This past weekend we celebrated Ave Maria’s 10th anniversary on campus. It was a very busy, exciting weekend full of great activities.
We kicked off the festivities on Thursday with a pep rally for our fall sports, pumping up the student body for our first home football game. Following the pep rally we had a gigantic bonfire, complete with a campfire sing-a-long (Wagon Wheel has officially been recognized as Ave students’ go-to song to sing). On Friday, Sister Dorothy of the Missionaries of Charity held a lecture. Sister Dorothy was the 5th woman to join Mother Teresa, her story was absolutely amazing and everyone really enjoyed her talk.
Saturday morning started out with our October Open House, welcoming visitors to campus and giving tours. I think I need to come up with some new tour guide material, my group of all Floridians didn’t find my jokes about the alligator in the canal quite as funny as I expected…it must be a northern thing. Also Saturday morning was the dedication ceremony for the Mother Teresa Project, a service-focused project that is a very exciting addition to Ave. After the Open House, we headed over to the Piazza for tailgating before the football game. There were hot dogs and burgers, games of cornhole, face painting, hair dyeing, music, and both people from the town and students came out.
After tailgating, we headed over to the football field for our first on-campus home game. The field looked great, complete with a cross on the 50-yard line and (in true Florida style) palm trees planted around the scoreboard. The Gyrenes scored the first touchdown of the game and the crowd went wild. The student section at the game was crazy, bursting with school spirit. We cheered for not only our Gyrenes, but also for the puffy white clouds when they provided us with intermittent relief from the Florida sunshine. We were down at the half, but managed an awesome comeback and won the game, the game winning touchdown pass thrown with less than a second left. The crowd stormed the field, congratulating the team on their home opener win. Our Gyrenes are now on a 3 game winning streak.
Sunday was the day for everyone on campus to rest and catch up on homework and studying. It also was the day that Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I was part of a group of students who did the 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration, which ended on the 13th. Sunday was also my birthday, and let me tell you, the Pope consecrating the world to Mama Mary was definitely the coolest present I’ve ever gotten.
It was definitely an exhausting weekend, but totally worth it. Happy 10th birthday Ave!