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Diocese of Venice Purchases Ave Maria Oratory Building

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Ave Maria University has sold the iconic Ave Maria Oratory to the Diocese of Venice, the diocese announced Thursday. The building now becomes the Ave Maria Parish Church and the move makes Ave Maria a regular parish, and no longer a "quasi-parish." AMU and Ave Maria Development are also donating land for a parish hall and offices for parish activities. (above, a file photo of a procession outside the oratory)

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Steak Cookoff Draws Record Number of Grill Team Entrants

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A total of 22 grill teams – from Ave Maria, southwest Florida and as far away as Arkansas and Texas – will be competing Saturday, Jan. 28, in the 7th annual Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off in the Ave Maria town center. This year, the cook-off follows an array of fun activities at the Great American Saturday event sponsored by Ave Maria Development.

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Record Home Sales in Ave Maria in 2016

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Ave Maria Development (AMD) reports that a record 342 homes were sold in 2016, a 20-percent increase from the previous year. Ave Maria has been the fastest selling new home community in Southwest Florida for the last seven consecutive quarters, said AMD's Cee Cee Marinelli.

Triathlon to Finish in Ave Maria Saturday

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The HITS triathlon will finish in Ave Maria again this year, with cyclists coming through from the late morning to well into the afternoon Saturday, Jan. 7. The cyclists start in Naples, and traffic disruptions in Ave Maria are expected to be minor, as they were last year.

Merry Christmas from The Ave Herald

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At one Christmas Mass,  the priest was totally upstaged by this delightful and loving baby boy. He seemed the very embodiment of the message of this blessed day: "Emmanuel – God is with us."
It has been a joy and a pleasure to serve the Ave Maria community this year. All good wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a 2017 filled with blessings. - Patricia and David

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