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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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  • November 13, 2013 4:54 pm

    Archbishop Kurtz Elected as the New President of the USCCB

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ meetings concluded yesterday with the election of Archbishop Kurtz as the new president of the conference (here is a photo from the 6:30AM Mass).


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  • November 11, 2013 8:57 am

    From Ave Maria to New Orleans

    I may be heading to the annual meeting of presidents of the Cardinal Newman Society’s colleges and universities as well as the fall meeting of the U.S. Bishops, but I am still savoring the memories from last week at historic Antoine’s restaurant in the French Quarter in New Orleans. 

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  • November 6, 2013 11:40 am

    Celebration of Alice von Hildebrand’s 90th birthday

    Last week I was in New York for the celebration of the 90th birthday of Alice von Hildebrand, a distinguished Catholic philosopher and theologian, and a friend whom I have admired from afar for decades.  Her sister, Marie-Helene Peeters, and her children, most especially Therese Casey (pictured alongside her husband and daughter, Marthe Marie, in a photo I took outside of Gonzaga College in Washington, DC in the late 1980’s), have been close to the Towey family since 1987 when I first met them in France.


    "Aunt Lily" bears a striking resemblance to her sister Marie-Helene, who lives with her husband Paul in Belgium.

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  • October 29, 2013 4:11 pm

    AMU Students Shine on PBS

    I am so proud of our four students who were featured this weekend on the PBS feature story on how Catholic universities establish and maintain their identity and mission.

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  • October 22, 2013 8:13 pm

    The Beauty and Power of Humble Beginnings

    In honor of our 10th anniversary, and in light of today’s 35th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, I am inaugurating a presidential blog with the hope that I can contribute to the creative process that is discovering who Ave Maria University is and what our role in the New Evangelization must be.

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