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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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Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd informed us that there will be a Marian Eucharistic Conference on Mary, Mother of the Eucharist from May 10-12, 2013 at Ave Maria University in Florida.  Click here for more information in English or in Spanish.

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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

Val Finnell informed us that Bishop Ackerman of the Anglican Communion spoke about Mary for the Feast of the Annunciation in a six-minute video 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 24, 2013, Francesca Franchina and Christian Psychotherapist, Dr. Douglas Schoeninger, Ph.D., past President of the Association of Christian Therapists ( and Editor of The Journal of Christian Healing, discuss the healing process and aftermath of inner healing, and the importance of faith in all situations.

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:

Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Thursday, April 25, 2:30 PM on Saint Louis de Montfort and True Devotion

Dr. Gloria Falcão Dodd, Friday, April 26, 2:30 PM on Saint Louis de Montfort and Consecration

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From the Marian Treasure Chest

Archbishop Sheen's Message for the Year of Faith from Brother John Samaha, S.M.

Brother John Samaha sent us the following article about Archbishop Fulton John Sheen which was published in Vocations and Prayer, January-March 2013, page 28.  Brother John noted that the young Sheen was taught by the Marianists in high school at Spalding Institute in Peoria, Illinois.

Another model for the Year of Faith is Archbishop Fulton John Sheen (1895-1979), recently proclaimed "Venerable" by Pope Benedict XVI in the process for his canonization.  Venerable Fulton Sheen's message for us is a call to a daily period of personal prayer.  As a seminarian, he decided that he would observe a daily holy hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and he was faithful to that pledge during his entire life.

While not all may be able to spend an hour of prayer each day before the Blessed Sacrament, each of us can definitely make the effort to spend a small period of time daily in conversation with God.  The current Year of Faith calls us to a daily period of prayer, because prayer is the faith prayed.

Archbishop Sheen had determined that his daily holy hour was essential to his life as a priest, and likened it to "an oxygen tank that revived the breath of the Holy Spirit."

Born and educated in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, Venerable Fulton Sheen went on to study for the priesthood and earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Louvain in Belgium.  After a brief term as a parish priest, he became a noted professor of philosophy at The Catholic University of America for a quarter century.  God blessed him with a special gift of preaching, a talent which he used most effectively to evangelize on radio's The Catholic Hour for twenty-five years and on television's Life Is Worth Living for five seasons.  Some credit him as the originator of television evangelism.  After becoming head of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith he was made a bishop and served with distinction in raising the consciousness of American Catholics regarding the material and spiritual needs of the Church's missions.  Over the years he authored a number of popular books, and directed countless retreats, especially for priests.  His reputation for leading converts, many of whom were prominent citizens, into the Church was exceptional.  After his death he was buried in the crypt of New York City's St. Patrick Cathedral, where he had frequently preached.

How was Archbishop Sheen able to succeed in his pastoral ministry?  He attributed his achievements to the power of prayer, to "the hour that makes my day."  In his autobiography he explained that "We become like that which we gaze upon.  Looking into a sunset the face takes on a golden glow.  Looking at the Eucharistic Lord ... transforms the heart in a mysterious way."

Venerable Fulton John Sheen encouraged the practice of a daily period of prayer–-before the Blessed Sacrament when possible.  That heritage endures today in the lives of many, and in parishes that have introduced adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  The Holy Spirit, the teacher of prayer, is clearly present in the prayer life of the Church.  Prayer is the faith prayed.

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Last Chance To See 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 True Devotion to Jesus Through Mary According to Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort.

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.

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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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New Life in Historic Russian Convent of Dormition of the Mother of God in Rome
Source: Zenit (Castel Gandolfo, Italy) March 25, 2013

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, accompanied by Msgr. Maurizio Malvestiti, under secretary of the same dicastery, visited the Russian Monastery of the Dormition in Rome on the occasion of the arrival of some aspirants to the monastic life these past months....

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.

In the Marianist Spirit
Source: Campus Report (University of Dayton) March 8, 2013

Seniors Meaghan Crowley and Christopher Denzinger are the 2013 recipients of the Maureen E. O'Rourke Marianist Student Award.  Crowley is a veteran of the Semester of Service program and the Appalachia program.  Denzinger, a three-year member of the Marianist Student Community, has worked on initiatives to bring domestic and international students together.

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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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