Cardinal Newman Society highlights AMU's federal court victory

The Cardinal Newman Society highlighted Ave Maria University's recent federal court victory on their website. On Oct. 29, a federal court granted injunctive relief to AMU following the University’s renewed lawsuit against the HHS mandate filed in August.
Click here to read the full article on the Cardinal Newman Society website. Ave Maria University is Ave Maria University is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.

Victory! Ave Maria University wins in federal court

From President Jim Towey's Blog:
I have wonderful news to share with you! Ave Maria University won in Federal Court on its motion for injunctive relief. This is a significant victory because it is the first Federal Court case since the United States Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case and the subsequent issuance of the so-called “augmented” regulations by the Obama administration.
While this victory is significant the battle is far from over. Judge Moody has stayed action on our case pending a resolution of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals case in the EWTN lawsuit. 
You can click here to see the judge’s order which I think you will find interesting.
Thank you for your prayers and please continue them.  Be assured that Ave Maria University will press on until our religious liberty rights are fully vindicated.
“Ave Maria Wins Relief from HHS Mandate, President Towey Says Battle Far from Over,” Cardinal Newman Society
“Federal Court: New HHS mandate does not protect people of faith,” The Becket Fund
“Ave Maria University v. Burwell,” The Becket Fund
“Ave Maria granted injunction, no penalties for not providing contraception,” Naples Daily News

Dr. McDonnell Awarded American Prize in Conducting

Dr. Timothy McDonnell won third place in the 2014 American Prize in Conducting College/University Chorus Division. The American Prize is an annual series of competitions that award and recognize the best in the performing arts in America. One of the judges this year described McDonnell’s conducting as “clear” and said that his “cues are given so that the orchestra and choir are comfortably together.”

McDonnell is Assistant Professor and Chair of Music at Ave Maria University. He is director of the Ave Maria University Combined Choirs and teaches music theory. Before coming to Ave Maria, he was Director of Liturgical Music and master of the Music Chapel at the Pontifical North American College. McDonnell was founding director of Schola Nova at the International Institute for Culture in Philadelphia. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus. Besides being an accomplished and prize-winning conductor, McDonnell is an active composer and arranger. 

AMU Recommended in Popular Guide to Catholic Colleges

Ave Maria, Fla. – Ave Maria University is recommended in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 27 Catholic colleges, universities and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity.

At visitors can read the Guide for free, order a copy, view its companion magazine My Future, My Faith, or take advantage of “Recruit Me”—an innovative new opportunity for students to sign up to get recruited by the recommended Catholic colleges.

The Newman Guide says of AMU:

“When you take into account the unswerving promotion of Catholic values, the strong core curriculum, and the presence of an impressive and faithful faculty, Ave Maria stands as an exciting new option available to Catholics today.”

The new edition of the Guide highlights exciting changes at Ave Maria including the addition of new majors.

The Newman Guide’s new “Recruit Me” initiative flips around the typical college search process, with faithful Catholic institutions competing for prospective students. All students have to do is complete a short form at, and colleges featured in The Newman Guide will go to work convincing the student why their program is the best fit for the student’s goals and abilities.

“Recruit Me is just another way that The Newman Guide makes it easy for Catholic families and students to explore a wide variety of options for faithful Catholic education, finding the institution that best suits their needs,” said managing editor Adam Wilson. “Every year, parents tell us how the Guide is setting students on a firm path for the future, whether it leads to religious vocations, marriages or professions.  We are thrilled to make this resource available to Catholic families for the eighth year!”

First published in 2007, The Newman Guide recommends 20 U.S. Catholic colleges and universities and seven international and online programs for their faithful Catholic identity. Its companion full-color magazine, My Future, My Faith, helps students navigate the transition from high school to college with advice on important topics like how to know which college is right for you, tips for getting accepted, writing the best application essay, keeping your faith in college and even rules for campus dating.

The book version of the Guide provides in-depth narratives exploring the uniqueness of each institution, questions and answers with the colleges, financial and career development information, and much more.  The free online version at includes all the content from the book plus more than 400 pages of additional information, videos, social media links, photographs, news and more.
The online version also makes it easier than ever for families to compare and contrast the recommended colleges. A chart on the website gives readers a quick glance at crucial facts like percent of Catholic students, number of majors, availability of Confession, opposite sex visiting hours in dorms and other important information for each recommended institution. 

Founded in 1993, The Cardinal Newman Society is dedicated to promoting and defending faithful Catholic education. The Society is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. To become a member, visit online at

Lou Holtz Announced as Keynote Speaker at 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner

Ave Maria University is pleased to announce that legendary football coach, motivational speaker and best-selling author, Lou Holtz, will be the keynote speaker at the University’s 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner taking place on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. This year’s theme is “Champions for Life.”

Holtz currently serves as a college football studio analyst on ESPN and is recognized as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time. Renowned for his success in the sports arena, Holtz will deliver a message that addresses the leadership role of student athletes both on and off the field.

For many years, Lou Holtz has been considered among the greatest speaking legends in America today. He speaks on overcoming seemingly impossible challenges by setting goals and working to achieve them. Over time Holtz has built a reputation as a motivator, a demanding disciplinarian, and someone who relishes challenges and hard work.

“Lou Holtz is and always has been a champion for life,” said AMU President Jim Towey. “His impact on the countless lives he has touched can never be measured appropriately. Our students and University community are grateful to join this list. We look forward to a beautiful evening.”

The previous three Annual Scholarship Dinners have raised more than $2 Million, with all profits going directly to students in need of financial aid.

Tickets for the 4th Annual Scholarship Dinner start at $350 per person. Sponsorship levels are available and include a VIP reception and photo opportunity with Lou Holtz. To purchase tickets or secure a sponsorship, please call Stacy Laffere, Director of Special Events and Advancement Relations at 239-280-1565.

Ave Maria University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution of higher learning dedicated to the formation of joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service, inspired by Saint John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta and devoted to Mary, the Mother of God.