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  • Amira Willighagen (9) does it again - AVE MARIA - Holland's got Talent [Beautiful!]

    12/23/2013 9:20:53 AM PST · by mlizzy · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12-23-13 | mlizzy
    Please, if you will, listen to Amira sing, Ave Maria.
  • Ave Maria Law priest takes bishops to task for failing to deny Communion to Biden, Pelosi, et. al.

    03/21/2013 7:44:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    LSN ^ | Rev. Michael P. Orsi
    ROME, March 21, 2013 ( - There had been a little off track betting going on among pro-life Catholics ( a tautology for sure) as to whether or not Vice Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would receive Holy Communion at the Mass of Installation for Pope Francis in Rome. on Tuesday. The yeas far out polled they nays, and the yeas proved to be right. It was really a no-brainer! Biden and Pelosi and other pro-abortion politicians have been thumbing their noses at church teaching for many years now. Even though it has been repeated ad infinitum...
  • The New Catholic Debate Over the HHS Mandate

    09/28/2012 6:17:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Ave Maria University ^ | 9/23/12 | Joseph G Trabbic
    My distinguished colleagues and friends Michael Pakaluk and Steven Long have recently opened a new chapter in the intra-Catholic debate over the Obama Administration’s HHS mandate and the moral implications of the responses to it by employers, especially Catholic employers. I think that it is an important chapter since it raises issues that have not yet been appropriately dealt with. But before commenting on their interventions, I would like to consider a little history… The debate’s first chapter — or at least an significant chapter — began in February. Robert T. Miller, now professor of law at the University of...
  • Ave Maria drops student health insurance over HHS mandate

    05/23/2012 3:24:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNA ^ | 5/23/12
    Ave Maria University has become the second Catholic college to announce it will discontinue its student health insurance plan due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. In a May 21 statement, university president Jim Towey called the mandate “an affront to our core values.” “Ave Maria University will not offer or pay for health insurance plans that violate our deeply-held religious beliefs,” he said. The announcement comes amid continued controversy over a federal insurance mandate that will require employers and colleges to offer health care plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-causing drugs, even if doing so violates their religious...
  • Florida Catholic Univ considers dropping student health plan, on heels of Ohio decision

    05/17/2012 7:08:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2012 | Judson Berger
    On the heels of an Ohio school's decision to abandon its student health insurance plan, another Catholic university in Florida is considering whether to follow suit over concerns about premium costs associated with the federal health care overhaul, has learned.  The school, the private Ave Maria University, is voicing both moral and economic concerns. Like Franciscan University -- the Steubenville, Ohio, school that just announced it is dropping student coverage -- Ave Maria officials are opposed to the so-called contraceptive coverage mandate. But for both schools, premium costs associated with new coverage requirements appear to be fueling their anxiety. ...
  • Ave Maria University Files Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

    03/09/2012 12:31:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 03/02/2012
    Ave Maria University has joined Belmont Abbey College and the Eternal Word Television Network in the rising tide of lawsuits against the Obama administration’s attempt to force contraception, sterilization, and abortion drugs into virtually every health insurance policy in America.Ave Maria President Jim Towey, former head of the Bush administration’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives, said, “As an American Catholic, I am in disbelief that I have to choose between being a good Catholic and a good citizen. I will not, and the University will not, accept this false choice.”Towey said that the university will not allow any...
  • Santorum 2008: America is under attack from Satan

    02/21/2012 2:41:46 PM PST · by RobinMasters · 147 replies · 2+ views
    Hot Air ^ | February 21, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Top story on Drudge as I write this. And to think, some people accuse him of being pro-Romney. “Satan has his sights on the United States of America!” Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has declared. “Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.”… “This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good,...
  • SANTORUM'S SATAN WARNING (Drudge doing Romney's Dirty again - An Election must be coming up)

    02/21/2012 8:59:54 AM PST · by apillar · 135 replies ^ | 2/21/2012 | Drudge Report
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  • Ave Maria University: A Catholic project gone wrong

