FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AVE MARIA, FL (February 3, 2020) – The Inauguration of Mr. Christopher P. Ice as the third president of Ave Maria University will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020.
The occasion will be marked by four major events open to the general public:
Friday, March 27th:
Ex Corde Eccelsiae at Thirty: A Call for Renewal in Catholic Universities – Dr. Michael Dauphinas
6:30pm · O’Bryan Performance Hall, Thomas and Selby Prince Bldg.
Saturday, March 28th:
Mass with Most Reverend Frank J. Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice
10:00am · Ave Maria Catholic Church
11:30am · Ave Maria Catholic Church
Inauguration Keynote Address
Ego Sapientia: Our Lady and Catholic Higher Education – Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.
2:30pm · O’Bryan Performance Hall, Thomas and Selby Prince Bldg.
6:00pm · Ave Maria University Academic Mall
President Ice comes to Ave Maria University after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
“I am excited to begin my presidency at Ave Maria University and lead this authentic, orthodox Catholic university into the future,” President Ice, said. “As our motto of Veritatis Splendor suggests, students at Ave Maria will continue to develop the critical thinking and reasoning skills necessary to distinguishing truth from falsehoods, especially in a culture that blurs the lines of truth. We have outstanding faculty, who are dedicated to academic excellence and preparing our students for the rigors of life after college.”
President Ice continued, “My main goal as the President of Ave Maria is to help form joyful, intentional followers of Jesus Christ through Word and Sacrament, scholarship and service. My desire is for our students to become great leaders in our society and ultimately, saints. At Ave Maria University, we won’t run away from our Catholic faith, we will continue to run to it.”
The public is invited to all the inaugural events and tickets are not required*. The Mass and inauguration ceremony will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend.
*Tickets will be required for the dinner portion of the Annunciation Celebration.
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