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Dominican Nuns Taught Oprah Winfrey the Rosary
Ave Herald ^ | 2-24-2010 | Staff

Posted on 02/28/2010 10:50:02 AM PST by Notwithstanding

Oprah Winfrey was surprised after her recent show featuring the Dominican Sisters of Mary when the sisters in the studio said they had a present for her. "No one ever gives me a present," the television star said. Then, as Sr. Teresa Benedicta related in a talk before a packed gathering at The Bean of Ave Maria Tuesday night, "the sisters gave Oprah a rosary, and taught her how to pray it. She seemed really interested."

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is one of the fastest-growing orders of women religious in the United States. Founded 12 years ago, it now has 98 women and has run out of space at its mother house in Michigan, Sr. Teresa Benedicta said .

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Hosted by "The Bean of Ave Maria" coffee house, town resident Sr. Theresa Benedicta captivated the group of more than 50 people attending the monthly meeting of the Ave Maria Founders Club with the story of her parents' conversion to Catholicism -- her mother was drawn into the Church by Alice von Hildebrand -- and her own call to religious life. Four sisters from this community live in Ave Maria, Florida, where 3 of them teach at the local Catholic K-12 school and one of them studies at Ave Maria University. Sister Theresa Benedicta explained that university founder Tom Monaghan's generous commitment up front (made to foundress Mother Assumpta Long) to fund the order for its first 7 years is what allowed the order to begin its important work.

1 posted on 02/28/2010 10:50:02 AM PST by Notwithstanding
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To: Salvation; NYer; ArrogantBustard; Miss Marple

Please ping to the Catholic caucus.

2 posted on 02/28/2010 10:50:51 AM PST by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: Notwithstanding

This is a traditional Sisters Religious Group- I donate to them on a regular basis.

3 posted on 02/28/2010 10:55:46 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Notwithstanding

That’s good, she’s gonna need them.

4 posted on 02/28/2010 10:58:46 AM PST by wolfcreek (
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To: Notwithstanding; Salvation; NYer

5 posted on 02/28/2010 11:02:32 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: NYer; Salvation; ArrogantBustard; Miss Marple
A Poetry Reading for Modern Times

The poems ranged from modern to classics, and people recited from computers, iPhones, memory and old-fashioned paper at a fun poetry reading Friday night at The Bean of Ave Maria. More than 30 people attended and readers included university and high school students, town residents, clergy, and university professors and administrators. (Above AMU student Zach Harned reading classic poetry from his laptop.)

Ave Maria Design Review Board Will Be Discussed by AMSCD

The Ave Maria Stewardship Community District at its meeting Tuesday will consider the creation of a design review board that would have authority to approve plans for all non-residential construction in the town. The recommendation is one of several items on the agenda for the AMSCD meeting at 9 a.m. March 2.

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Dominican Nuns Taught Oprah Winfrey the Rosary

The Dominican Sisters of Mary who appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show earlier this month presented Oprah with a rosary and taught the TV star how to pray it, Sr. Teresa Benedicta told a packed gathering at The Bean of Ave Maria Tuesday night.

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National Mass for Terri Schiavo at Ave Maria March 31


Priests for Life and the Terri Schiavo Foundation have announced that the "National Mass for Terri's Day" March 31 will be celebrated again at the Ave Maria oratory. The "Terri's Day" Mass was celebrated at Ave Maria last year as well.
(Left, a photo of Terri Schiavo displayed at the oratory at the Mass last year.)

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Paul Henkels Academic Buiilding Dedicated at Ave Maria

Ave Maria University officially dedicated the Paul M. Henkels Academic Building Friday before an enthusiastic gathering that included the late Mr. Henkels' wife, Barbara, nine children and 21 grandchildren. Above, the family poses outside the building after the dedication.

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Stations of the Cross Every Friday in Lent

stationsSeveral hundred people attended Stations of the Cross Friday evening in the oratory. Stations of the Cross will be held at 7 p.m. in the oratory every Friday in Lent. (Right, Fr. Robert Tatman, the parish administrator, leading the observance Friday.)

Bishop Dewane Thanks Students for Pro-Life Activities

Bishop Frank Dewane thanked students at Ave Maria University and the Donahue Academy for their pro-life commitment when he celebrated the noon Mass in the oratory Friday. (Above, Bishop Dewane greeting students from the Donahue Academy after Mass)

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Pre-School Opens in Ave Maria Town Center

The Casa de Bambini Montessori pre-school welcomed 30 children when it opened for business Thursday morning in the Ave Maria town center. Above, teaching assistant Krista Henley with Michael and Maria Buccheri.

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Special Lectures on Christian Art Offered Saturday

Internationally-known art historian Dr. John Spike will give two free, public lectures at Ave Maria University Feb 20: The Fundamentals of the History of Christian Art and The History of the Annunciation in Art.

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Love is Theme of Art Exhibition

loveVisual arts, poetry, music and drama will be showcased Friday at an exhibition on the Ave Maria University campus exploring the question, "But What is Love?" All are invited to the free event organized by students beginning at 7 p.m. Feb. 19.

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Official Groundbreaking for Golisano Field House

With construction already under way, the official groundbreaking was held Tuesday morning for the Ave Maria University Golisano Field House, which will house a gym and training facilities. Above, Mr. Golisano talks with AMU basketball players Chris Scanlan (center) and Marc Rozanski.

