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AMU welcomes Columba Bush to campus

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Ave Maria University community welcomed Mrs. Columba Bush to campus on Monday, October 12. Mrs. Bush was greeted warmly by AMU students as she toured campus and visited the Mother Teresa Museum. 

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Anthony Valle wins grant awarded by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation

Monday, October 12, 2015

Anthony Valle, Research Fellow in the Department of Theology at Ave Maria University, was named winner of one of ten grants given by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation in Rome. Valle's article, titled “Retrieving the christological core of Joseph Ratzinger’s communio ecclesiology”, is part of the volume “Proceedings of the international Symposium of Theology” (Dublin 2013), collecting the interventions of a Symposium dedicated to Ecclesiology of the Communion. The Symposium was celebrated in 2012 in Maynooth, Ireland, during the 50th Dublin International Eucharistic Congress, 50 years after the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

For more information, visit the Foundation's website.



Dealing with the Hand God Gave Me

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Remembering the words spoken by then five year-old Valeria Tkacik still gives her mother, Anne, goose bumps. "I turned around to look at her and she was looking at me and smiling and I'll never forget that day. She said Mommy, I was born to make people happy. I said to her I know you will. I truly believe she was getting a message from the angels right then. And from all her achievements, I know this to be true." These days, Valeria is a standout lacrosse player for Ave Maria University in Florida. By all accounts, she is a leader on and off the field. Tkacik was named to the National Women's Lacrosse League South Regional Team and is considered a talented athlete who loves playing lacrosse, basketball, golf, track, soccer and flag football. A good student in the classroom, Tkacik was also accepted as a Mother Teresa Scholar at Ave Maria. She has contributed service time for charity work, including a mission trip to Harlem, NY where she served the poor and homeless. Also, Tkacik recently got a haircut and donated 12 inches of her hair to Art of Wigs (Texas) to help cancer patients. As a freshman, she served as a representative on Ave Maria's Student Government. For her sophomore year, Tkacik will serve on the Student Activities Board and was selected for Ave Maria's Media Internship Program. And if those achievements aren't enough, Valeria is also a motivational speaker, helping patients who are struggling with the loss of limbs and providing them encouragement. The reason? Tkacik can relate to their story. Read more...



President and Mrs. Towey Meet Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Jim and Mary Towey greeted the Holy Father on Sunday after his departing remarks in a hangar at the Philadephia International Airport. President Towey told Pope Francis that Ave Maria University sent its love, and the Holy Father asked for our prayers.

Six Ave Maria University students, President Jim Towey, and Vice President for Student Affairs Julie Cosden were in Philadelphia for the Papal Events this past weekend. AMU's Director of Student Engagement and Operations, Martin Doman, and his band performed prior to Sunday's Mass with Pope Francis. Martin's band was selected as one of nine to perform on Sunday. The band includes two AMU alums, Ben Houde and Rich Dittus. 


Jim and Mary Towey greet the Holy Father.

(From L to R): VP for Student Affairs Julie Cosden, Rose Reed, Julian Sanderson, Laura Wittmann, Conner O’Brien, Corey Blanchard, and Chris DeCleene.

President Towey and VP for Student Affairs Julie Cosden with five of the six AMU students that traveled to Philadelphia. 

A glimpse of the Papal Motorcade driving through Philadelphia.

AMU's Director of Student Engagement and Operations, Martin Doman and his band performed prior to Sunday's Mass with Pope Francis.

Sunday's Mass in Philadelphia.

All photos by Chris DeCleene.



New Students Ready for Academic Year

Thursday, September 3, 2015

On August 31, Ave Maria University welcomed its newest class of students, the class of 2019. This new class brings the University's total undergraduate enrollment to a record of nearly 1,100 students. The Naples Daily News featured an article highlighting AMU's continued growth. Click this link to read more.