    10/25/2011 8:08:31 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 80 replies
    Miami New Times ^ | Oct 20 2011 | Michael E. Miller
    Marielena Stuart stood in the middle of a quiet street, 120 miles across the swamp from Miami, and stared down the black plastic barrel of a news camera. Behind her loomed a monstrous church, its 100-foot orange-brick façade shimmering like scales in the nighttime spotlights. Stuart glanced up at its one round window — a Cyclops's unblinking eye gazing out over the strange, tiny town of Ave Maria — and shuddered. Her dream town had turned against her, she explained. Stuart, a conservative Catholic writer and blogger who resembles an aging Elizabeth Taylor, explained she felt like she was being...
  • The Most 'Catholic' University That Isn't Catholic

    04/15/2011 7:07:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 4/14/11 | Phil Lawler
    Cardinal William Levada will celebrate Mass for the graduation ceremony at Ave Maria University in Florida on May 7. The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the highest-ranking American prelate ever to serve in the Roman Curia: that’s a nice coup for a young, small Catholic school. But wait: here’s the interesting thing. Ave Maria is not a Catholic university. Not officially, at least. The local ordinary, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, has not yet acceded to the school’s request for formal recognition as a Catholic university. Thus Ave Maria (AMU) cannot yet claim the official...
  • Good News for Ave Maria University: Jim Towey Named New President

    02/10/2011 9:46:32 AM PST · by tcg · 3 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/10/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...Jim Towey's friendship with Mother Teresa of Calcutta. He served as her legal counsel for twelve years. He offered himself, both in Mexico and Washington, DC, to her work of loving and serving the poor. This is clearly a man who "walks the walk" when it comes to his Catholic faith. As a Catholic lawyer with a commitment to authentic Catholic Social Doctrine, I followed Jim Toweys early work as Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and as Assistant to President George W. Bush from 2002 to May 2006... ...President Elect Towey released this statement,...
  • Ave Maria University: A Challenge Among Friends

    01/18/2011 1:21:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/18/11 | Hadley Arkes
    Ave Maria, Florida. I’m in this pioneer town, about fifty minutes from Naples, Florida, to do two talks on natural law at Ave Maria University. The place is exotic because it is so different from academic towns in the Northeast, and not merely in the weather, forever spring. But it is also “familiar” to some of us because it suddenly transports us into a world we used to know in the forties and fifties: a neighborhood with a virtual society of children, roaming freely at large because the community is filled with “catchers-in-the rye”– an ample supply of grownups always...
  • AMU [Ave Maria] Ranked as "Most Catholic Catholic School" in America

    10/21/2010 6:41:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Ave Herald ^ | 10/20/10
    <p>Ave Maria University is "the most Catholic Catholic" college in the U.S., and has academics superior to almost all other Catholic schools, according to a survey of American higher education published by the respected religious journal First Things.</p> <p>"Faith on campus is vibrant" at AMU, the editors of First Things wrote in their November issue, and "provides students with the opportunity to express their faith in all that they do."</p>
  • Ave Maria Shows Campus Religious Group the Door

    09/08/2010 6:20:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Naples News ^ | 9/7/10
    The visible religious community known as the Home of the Mother will be leaving Ave Maria University's campus this week after allegations surfaced that the nun supervising the school's program to help women discern a religious vocation "was responsible for immoral conduct" last year, the university announced Tuesday. The religious group, which is based in Spain and known also by its Spanish name Hogar de la Madre, recalled the nun, Sister Maria Elena, last year after learning of accusations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a female student in the program, but the group did not report the incident...
  • Alex Klucik, 19, Dies in Ave Maria Car Accident

    08/12/2010 2:48:36 PM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 46 replies ^ | 8/2/2010 | staff
    Matthew "Alex" Klucik, the oldest of seven children, was killed early Monday when his car left the road north of Emerson Park shortly after midnight and overturned in a canal. Mr. Klucik, 19, graduated from the Donahue Academy in May and was enrolled as a freshman at Ave Maria University this fall.
  • Ave Maria Gets Accreditation

    06/24/2010 12:34:36 PM PDT · by 0beron · 14 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 06/24/2010 | Tancred
    Tom Monaghan is ahead of the game and eager to feed at the government trough. He announced this weekend at an unofficial alumni gathering that he was fairly certain that the AVE Maria would receive accreditation from SACS. Accreditation is important because it means that the school's credits will transfer and be recognized by employers like the US Government; it also means that Ave Maria will get access to America's tax money. There is currently not any evidence that a school's accreditation was refused due to concerns of the school not having up-to-date hiring policies, such as those that include...
  • The Chronicles of Ave Maria: One year later

