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  • January 20, 2014 1:55 pm

    Ave Maria heads to the March

    It is hard to be believe on a beautiful day in warm, sunny Florida that tomorrow scores of Ave Maria University students will be arriving in Washington, DC in the midst of a snow storm, with the wind chill temperature expected to be in single digits by the time these students find their “home” on the gym floor of St. John the Evangelist parish in McLean, VA.  The March for Life is the next day and the forecast is for sunshine – and miserably frigid conditions.  The high is expected to be 20.  Gusts of high winds will make it worse.

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  • January 14, 2014 9:41 am

    Off and Running

    Our students returned yesterday and the new semester is off to a fast start. 

    And so is the new year!  One of Florida’s most prominent public servants in its history – two-term governor and three-term U.S. Senator Bob Graham – visited Ave Maria University for the first time.  He and his lovely wife Adele had lunch with my family on Sunday and it was good to catch up with them and show them around campus. 

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  • January 7, 2014 12:49 pm

    Semester Recap

    Happy New Year everyone! Currently I am buried under almost two feet of snow, so I figured now would be a good time to mentally head back to sunny Florida and reflect on my favorite parts of the fall semester.

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  • January 4, 2014 10:39 am

    AMU Welcomes the New Year

    The New Year is off to a fast start but 2013 will be a tough act to follow!  

    For the Church, an unprecedented resignation by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and the emergence of Pope Francis highlighted the “Year of Faith.” 

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  • December 19, 2013 1:48 pm

    AMU featured on EWTN

    I don’t know if you saw the EWTN show that Colleen Carroll Campbell hosts on Wednesdays that aired last night at 6pm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNZMDkEHT40).  She was very kind to spotlight Ave Maria’s 22% reduction in the tuition and fees “sticker price” for next fall, and also explore how Ave Maria happily promotes our love of the Catholic Church in so many ways, including through the new Mother Teresa Project.  Colleen is a natural and so good at what she does - and if you read her hugely successful “My Sisters the Saints” book she published last year (which is coming out in paperback in 2014) then you know that her talents are many.  I have known her for years and her three beautiful children (she is expecting her fourth in February) as well as her wonderful husband (John, a medical doctor who cares for elders).  They moved from their comfortable lives in St. Louis to undertake this adventure in Catholic television. The Church needs more voices like Colleen’s in order to harvest the fruits of the feminine genius that Pope Francis recently touted.  Mary Ann Glendon, Helen Alvare, Colleen and others have much to offer the Church as it engages the culture and transforms it.

  • December 12, 2013 9:59 am

    Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

    Over the desk in the President’s office of Ave Maria University is an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and today, throughout the world and very particularly in the Americas, we celebrate a feast day commemorating her miraculous appearance in Tepeyac, Mexico in 1531.

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  • December 9, 2013 4:36 pm

    The Donahues: A Lasting Legacy at Ave Maria University

    Yesterday’s dedication of the Jack and Rhodora Donahue Plaza at the Oratory of Ave Maria University was yet another milestone in our 10th anniversary year of celebrations.
    Jack and Rhodora have been special friends of the University from the time Tom Monaghan first mentioned to them his vision of it – and long before a shovel turned the rich soil of Immokalee tomato fields into what today is the foundation for our beautiful campus.  Jack was chairman of the Board of Trustees and has remained a trustee to this very day.  Outside of Tom and Marge Monaghan there is no family more responsible for the establishment of Ave Maria than the Donahue family (and daughter Patty Dolan is a trustee, too).

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  • December 3, 2013 4:41 pm

    AMU Celebrates 27 Pioneers

    Today the Church celebrates the life of the great missionary St. Francis Xavier, who with St. Ignatius and five others, founded the Society of Jesus (the religious order of our beloved Pope Francis).  I thought of him and the hidden role he and his colleagues played in founding the Jesuits when I had the good fortune this week of celebrating the pivotal contributions of the 27 men and women who have been at Ave Maria University from the very beginning.  We may have only one founder – Tom Monaghan – but these 27 “mothers and fathers” of Ave Maria University formed a brave band of true believers who instinctively understood the importance and value of Ave Maria University and Tom’s vision, and persevered despite great adversity.

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  • November 26, 2013 2:05 pm

    Ave Maria University Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Consider Obamacare Mandate

    Great news today from the U.S. Supreme Court:  The Obamacare regulations which Ave Maria University has fought in Federal Court since 2012 because they violate religious freedom will be decided by the nine justices sometime in June 2014.

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  • November 22, 2013 10:11 am

    Another Exciting Week at Ave!

    It was good to be on campus for the week and not on the road.  I enjoyed a wonderful week at Ave (and a hot one, too, with temperatures still in the 80’s!).  The highlight was “The Galileo Affair” colloquium on Wednesday where Dr. Paul Baxa, who oversees the Honors Program, convened a forum of three of our professors (Dr. Ricardo Rodriquez – Physics; Dr. Michael Waldstein – Theology; and Dr. Jeffrey Hass – History) who engaged in a spirited discussion of the controversies surrounding the 17th century Church trial of Galileo.  The Demetree lecture hall was nearly filled as our honor students and other members of the University community listened to the riveting discussion and presented the panel with questions and comments.  Simply fascinating.

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