Ave Maria has a special connection to Mother Teresa.

It began with the Week for Mother. From September 4th, the date that Mother Teresa was canonized, to September 10th, Ave Maria University hosted a week of activities for our students in honor of our newly proclaimed saint! From a living showing of the canonization, a pro-life color war, and a grand feast day celebration, the week was packed with wonderful opportunities for our students to discover the saint of the gutters.

Sunday, Sept. 4(Canonization Day)
Live Canonization Broadcast
Xavier Lobby 4:30AM

 Up for the 4:30 AM Challenge? Join us in Xavier Lobby to watch the living broadcast of Mother Teresa’s Canonization in the Vatican! Breakfast will be served and special edition t-shirts will given to the first to attend. Come together with your fellow students on campus, and unite spiritually with those on pilgrimage in Rome, and the Holy Father, as this historic event takes place. Bring a pillow and a mug to fill up your coffee! See you at 4:30 AM.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Wine with Waldstein: Relationship between JP2 & Mother Teresa.
JPII Lobby 8:00PM

Dr. Michael Waldstein is one of Ave’s most beloved professors. He also happens to have translated St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body into English. Join him in the JPII Lobby and learn about the special relationship that Mother Teresa had with St. John Paul II. The event, hosted by Residence Life and the Rosa Mystica Household, will have wine sold for $4 a glass for those 21+ and snacks will also be available. All are welcome!

Thursday, Sept. 8
Theology on Tap
Gyrene Café 7:00PM

Throughout the years Theology on Tap has become an Ave tradition. This time, join us in the Gyrene Café with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Donna-Marie is the author of Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship, a book describing her decade-long friendship with the little saint. Inspired by Mother Teresa, Donna-Marie founded a branch of the lay Missionaries of Charity. Today, she is passionate about encouraging others to follow in the footsteps of her blessed friend by caring for the poorest of the poor. Hear her words on “Taking our Faith to the Streets: Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love” at this week’s Theology on Tap hosted by Mission Outreach. Beer and wine will be for sale. All attendees will receive a $2 coupon off of food and drink.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Inspiration Day Celebration (SGA)
12:00PM Mass, 1:00-3:00PM Feast

Ave’s Week for Mother will culminate on Saturday, September 10, with an Inspiration Day Celebration. Inspiration Day, September 10th, is the day Mother received the call to found the Missionaries of Charity to serve the distressing disguise of Jesus in the poor.
The celebration begins with 12:00 PM mass in the Ave Maria Oratory. After Mass, head over to the Bob Thomas Student Union for an Indian feast and stage festivities in honor of the saint. The Missionaries of Charity from Miami will be joining us and bringing those they serve with them! Admission to the meal is free for all Ave students, faculty and staff. Faculty and Staff, please reserve free tickets for you and your families by emailing sga@my.avemaria.edu. Come to give thanks to God for the witness of his “little one” who continues to make a big impact in our hearts and culture today.

Champions of Charity

A year-long dorm competition.

For the first time ever, Residence Life is launching a campus wide competition in favor of the poor: “Champions of Charity”. Which dorm will contribute the most hours of service? Which dorm will see the participation of the highest percentage of its residents? We will find out at the end of the year! Outdo each other in generosity and be joyfully zealous in serving your neighbor (cf. Rom: 12). Midway prizes will be awarded as the year rolls forward. When you sign up for service, makes sure to add your dorm, team, and household in the comment section. Be bold to be charitable. Become the next Champions of Charity. Any questions? Ask the founder, RA Andrew Nussbaum.

Monday, Sept 5 (Mother’s Feast Day)
Meet Mother Teresa: Movie
Demetree Lecture Hall 8:00-9:00PM

Want to get to know this amazing woman everyone is talking about? Student Activities Board is hosting a showing of the documentary, Mother Teresa: The Legacy, made by the Emmy award winning directors, Ann & Jeanette Petrie.

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Holy Hour
Student Union Ballroom 8:30-9:30PM

Join us for a very special adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Special meditations from the Missionaries of Charity, contemplative music, and time for prayer in silence make for this special MC style holy hour. This big holy hour, located this time only in the ballroom, will kick off the weekly prayer for service. For students out serving, and especially for the people we serve, we will be gathering at 8:30 PM every Wednesday night in Goretti chapel. Be a part of the prayer support to intercede for our brothers and sisters in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Friday, Sept. 9
Festival of Color
Bonfire Pit (Behind the Union) 3:30-6:30PM

Every year India celebrates a Festival of Color or Festival of Sharing Love known as “Holi.” In honor of Mother Teresa’s canonization and the love she had for India and the Indian people, the Students for Life club has prepared AMU’s very first Holi celebration with a pro-life spin to it. Join us for a night of fun: a two mile Color Run, bonfires, music, color wars, and sweets, all for Mother.

Service Fair
St. Francis of Assisi Cafeteria
September 5-9

Want to know where to give yourself this year? Check out the service fair.  Throughout the Week for Mother, you can find information from your fellow students about what each service opportunity consists of, and how to get involved. Don’t be shy when you’re on your way to lunch this week. Find out where and how to give yourself, and then jump into action!