    06/24/2010 8:51:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Spero News ^ | June 23, 2010 | Marielena Montesino de Stuart
    A very significant event has taken place– and it involves the Town of Ave Maria, Florida. One year ago the Naples Daily News published a three-part investigative story titled “AVE MARIA: A Town Without A Vote, Now and Forever.“ The story has just been awarded First Place in the Multimedia category by the Florida Society of News Editors. Click HERE to read the Naples Daily News print copy of the announcement. This First Place recognition given to this story about Ave Maria speaks volumes, and brings further attention to the compelling facts and on-going controversy of this town, which is...
  • Ave Maria: Questions and Answers (selling land to ESCR biotech company)

    06/14/2010 6:07:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies · 215+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/14/2010 | Patrick Archibold
    A week ago I wrote a post calling on Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria University and builder of the town of of Ave Maria, to answer some serious questions surrounding the sale of his land for the purpose of development for the bio-tech company Jackson labs. The serious question arose because there is evidence that Jackson labs is involved in research into contraception and in vitro fertilization and there was some speculation that Jackson Labs might even have some links to human embryonic stem cell research. On its face, the sale of the land for the expressed purpose of...
  • Ave Maria: Plunging into Compromise

    06/11/2010 7:57:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 189+ views
    Spero News ^ | June 11, 2010 | Marielena Montesino de Stuart
    During perilous economic and political times, it is easy to see how quickly many members of society begin to set their sights low. It seems as if a state of pragmatism overtakes them– which leads to the justification of actions, no matter how unwise these may be. This is how society falls. Individuals begin to compromise over material issues, which is always followed by questioning and devaluing their principles. Some even justify their actions with intellectual pretentiousness.Anyone who has the courage to criticize their pragmatic material decisions, while reminding them of their moral proclamations and the commitment these require– is...
  • Jackson Labs Admits It Might Do HESC Research In Ave Maria Town

    06/06/2010 5:20:11 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies · 179+ views
    FUMARE ^ | Thursday, June 03, 2010
    Thursday, June 03, 2010 Jackson Labs Admits It Might Do HESC Research In Ave Maria Town Jackson Labs has a nifty new website devoted to the proposed facility to be built in Collier County, Florida, just outside of Ave Maria University. (HT: commenter "curious"). The website has a neat section of "Frequently asked questions" where Jackson Labs proudly declares the following as one of its "key discoveries": "In vitro fertilization, the freezing of embryos and other assisted reproductive technologies were invented and/or perfected by Jackson." Uh-oh. Not a good sign that Jackson takes its ethical obligations seriously. But let's get...
  • Has a venerable Catholic institution been compromised by wealth? [Ave Maria / Tom Monaghan]

    05/06/2010 7:09:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 301+ views
    Spero News ^ | May 06, 2010 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I received my newspaper in the mail yesterday, as always a week late thanks to the postal service that discriminates against small publications. As usual I gave it a quick scan to see what the main issues are. When I got to the back page the piece that particularly drew my attention was the "retraction and correction" related to recent articles on Tom Monaghan and Ave Maria University and town. I read all the articles and was disappointed that the paper was caving in the face of Monaghan's pressure. The retraction on its face is simply not credible. Since the...
  • Ave Maria University Offers $5k Annual Scholarships to Students Recommended by Priests

    02/28/2010 11:48:42 AM PST · by Notwithstanding · 26 replies · 417+ views
    Ave Herald ^ | 2-28-2010 | staff
    Father Dennis Cooney, pastor of St. Raphael's Parish in Lehigh Acres, is delighted that two students from his parish will be attending Ave Maria University this fall. He's even more delighted that each of them will receive a minimum of $5,000 in financial aid through a new program started by the university called Priests for Ave Maria. The PFAM program, as it is known, is part of an effort to involve more priests in the mission of Ave Maria University, and to help recruit students for the university, according to AMU Chancellor Tom Monaghan, who came up with the initial...
  • Is Abortion Allowed In Monaghan’s Ave Maria? (University Honors Tom Golisano)