Fr. McTeigue to Share Experiences with Asian Missions

Fr. Robert McTeigue will speak about his missionary experiences in the Far East at the next Theology on Tap, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Queen Mary Pub and Grille. Theology on Tap is open to all. Raffle tickets will be sold to support his missionary work.

Cardinal Maida Celebrates Mass at Ave Maria

Cardinal Adam Maida, retired archbishop of Detroit, praised Ave Maria University as "a great work of the Church" after celebrating the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass. Above, Cardinal Maida greets Emerson Park resident Mary Mitchell after Mass.

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Family Fun Weekend Raises $4,000 for Donahue Academy

Headmaster Dan Guernsey says the school is grateful to the entire community and to the Knights of Columbus, who put on a pancake breakfast fundraiser the Sunday following the festival events in the town center.

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AMU Hires Football Coach; Will Start Playing in 2011

An Ave Maria University football team has long been a dream of founder Tom Monaghan. AMU announced today that it has hired a head football coach, Barry Fagan, currently an offensive co-ordinator at Hillsdale College, and will field a team in 2011.
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Institute of Pastoral Theology Offers Open Classes Feb. 12-14

Anyone interested in the Institute of Pastoral Theology will have an opportunity to hear a talk by one of the professors Friday, and attend open classes at Ave Maria University Friday through Sunday. The IPT is a graduate program in theology designed for the non-traditional student.

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Dominican Sisters of Mary Appear on Oprah Winfrey

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, some of whom teach at the Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, were featured Tuesday on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Reporter Lisa Ling, who spent a night in their convent in Ann Arbor, MI, called the sisters "some of the kindest people I've ever encountered." Above, Sr. Francis Mary (L) and Sr. Mary Judith with Oprah Winfrey

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AMU Students Shine at Naples Founders Club

Dazzling singing from five AMU students highlighted the meeting of the Naples chapter of the Ave Maria Founders Club Tuesday night. Students sang selections that will be part of a musical theater evening March 27 at the Festival of the Arts in Ave Maria. Above, sisters Jamille (L) and Alia Seaberg sing the duet Sull'aria from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Other singers included Nathaniel Page, April Rutherford and Vanessa Tompkins.

Parish Pro-Life Group Prepares for 40 Days for Life

The Respect Life Committee of the Ave Maria quasi parish will be available after masses Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 to sign up volunteers to participate in vigils outside Planned Parenthood in Naples as part of a nation-wide 40 Days for Life campaign.

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Cardinal George Addresses AMU Convocation

Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, opened Ave Maria University's conference on Catholicism and America with an address before the university's spring-term convocation. Above, Cardinal George receives an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from AMU President Nick Healy. Left-right: AMU Board Chairman Michael Timmis, Bishop Frank Dewane, Cardinal George, Mr. Healy, and AMU VP Jack Sites.

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6 posted on 02/28/2010 11:04:20 AM PST by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: Notwithstanding

Maybe she understands enough to take it back to her old pastor Jeremiah Wright and tell him where he went wrong.

7 posted on 02/28/2010 11:09:07 AM PST by Track9 (Old worn out suits and shoes,..)
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To: Notwithstanding

Just what the Catholic Church needs, another fake catholic lesbian.

8 posted on 02/28/2010 11:15:45 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Is anyone in the 0bama administration competent at anything?!!?)
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To: All
Well, you have to give this woman credit... She will do anything for RATINGS!!!


9 posted on 02/28/2010 11:24:45 AM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church (...Actually I'm hearing MORE from RCC now! ....) ** DEAFENING **)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Not sure if I follow you.

These sisters are as devout as they come. They reached out to an influential media figure who generously and accurately (much to my surprise) highlighted their vocation and commitment to God on her national program.

They evangelized her and witnessed to her. Which is beautiful.

10 posted on 02/28/2010 11:41:19 AM PST by Notwithstanding (Wer glaubt ist nie allein. Who believes is never alone.)
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To: Notwithstanding

It would be a better religious influence than Jeremiah Wright.

11 posted on 02/28/2010 11:46:30 AM PST by Tribune7 (Only stupid, racists people support Obama.)
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To: Notwithstanding

I hope she tries it and may Our Lady bless her and bring to Jesus’ loving arms.

12 posted on 02/28/2010 11:50:08 AM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Notwithstanding; onyx; All

I’m SO thrilled and impressed with all
Tom Monaghan has created in Ave Maria.

My good friend is in Naples for the month,
and attended the Latin Mass at Ave Maria.
She said the place is SO beautiful .. you
feel the sense of overwhelming spiritual
peace and serenity in the church, and the
statuary and appointments are glorious.

He truly is building the town of yesterday’s
moral and Catholic values .. something SO
dearly missing in our culture.

God bless him!

Thanks for posting, Not !

13 posted on 02/28/2010 5:18:25 PM PST by STARWISE (They (LIBS-STILL) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war- Richard Miniter)
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To: STARWISE; Notwithstanding

We are blessed to have Tom Monaghan.
Thank you for the ping dear STAR.
I would have otherwise missed Notwithstanding’s beautiful posting.

14 posted on 02/28/2010 6:15:46 PM PST by onyx (BE A MONTHLY DONOR - I AM)
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