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Sunday, Sept. 4(Canonization Day)
Live Canonization Broadcast
Xavier Lobby 4:30AM

 Up for the 4:30 AM Challenge? Join us in Xavier Lobby to watch the living broadcast of Mother Teresa’s Canonization in the Vatican! Breakfast will be served and special edition t-shirts will given to the first to attend. Come together with your fellow students on campus, and unite spiritually with those on pilgrimage in Rome, and the Holy Father, as this historic event takes place. Bring a pillow and a mug to fill up your coffee! See you at 4:30 AM.

Monday, Sept 5 (Mother’s Feast Day)
Meet Mother Teresa: Movie
Demetree Lecture Hall 8:00-9:00PM

Want to get to know this amazing woman everyone is talking about? Student Activities Board is hosting a showing of the documentary, Mother Teresa: The Legacy, made by the Emmy award winning directors, Ann & Jeanette Petrie.

Tuesday, Sept. 6
Wine with Waldstein: Relationship between JP2 & Mother Teresa.
JPII Lobby 8:00PM

Dr. Michael Waldstein is one of Ave’s most beloved professors. He also happens to have translated St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body into English. Join him in the JPII Lobby and learn about the special relationship that Mother Teresa had with St. John Paul II. The event, hosted by Residence Life and the Rosa Mystica Household, will have wine sold for $4 a glass for those 21+ and snacks will also be available. All are welcome!

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Holy Hour
Student Union Ballroom 8:30-9:30PM

Join us for a very special adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Special meditations from the Missionaries of Charity, contemplative music, and time for prayer in silence make for this special MC style holy hour. This big holy hour, located this time only in the ballroom, will kick off the weekly prayer for service. For students out serving, and especially for the people we serve, we will be gathering at 8:30 PM every Wednesday night in Goretti chapel. Be a part of the prayer support to intercede for our brothers and sisters in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, Sept. 8
Theology on Tap
Gyrene Café 7:00PM

Throughout the years Theology on Tap has become an Ave tradition. This time, join us in the Gyrene Café with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. Donna-Marie is the author of Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship, a book describing her decade-long friendship with the little saint. Inspired by Mother Teresa, Donna-Marie founded a branch of the lay Missionaries of Charity. Today, she is passionate about encouraging others to follow in the footsteps of her blessed friend by caring for the poorest of the poor. Hear her words on “Taking our Faith to the Streets: Mother Teresa’s Lessons of Love” at this week’s Theology on Tap hosted by Mission Outreach. Beer and wine will be for sale. All attendees will receive a $2 coupon off of food and drink.

Friday, Sept. 9
Festival of Color
Bonfire Pit (Behind the Union) 3:30-6:30PM

Every year India celebrates a Festival of Color or Festival of Sharing Love known as “Holi.” In honor of Mother Teresa’s canonization and the love she had for India and the Indian people, the Students for Life club has prepared AMU’s very first Holi celebration with a pro-life spin to it. Join us for a night of fun: a two mile Color Run, bonfires, music, color wars, and sweets, all for Mother.

Service Fair
St. Francis of Assisi Cafeteria
September 5-9

Want to know where to give yourself this year? Check out the service fair.  Throughout the Week for Mother, you can find information from your fellow students about what each service opportunity consists of, and how to get involved. Don’t be shy when you’re on your way to lunch this week. Find out where and how to give yourself, and then jump into action!

Saturday, Sept. 10
Inspiration Day Celebration (SGA)
12:00PM Mass, 1:00-3:00PM Feast

Ave’s Week for Mother will culminate on Saturday, September 10, with an Inspiration Day Celebration. Inspiration Day, September 10th, is the day Mother received the call to found the Missionaries of Charity to serve the distressing disguise of Jesus in the poor.
The celebration begins with 12:00 PM mass in the Ave Maria Oratory. After Mass, head over to the Bob Thomas Student Union for an Indian feast and stage festivities in honor of the saint. The Missionaries of Charity from Miami will be joining us and bringing those they serve with them! Admission to the meal is free for all Ave students, faculty and staff. Faculty and Staff, please reserve free tickets for you and your families by emailing sga@my.avemaria.edu. Come to give thanks to God for the witness of his “little one” who continues to make a big impact in our hearts and culture today.

Champions of Charity

A year-long dorm competition.

For the first time ever, Residence Life is launching a campus wide competition in favor of the poor: “Champions of Charity”. Which dorm will contribute the most hours of service? Which dorm will see the participation of the highest percentage of its residents? We will find out at the end of the year! Outdo each other in generosity and be joyfully zealous in serving your neighbor (cf. Rom: 12). Midway prizes will be awarded as the year rolls forward. When you sign up for service, makes sure to add your dorm, team, and household in the comment section. Be bold to be charitable. Become the next Champions of Charity. Any questions? Ask the founder, RA Andrew Nussbaum.