Campus Ministry Staff


"People must be constantly reminded to cultivate a relationship with him who came that we might have life in abundance." - Pope Benedict XVI Fr. Rick Martignetti, OFM Director of Campus Ministry Contact Info: fr.rick.martignetti@avemaria.edu (239) 304-7942 Kerry Estes Director of Mission Outreach Contact Info: kerry.estes@avemaria.edu (239) 280-2519 Fr. Joseph Lugalambi Spiritual Director Contact Info: [...]

Campus Ministry


"First and foremost, every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth'". - Pope Benedict XVI Campus Ministry facilitates spiritual life on campus and is at the core of our Catholic Identity at Ave. Whether it's supporting the sacramental life of the [...]

John Paul II First Class Relic Visits Campus


AVE MARIA, FL – On October 3, 2017 the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary came to Ave Maria University to give a women’s talk titled “Living Out Marian Devotion.” They brought with them the relic of St. John Paul II’s blood. His blood, still in liquid form, has traveled internationally. From the […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updated 5/13/20


13 May 2020 Greetings on the blessed memorial of Our Lady of Fatima! I am pleased to announce that Ave Maria University campus will be open for the Fall, 2020 semester. To date, we have been blessed to have no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campus even though over 20% of our students […]

2019 President’s Dinner and Award Ceremony


Ave Maria University students, parents, faculty, staff, and trustees gathered on the Friday evening prior to the Class of 2019 commencement in the Student Union for the annual President’s Dinner.  Event attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal along with formal addresses from AMU President, Jim Towey and Dr. James Patterson who was nominated by this year’s […]

Building Momentum


As we enter into 2017, we’ve got momentum! This semester, over two-hundred students, faculty, administrators, and Board of Trustees members gathered for the historic groundbreaking of the new multi-purpose academic building at AMU. The $11 million dollar building, which is scheduled for completion by the Fall of 2018, will house a new nursing lab, campus […]

AMU to Build $11 Million Academic Building in Honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta


AVE MARIA, Fla. (November 3, 2016) — Ave Maria University announced today its plan to build a new $11 million academic building in honor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta that will house the University’s nursing program and provide venues for the performing arts. The new academic building will provide over 37,000 square feet of space […]

Clubs and Organizations


Clubs and Organizations Ave's home to over 40 clubs and organizations. We invite students to take an active role in organizations because it contributes to their total education as a whole person and the educational goal of Ave Maria University. Also, they're awesome. Academics Accounting Club American Enterprise Institute Executive Council Biology Club Explaining Physiology Outside [...]

Meet Residence Life Staff


Ryan Welch DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE LIFE While attending Missouri State University for his bachelor’s degree, Ryan had a very deep “come-back” conversion to Christ, and spent the last two years of his undergraduate career volunteering at the school’s Catholic Campus Ministry. He then served as an on-campus missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students [...]

Message from the President


Office of the President 9 June 2020 Dear Ave Maria University Community, As many of you know, yesterday was my first day back in the office at Ave Maria University since the death of my beautiful wife, Mary. During my time of mourning, I spent time with my children and have been working through the […]