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Archbishop William E. Lori to deliver academic convocation address

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will be delivering the convocation address, “The Freedom to Bear Witness,” at Ave Maria University on Friday, September 5, 2014. He will be speaking at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Most Revered William Edward Lori as the Archbishop of Baltimore on March 20, 2012. Archbishop Lori received his B.A. from the Seminary of Saint Pius X, Kentucky, and his M.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Maryland. He received his S.T.D. from The Catholic University of America, D.C. in 1982.

In 2011, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan appointed Archbishop Lori as the Chair of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. Later that year, Archbishop Lori addressed a Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, calling on Congress to stand up for religious liberty in America. In his address to the first meeting of the Observatory on Religious Liberty in Rome, Archbishop Lori spoke about his own diocese, America’s first Roman Catholic diocese, as striking at the “roots of the American democratic experiment, in which liberty is recognized as coming from God, not from government.” He went on to explain how our ability, as Americans, “to enjoy and practice religious freedom” is being threatened by the HHS mandate, and concluded that we are called, in the pattern of the saints, to “rally for religious freedom,” to “engage our fellow citizens and government leaders…in hope, respect, and love,” and to “sustain our national promise of freedom and equality to succeeding generations.”

President Jim Towey has worked closely with Archbishop Lori in coordinating Ave Maria University’s legal strategy with that of the U.S. Catholic bishops.  Towey and the Archbishop have known each other for over 20 years and are long-time friends.  Their association dates back to when Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta was opening a home for people with AIDS and the Archbishop was then assisting James Cardinal Hickey, Archbishop of Washington, DC.

Archbishop William E. Lori is Chancellor of Mount St. Mary’s University, Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. He is the Chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee on Universities and Colleges, former Chairman and current member of the USCCB’s Committee on Doctrine, a member of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and a member of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. Archbishop Lori was elected Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus in 2005.

Archbishop Lori’s motto is: Caritas in Veritate, “Charity in Truth.



Dr. Timothy McDonnell named an American Prize choral conducting finalist

Monday, August 11, 2014

The AMU Chamber Choir performs at the University's 2014 Scholarship DinnerDr. Timothy McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at AMU has been named an American Prize choral conducting finalist for his work with Ave Maria University's choirs. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit national competitions in the performing arts providing professional adjudication and regional, national and international recognition for the best recorded performances by ensembles and individuals each year in the United States at the professional, college/university, church, community and secondary school levels. Please follow this link for the full release and to view all finalists.

The American Prize Facebook page



Ave Maria University Joins “Generation #Selfie” on Snapchat

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ave Maria University is now on Snapchat! On July 30th, Ave Maria sent its inaugural “snap”, introducing a brand new way of connecting current and prospective students and giving others an inside look into life at AMU. Snapchat, a social media platform that allows users to connect through sending pictures and videos, is one of the most popular ways in which high school and college-age students communicate with their friends. The premise of Snapchat is simple. Users send a picture or video to a select person or group which is viewed by the recipient for a few seconds before the “snap” disappears. 

Snapchat’s ease of use, massive user base, and private-feel makes it perfect for keeping in touch with friends. However, Snapchat is starting to be used by businesses to offer promotions and connect with their customer base on a more personable level. There is also a small group of colleges on Snapchat, using it as a means of connecting with their students and allowing for an intimate look at day-to-day life on campus.

Ave Maria University (avemariau on Snapchat) hopes to do just this. From setting up spontaneous contests and giveaways, to providing students a place to show their school pride, Snapchat will add a fresh and personally engaging part to being a student at Ave Maria. Snapchat is a very new way for us to help connect our current students, prospective students, and alumni. However, with hundreds of followers in just the first week, we are encouraged and excited about the social and creative possibilities that Snapchat offers! Please feel free to add us on Snapchat (avemariau) to see what we’re up to!



Internationally Renowned Tenor Bruce Ford Joins Music Faculty

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bruce Ford, acknowledged internationally as one of the finest singers of his generation, joined the AMU faculty in January of 2014 and presented a master class at the University in the Fall of 2013. Maestro Ford has also been named co-artistic administrator of Opera Naples. His exceptionally demanding repertoire is highlighted by many of the most challenging Mozart and Bel Canto roles, which have brought him acclaim throughout North America and Europe. Ford has appeared frequently at many renowned European houses, such as La Scala, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Florence, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zürich and Geneva. He was also a favorite at the Royal Opera House/Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, and the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Pesaro festivals. In America he has won praise at the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, and San Francisco Opera. His vast and award-winning discography includes the original version of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras for Sony Classics, as well as his critically-acclaimed Opera Rara aria recital Romantic Heroes (featuring works by Donizetti, Mercadante, Meyerbeer and Rossini) which features Mr. Ford in performance with opera superstar, Renee Fleming. Click here to view Mr. Ford's Wikipedia page.

Bruce Ford performing Mitridate at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden:



AMU in the News: Supreme Court Decision

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

For more than two years, AMU has been fighting the Federal Government for an exemption to the Affordable Care Act mandate that requires employers provide free birth control to employees. The Supreme Court's decision to rule in favor of Hobby Lobby should only help the University in its lawsuit going forward.

See the a just a few of the media outlets that highlighted AMU as part of the June 30th Supreme Court decision below.

Fox 4 News

Naples Daily News

Fort Myers News-Press

Cardinal Newman Society

The Ave Herald