    01/10/2010 11:55:18 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 689+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | Top Stories for Thursday, January 14th, 2010 | MARIELENA MONTESINO de STUART
    Is Abortion Allowed In Monaghan’s Ave Maria? By MARIELENA MONTESINO de STUART“Now a lie is directly opposed to truth. Therefore dissimulation or hypocrisy is also” — St. Thomas Aquinas.Appearances Are DeceivingAppearances are deceiving — and such is the case in the Town of Ave Maria — a town named after the moment of conception of Our Lord and after the Blessed Virgin Mary.On November 5, 2009, during a press conference at Ave Maria University, the administration, various faculty members, and selected students proudly honored and gave a standing ovation to Tom Golisano, a billionaire with a long history of supporting...
  • Our Father and Hail Mary, sung in Syriac-Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ

    11/21/2009 7:13:24 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 1,223+ views
    YouTube ^ | November 21, 2009
    Abwoon D'Bashmaya - The Lords Prayer in Aramaic - YouTube Shlom Lech Maryam-Ave Maria in syriac/aramaic ماجدة الرومي - YouTube Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that Jesus, His Blessed Mother and the Apostles were born and lived in the Holy Land. The common parlance of their days was Syriac-Aramaic. Hebrew was the liturgical language of the Temple. I recently attended a Hafli - a Lebanese feast, much like a wedding but without the bride and groom. The organizing committee brought in a band that played Middle Eastern (contemporary) songs and the highlight of the evening was a belly...
  • Bishop’s appointment to Ave Maria board indicates closer ties to university

    06/30/2009 8:04:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 299+ views
    Naples News ^ | 6/26/2009 | LIAM DILLON
    The relationship between Ave Maria University and the Catholic Church took a major step forward this month. The university named Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane to its board of trustees, the first official role for the senior local cleric at the eastern Collier County university. Unlike 18 months ago, when an empty 100-foot church building symbolized a disconnect between them, now everyone is speaking the same language: Collaboration. “It shows that we’re working collaboratively with the diocese,” university President Nick Healy said. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate with the university, particularly with regard to the spiritual and...
  • A Study in Contrasts: Ave Maria University and the University of Notre Dame

    05/11/2009 6:34:50 AM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies · 575+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 5/11/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The eyes of the faithful watch the unfolding events at the University of Notre Dame with deep concern as commencement exercises draw near in South Bend. Many are praying earnestly that the leadership of that University will change its mind at the last moment and not bestow an honorary Doctor of Law Degree on our President because of his strong opposition to the fundamental Human Right to Life. The entire incident has revealed a serious deficiency in the state of the Catholic Academy in the United States and beyond. It has also galvanized Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith...
  • Domino's billionaire says economy won't stop his vision of Catholic school, town

    05/06/2009 6:50:06 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 17 replies · 946+ views
    AP ^ | May 6 09 | Mitch Stacy
    IMMOKALEE, Fla. — Near the magnificent new church on the Ave Maria University campus, sculptor Marton Varo chips away at 80 tons of the best white marble money can buy, direct from the same Italian quarry where Michelangelo used to get his.
  • Notre Dame Shame: Nick Healy Addresses his Alma Mater

    04/04/2009 5:31:31 AM PDT · by tcg · 33 replies · 979+ views
    Dear Father Jenkins: Since you assumed the Presidency of the University of Notre Dame I have talked to scores of alumni and supporters who were heartened over your publically expressed intention to strengthen Notre Dame’s Catholic identity. Admittedly, the hopes of many were somewhat diminished by your early failure to accomplish an outright ban on the notorious play The Vagina Monologues, and the perpetuation of formal gay and lesbian activities on campus. Nevertheless the hope of recovery continued, perhaps because having Notre Dame as an academic bulwark of the Church was seen as critical in the challenging political and economic...
  • Ave Maria University Will Hold National Mass for Terri Schiavo's Day in March

    02/25/2009 3:24:34 PM PST · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 1,042+ views
    Life News ^ | 2/25/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Naples, FL ( -- The Florida-based Ave Maria University will hold a national mass in honor of Terri Schiavo on March 31, the day that has been set aside to honor the disabled woman who became an international inspiration. Schiavo was killed on that date when her husband won a court order to take her life.Terri's Foundation, the group Terri's family put together to help disabled people like her, and Priests for Life have come together for the memorial date for Terri.In conjunction with Terri's Day, Ave Maria University will host “The National Mass for Terri’s Day” at its...
  • Give to God what belongs to God

