Valley Librarian's Association were with the exhibit when they attended a meeting at Wright in December.  Thank you for the work you do.

Friends of Wright Library


All are invited to hear presentations by Jim Koelsch and Richard Lenar, the first two IMRI students to present at UD's Stander Symposium, that will be held April 17, 2013, in the LTC Team Space (the basement of Roesch Library):

1-1:20 p.m. Richard Lenar will present: The Thought of Martin Luther on the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This presentation will examine the development of the theological thought of the sixteenth-century Reformer, Martin Luther, regarding the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Luther's thought on this topic was not static, so only an outline of how his thinking evolved will be included.  The relationship of the Immaculate Conception to other key ideas in Luther's thought, such as justification by faith and the sole mediation of Christ, will be explored.  The differences between Luther's teachings and those of the Catholic Church will be highlighted.  The presentation will conclude with a brief summary of how Luther's ideas have been influential through the present day and how those ideas have entered into ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Lutherans.

1:20-1:40 p.m. Jim Koelsch will present: Canisius vs. Luther: Their Fight over Mary in the Magnificat.

This study evaluates the arguments offered by Peter Canisius during the Reformation to refute Martin Luther's translation and interpretation of the Magnificat. Canisius accused Luther of distorting the text and history to force Mary's words to support his basic doctrines on faith, works, grace, and the unique mediation of Jesus Christ.  Although Catholic scholars agree that Canisius may have scored some good points in the debate, they also acknowledge that he made some mistakes of his own, relying too much on popular legend and failing to acknowledge legitimate points made by his opponent.  Using critical studies on both the biblical text and Luther's commentary on it, this study investigates those charges and answers such questions as whether Canisius made too big a deal over Luther's use of "lowly" instead of "humble."  The study concludes by suggesting ways in which this knowledge can be used in the continuing ecumenical dialogue between Protestants and Catholics, as well as in the New Evangelization.

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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

Family Theater has posted a number of religious videos on YouTube. Just type "family theater productions" into their search box, then choose from the many clips available for display, including the First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Annunciation.

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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, April 10, 2013, Francesca Franchina and Carmelite priest, Father Tom Alkire, Associate Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Los Angeles CA, discuss his participation in the healing retreat held last week in Kansas and The Healing of Families, the book based on the work and ministry of psychologist Father Yosefu B. Sseonakula of Uganda and Washington, D.C., sealing off curses, generational sin, disease, and addictions through the mercy of God the Father, Jesus of Mercy, forgiveness, the Precious Blood of Jesus, and the work and intercession of the Mary, Untier of Knots.  Learn how generational family lines are healed and the importance of the messages of Jesus of Mercy to St. Faustina in our own time.  "JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!"  Call in with your comments and questions.

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:

Sister M Jean Frisk, Thursday, April 11, 2:30 PM on A Rainbow of Marian Chaplets

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Hymn to Saint Joseph from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Dear St. Joseph, Son of David,
Spouse of Mary undefiled,
Guardian of the Holy Family,
Father of the Holy Child.
God presented you with blessings,
Glorified your life obscure,
Made you guardian of all people,
Consolation of the poor.

Patron of our Marianist Family,
Help us through our working day,
Hope of all the sick and weary,
In the hour of death our stay.
Great protector universal
Of the Church, we will acclaim,
Hear our prayers, O dear St. Joseph,
When we call upon your name.

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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 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 Marian Thoughts of Pope Francis through March 19, 2013, and also revised ML/IMRI Publications and The Year of Faith with Mary.

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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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Variations in Papal Coat of Arms
Source: VIS (Vatican City) March 29, 2013

The Vatican website has released a new version of the papal coat of arms that incorporates a few changes.  The updated image is available at our blogsite:  For the Marian symbol, instead of a five-pointed star, there is now an eight-pointed star, which also represents the eight beatitudes.  The nard flower representing St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church, has been made to more closely represent that flower.  Finally, Francis' motto miserando atque eligendo underneath the shield has been placed upon a scroll of white parchment with a red backside.  The Jesuit emblem remains the same.  More details on the coat of arms can be found in the "FRANCIS' COAT OF ARMS" notice of the bulletin of March 19:

Click here for the complete article including the picture mentioned above.

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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.

Mary, Untier of Knots
Source: dotMagis-blog April 5, 2013

As Pope Francis settles into the tough work of governing the church, I'll bet he's drawing strength from a Marian devotion that he, himself, is responsible for--the devotion to Mary, the Untier of Knots.  The devotion is depicted by an early eighteenth-century painting showing Mary calmly undoing the knots in a long rope....

Click here for the complete article which includes the image mentioned above.

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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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The Mary Page website is updated frequently. Please stop in again and see what's in the news.

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