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AMU Granted SACS Candidacy

"This is truly a great day for the university," said Chancellor Tom Monaghan after Ave Maria was awarded candidacy status by  the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. "We have been working toward this goal for many years and are excited for what this means for the university community, especially our students."
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Update: Sr. Theresa Scheuren, RIP

"She edified all of us by her presence, her good humor, and her cheerful acceptance of suffering," said Fr. Garrity, remembering Sr. Theresa who died Sunday morning after a long illness. A funeral Mass will be Thursday, 4 p.m., at the oratory preceded by a wake at 2:30 p.m. The 5:15 p.m. Mass Thursday is canceled. A reception will follow the funeral Mass.

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Mentoring Part of Community Outreach to Immokalee


Dick Hailer's life changed when he served three stints in the Peace Corps in the 1960s and 1970s. Now he and 12 other members of the Ave Maria community are changing other lives through a mentoring program at Immokalee High School. (Above, Mr. Hailer addresses a group of students at one of their regular meetings at Immokalee High.)

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Celebration of Lights Packs Piazza

With near-perfect weather, the 2nd annual Celebration of Lights drew a large crowd of people from throughout the area. Above, the marching band from Immokalee High School performs in front of the oratory.

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Father Fessio Spearheads Drive to Build Theater

"I may not be able to sing, dance or play an instrument myself," says Ave Maria University's Theologian in Residence, "but I can build a theater that will showcase the talents of all the students who can." So these days, in addition to his roles at AMU and Ignatius Press, Fr. Fessio can often be seen poring over architectural plans and planning a campaign to raise money for a theater on campus. (Above, an architectural drawing shows a view from the fountain.)

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