    10/26/2008 7:53:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies · 400+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/22/2008 | Mgr. Luciano Alimandi
    “Give to God what belongs to God” (Mk 12, 17). When the Lord says “ Give to God what belongs to God ”, He is making no little request! In fact it is only in “giving that we receive” and this is true first and foremost in our fundamental relationship with God: in order to give his whole Self to man, God asks man to entrust into His hands his whole self! How often the Sacred Liturgy we celebrate leads our hearts and minds to implore this “admirable exchange”: we offer God our poverty so He may give us...
  • An undivided heart for God

    10/17/2008 3:13:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 260+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/15/2008 | Luciano Alimandi
    The Lord Jesus came on earth to reveal the will of God for each one of us: the path of holiness, that is, profound communion with Him and through Him with the Father, in the love of the Holy Spirit. The Saints are men and women who followed Him, fulfilling his Will. No one on the whole earth is excluded from walking this path, because God's call to holiness is universal: it reaches and embraces all mankind. To be holy as God wishes us to be, we must know Jesus, since He alone is our way to perfection. He is...
  • In prayer we receive the power of Christ!

    09/25/2008 7:20:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 258+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 9/24/2008 | Luciano Alimandi
    Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - To step outside our own little “world” where, – because our nature, tainted by sin, has become totally self-centred – usually, everything revolves around, “me”, we need prayer. Only if we open to God with humility and trust, can the light and the power of His truth enter our hearts and enlighten our minds. “Raise up ancient doors, let the king of glory enter” (Ps 23, 7), these inspired words of the psalmist, urge us to let the "King of glory" the Lord Jesus, enter our being. The “doors” of the soul's higher powers– intellect,...
  • It is always the Mother who leads us to Jesus

    09/06/2008 7:25:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 129 replies · 579+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 9/3/2008 | Mgr Luciano Alimandi
    Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - <'If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. What, then, will anyone gain by winning the whole world and forfeiting his life?> (Mt 16, 24). The Lord Jesus never forces anyone to follow Him and so he says: “If anyone…”. But for those who do heed his call, he sets precise conditions of which the finality is to reach the...
  • [OPEN] Renounce self and receive Jesus

    08/01/2008 8:16:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 112+ views
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 7/31/2008 | Luciano Alimandi
    Vatican (Agenzia Fides) - “The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off in his joy, sells everything he owns and buys the field. 'Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it ” (Mt 13, 44-46). The parables of the treasure hidden in the field and the precious peal, which the Lord narrates to help us understand the Kingdom of God, reveal - as the Lord's...
  • A Victory for Campus Diversity

    07/24/2008 9:52:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 6 replies · 159+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Bob Tyrrell
    Something very good has just taken place on a college campus. After a two-year ordeal orchestrated by a group of mutinous faculty members, the Ave Maria School of Law has been given a clean bill of health by the American Bar Association and can continue with its work. I spoke on the campus last autumn and departed burdened by gloom. I feared the mutineers might win. They were the typical professorial grumblers, and such unhappy philistines so often have the upper hand on campuses. Truth be known, I spend very little time on college campuses. The life of the mind...
  • Kelly Clarkson singing Ave Maria for the Pope

    04/20/2008 9:36:57 PM PDT · by Hildy · 114 replies · 692+ views
    Fox 5 WNYW ^ | Hildy
    I searched, but didn't see this posted. This is the video of Kelly Clarkson singing Ave Maria for the Pope. It was for the youth rally and I think she did a great job.CLICK HERE
  • Ave Maria oratory to be dedicated - Catholic town & university finally dedicates centerpiece

    03/25/2008 7:12:36 AM PDT · by Notwithstanding · 29 replies · 463+ views
    Naples News ^ | March 24,2 008 | Liam Dillon
    The 100 foot, $24 million structure at the center of Ave Maria will be dedicated by Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane at a Mass next week, Ave Maria University officials confirmed late Monday... The university had invited Dewane to dedicate the structure in January. When it became clear that the structure was not going to be dedicated at that time, the university canceled the event. For more than two months, neither side would address specific issues involved in the delay of the structure’s dedication. The oratory is the central structure in the 5000-acre town and university being built by...
  • Thousands welcome Ave Maria oratory into Roman Catholic Church

