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Founders' Event Draws Hundreds from South Florida

rock3aThe smiles on the faces of the people leaving the oratory after Mass Saturday evening told the story: the Founders Clubs' first day-long retreat was a success. Right, two visitors speaking with Sisters Mary Margaret and Teresa Benidicta after the event.

For many of the more than 200 people attending, it was their first time in the town of Ave Maria. Among them were Tony and Martha Nicolli from Boca Raton, who were drawn to the event by their former pastor, Fr. John Gallagher, who now is on the staff at Ave Maria University.

"It was an outstanding event with great speakers," Mrs. Nicolli said as she and her husband were about to be shown the town by residents John and Patti DeFelice. "It's great to be in a place with such strong faith and authentic Catholic values." 

rock6aThe event included music from AMU's director of music ministry, Martin Doman (left), talks by Fr. Robert McTeigue, Fr. Gallagher, Sr. Teresa Benedicta and AMU founder Tom Monaghan.

National Founders Director Catherine Dailey she was delighted with the turnout, which exceeded her expectations. "Many founders clubs have been asking for something like this for quite a while," she said. "We had people from clubs in Ft. Myers, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Marco Island, Immokalee and Orlando," she added.

"Everyone seemed to really enjoy it," Mrs. Daiey said, adding that she hopes it will become an annual event at Ave Maria.



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