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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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The first annual Father Johann Roten Distinguished Lecture on Mariology planned for April 6, 2013 has been postponed.  The inaugural lecture is currently being planned for September 2013 with Dr. Reinhard Huetter of Duke Divinity School as the inaugural lecturer.

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Mary in Books, Films, and Music

New Marian Book

American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary by Deirdre Cornell looks at three different contemporary Marian devotions in Mexico and the U.S.  It's a personal and reflective book, deeply informed by historical and theological scholarship, accessibly and engagingly written.  Click into amazon to see a description or to order the book.

Please note that the author will visit the University of Dayton for a conversation about the book on Saturday morning, April 27, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  A dinner meeting with the author the evening before is also being arranged.

Suggested A/V material

Brother John Samaha informed us that a music video of the Ave Maria sung by Karol Wojtyla in 1976 is available on YouTube.

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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 17, 2013, Francesca Franchina, Marika Zimmerman, and Carmelite priest Father Tom Alkire, Associate Pastor of St. Raphael's Parish, Los Angeles, CA, discussed the Boston bombing and other recent US and world tragedies and their relationship in spiritual warfare, warranting generational healing of nations and personal healing, through the mercy of God, the Father, Jesus of mercy, the Precious Blood of Jesus; the counsel and intercession of the Blessed Mother, the messages of approved Marian Apparitions at Fatima, Akita, Rwanda, and the message given by Mother Teresa when in Washington, DC, and the relationship 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:

Father Javier Alson, S.M.C., Thursday, April 18, 2:30 PM on Mary in the New Evangelization

Father François Rossier, S.M., Friday, April 19, 2:30 PM on Mary and Vatican II

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Mary on Pinterest from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Brother Samaha informed us of a pinterest website with information on books and articles about Father Emil Neubert, S.M.,  Please note that the web page above is a subsection of a larger general page on Blessed Mary, Mother of God at

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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 invite everyone to join us in prayer for those affected by the tragedy in Boston.

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 revised Marian Shrines in Argentina, Marian Stamps from Argentina, and Latin American Titles of Our Lady.

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MSA Annual Meeting

Title: Mary and the New Evangelization

Date: Tuesday evening, May 21, 2013 through Friday morning, May 24, 2013

Location: Athenaeum of Ohio/Mt. St. Mary's Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Mariological Society of America will hold its annual conference in Cincinnati, Ohio (May 21-24, 2013), on the theme of Mary and the New Evangelization.

Inspired by Paul VI's recognition of Mary as "the Star of the evangelization ever renewed" (Evangelii Nuntiandi, no. 82 [1975]), this conference will focus on the role of Mary in evangelization, with particular attention on Mary's importance for the "new evangelization" called for by John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

This theme was chosen in light of the "Year of Faith" (October 11, 2012–November 13, 2013), announced by Benedict XVI to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and to begin with the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on "the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith."

Click here for the complete program brochure [in PDF--requires Adobe Acrobat Reader].

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Pope Francis and Benedict XVI Meet in Castel Gandolfo
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy) March 25, 2013

The helicopter carrying the Holy Father landed at the Castel Gandolfo heliport in the early afternoon where Benedict XVI was awaiting his arrival.  Upon stepping off the helicopter, Pope Francis immediately approached the Roman Pontiff Emeritus and embraced him.  Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Prefect of the Papal Household was among those present at the meeting.

From the heliport, Francis and Benedict XVI travelled to the Apostolic Palace, where they went to pray at the chapel there dedicated to Our Lady of Czestochowa....

After a brief moment of prayer, the Pope and Pope Emeritus went to the library where they were to hold their private meeting.  Pope Francis brought an icon as a gift for the Pope Emeritus: an icon of Our Lady of Humility.  "If you permit me to say," Pope Francis said to Benedict as he presented the icon, "I thought of you, of your humility during your pontificate."  Touched by the gesture, Benedict grabbed the Pontiff's hand and thanked him....

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.

Marian Conference at the University of Dayton
Source: University of Dayton website (Dayton, OH) Spring 2013

Each spring, the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine convenes a symposium on a topic related to the Center's interests. In Spring 2013, this symposium discussed Marian doctrine and included presentations by Paul Griffiths (Duke University Divinity School), John Cavadini (Notre Dame), and Bruce Marshall (Southern Methodist University).  These presentations are available online.

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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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