    04/01/2008 1:05:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 792+ views
    Naples News ^ | March 31, 2008 | LIAM DILLON
    What was once just a tomato field is now holy land. What was once just a building is now a sacred place. Ave Maria and the Roman Catholic Church joined Monday in a 1,500-year-old ceremony that dedicated the town’s 100-foot, $24 million landmark as a church and made official the link between the new community and its inspiration. Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane led a two-hour service in front of 1,100 worshipers inside the church, known as the Ave Maria Oratory, and about 1,000 others watching the celebration on closed circuit television nearby. The service functioned like the building’s...
  • New Video Documents Founding of Ave Maria, Florida

    01/22/2008 6:15:59 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 19 replies · 33+ views
    Naples News ^ | Jan 22, 2007 | Naples News
    Check out this documentary - great stuff about this amazing new town and Catholic university.
  • Diocese bishop opts for circus Mass over Ave Maria's dedication ceremony

    01/21/2008 2:04:22 PM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 262+ views
    Naples News ^ | January 18, 2008 | Liam Dillon
    Last Sunday, Diocese of Venice Bishop Frank Dewane celebrated Mass at a Sarasota church accompanied by priests wearing colorful Ferris wheels, clowns, giraffes, unicycles, lions and merry-go-rounds on their vestments. This was the annual circus Mass, Dewane said, honoring the nearly 100-year history of the Ringling family on Florida’s west coast and the importance of itinerant people like circus performers to the Catholic universal church. Last Sunday, Ave Maria founder Tom Monaghan spoke inside his new 100-foot-tall, $24-million oratory at Ave Maria town accompanied by residents and supporters of the private university in the Catholic tradition. This was the Picnic...
  • Ruling backs high school's decision to bar band from playing 'Ave Maria'

    09/30/2007 7:21:32 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 21 replies · 167+ views
    Student Press Law Center ^ | 09/25/07 |
    Former student plans appeal of district court decision: WASHINGTON — Everett School District officials did not violate a student’s First Amendment rights by not allowing a high school wind ensemble to play “Ave Maria” during the 2006 graduation ceremonies, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The U.S. District Court in Seattle ruled that although music is considered a form of speech that can be protected, the school district was within its legal rights to control the content — not the viewpoint — of any speech at the graduation ceremony. Because Henry M. Jackson High School’s “prohibition of the performance of ‘Ave...
  • Families move in to Catholic town created by former owner of Dominos Pizza

    07/16/2007 12:57:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 54 replies · 1,077+ views
    Naples, Jul 16, 2007 / 11:10 am (CNA).- The town of Ave Maria, built around the Catholic Ave Maria University, welcomed its first residents in May, and more families are expected to move in throughout the summer and fall. Mike and Cecilia O’Shea, along with their four daughters, Maureen, 3, Erin, 7, Caitlin, 7, and Maggie, 5, were the first of 11,000 potential households to move into the new 5,000-acre town on May 30. The O’Sheas purchased a two-story home in Pulte Homes’ Hampton Village community. It has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, along with a spacious backyard and two...
  • Ave Maria University: Chaos Erupts after Fessio Firing Traditionalist Catholics Need Not Apply

    04/03/2007 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Mershon · 29 replies · 1,456+ views
    Renew America ^ | April 3, 2007 | Brian Mershon
    Chaos erupts at Ave Maria University after Fr. Fessio firing McCaffrey: Traditionalist Catholics need not apply Brian Mershon Brian Mershon April 3, 2007 Father Joseph Fessio, S.J., Publisher of Ignatius Press, and former Provost of Ave Maria University, was unexpectedly and suddenly dismissed from his position around 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2007, without detailed explanation from the University administration. The next day, without explanation, the University did an apparent "about face" by outlining a list of responsibilities that appeared to keep Fr. Fessio actively involved in the University. In an upcoming series of articles, we will explore many facets...
  • Ave Maria dean who spoke out is reassigned to Michigan

