A Message from the Dean of Faculty

A Message from the Dean of Faculty


Ave Maria is a new university in the Catholic tradition aspiring, under grace, to become a vital center of the "new springtime" of culture anticipated by John Paul II for this millennium.

As an institution in the Catholic tradition of higher education and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our patroness, we know that her Son, Jesus Christ, is the divine Teacher who opens our minds and hearts to the fullness of Truth. "He who abides in me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without me you can do nothing" (John 15:5)." He is the source and goal of everything we do, as we educate laity, priests and religious who will go forth boldly to foster a true culture of life and civilization of love.

Ave Maria is committed to building a university that will earn a reputation for excellent teaching, cutting-edge research, and joyful fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

To develop the first of these "pillars," we have attracted an extraordinarily gifted and dynamic faculty. By means of our integrated liberal arts core curriculum, these teachers introduce our students to the great tradition of theology, philosophy, history, literature, classical languages and natural sciences, imparting what Pope John Paul II calls "a unified and organic vision of knowledge" (Papal Encyclical, Fides et Ratio). Students learn not just to memorize material, but to understand it deeply, appropriate it, and apply it to their lives.

The members of our faculty are also excellent scholars. At the heart of every true university can be found professors who are actively engaged with the world and at the forefront of the search for truth in their respective field. Ave Maria encourages its faculty to research, publish, lecture at international conferences or serve as editors of scholarly journals.

Finally, our joyful fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church lies behind our expansive academic vision. To be "Catholic" means being universal: open to all true things, and committed to bringing the good news to every aspect of our world. Students at Ave Maria will receive the tools and education to be the next generation of leaders as businessmen, politicians, lawyers, scientists, priests, educators, doctors, dramatists, homemakers, and the list goes on.

Come and be part of the development of a great university in the Catholic tradition for the 21st century and beyond.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Michael A. Dauphinais, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty

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