    03/27/2007 8:19:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 399+ views
    Bonita News ^ | March 26, 2007 | Dave Osborn
    An Ave Maria University dean who spoke out last week about the firing of the school’s provost has been reassigned to a new position in Michigan. However, the Rev. J. Michael Beers, 57, dean of the pre-theologate program at Ave Maria, said his reassignment has been in the works since last year. Beers will become the founding director of a seminary in Bay City, Mich., under the Diocese of Saginaw, Mich. Last week, Beers told the Daily News that he was shocked by the dismissal of Ave Maria Provost Joseph Fessio, who has since been reassigned to another position at...
  • Virgin Mary appears on school baking tray

    02/27/2007 10:29:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 97 replies · 1,223+ views
    UPI ^ | Feb. 24
    HOUSTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- A metal baking sheet from a Houston elementary school has become an object of veneration for hundreds of Catholics who see an image of the Virgin Mary. The pan bearing what many believe is a miraculous religions image is now on display in the yard of Sylvia Calderon, a member of the PTA at Pugh Elementary School, the Houston Chronicle reported. Calderon gave the baking sheet a home after officials at the school said they could not accommodate the crowds who wanted to see it. Guadalupe Rodriguez, a cafeteria worker at the school, discovered the...
  • ‘Gyrenes’ Honor Chairman at University Gala in Florida (MARINES)

    02/25/2007 12:04:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 277+ views
    NAPLES, Fla., Feb. 25, 2007 – More than 350 former and retired Marines turned out here last night to honor Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Ave Maria University Gyrene Gala. The Gyrene Gala raises scholarship funds for young men and women who serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces to attend Ave Maria University. The term “gyrene” goes back to around 1900, according to Mariion F. Sturkey in her 2001 book, “Warrior Culture of the U.S. Marines.” Sailors began using the term as a jocular derogatory reference to...

    02/20/2007 12:51:14 PM PST · by davidwendell · 22 replies · 624+ views
    Fumare ^ | Feb 20, 2007 | Fumare
    Unexpectedly, and without any prior notice that an early decision was forthcoming, an apparent quorum of the Ave Maria School of Law Board of Governors, via Dean Bernard Dobranski, announced its decision today, February 20, 2007, to close the Ave Maria School of Law Michigan entity in Ann Arbor, and "relocate the Law School to Florida," near Immokalee.
  • Opening phases on way (Ave Maria Florida)

    01/16/2007 6:36:24 PM PST · by siunevada · 11 replies · 313+ views
    Naples Daily News ^ | January 16, 2007 | Jennifer Brannock
    University, town taking shape; first phases expected to be open by the end of the summer After five years of discussion, planning and negotiations, it is time for developers of Ave Maria University and town to find out whether the venture is worth the weight of its work. This year is set to be the most important year for university, residential and town center planners since the project's inception in 2002. Developers in all three areas are scheduled to open their first phases to students and residents at the end of this summer. Ave Maria University students are eager to...
  • "Conservative" Catholic Law School Aids/Abets Illegal Aliens

    07/08/2006 11:20:45 AM PDT · by radar101 · 14 replies · 585+ views ^ | 7 JULY 2006 | Debbie Schlussel
    When Domino's Pizza founder and billionaire Tom Monaghan set up Ave Maria School of Law, he claimed it was because all other Catholic law schools were liberal, and he wanted a conservative one. So, given that, what the heck is conservative about helping illegal aliens? That's the latest project of Ave Maria School of Law, which makes it . . . just like all the other liberal Catholic law schools. Question for our many conservative Catholic readers who are against illegal immigration: Is there any Catholic belief whatsoever that requires aiding and abetting illegal aliens? More from "People Making News"...
  • Teen sues district after "Ave Maria" silenced

    07/01/2006 5:27:12 AM PDT · by DogBarkTree · 180 replies · 3,285+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Saturday, July 1, 2006 | David Bowermaster
    For years, seniors in the wind ensemble at Henry M. Jackson High School have selected a favorite piece of music to play during commencement. For last month's ceremonies, the 17 students chose an instrumental version of "Ave Maria," which they had performed at a school concert in December 2004. But their choice was vetoed by Dr. Carol Whitehead, superintendent of the Everett School District. Instead, the ensemble played a selection by British composer Gustav Holst. Now Kathryn Nurre, an 18-year-old who played alto saxophone in the ensemble before graduating, is suing Whitehead, claiming the decision violated her First Amendment right...