Major Donors

Major Donors

The Canizaro Library wishes to recognize generous benefactors who have donated to the Canizaro Library.

Joseph and Sue Ellen Canizaro

Ave Maria University's new library, located on its permanent campus in Ave Maria, Fla., is called the ‘Canizaro Library.'  The name Canizaro is in recognition of the generous gift made by Joseph and Sue Ellen Canizaro of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Canizaro Library is a three-story, 95,000 square foot facility that houses the university's 220,000 volume collection.  Currently the third floor of the Library houses administration offices -- until an administrative building is built.  Upon completion of the administrative building, the library will have the capacity to accommodate more than 400,000 volumes.  The Canizaro Library can seat 400 users simultaneously.

The building's benefactor, Joseph Canizaro, is president and CEO of Columbus Properties, L.P., a commercial real estate development company which he founded and is headquartered in New Orleans.  He founded and currently co-chairs the Committee for a Better New Orleans, which is a group of more than 100 community and business activists and leaders that address and develop proposals for improving various aspects of the New Orleans community.

Canizaro is also president and founder of the New Orleans chapter of Legatus, an international organization of practicing Catholic CEOs, as well as a member and secretary of the National Legatus Board of Directors.  He also serves the Archbishop of New Orleans as a member of the Archdiocese Finance Council.

Carl F. Ellwanger

Carl F. Ellwanger is a retired attorney residing in Stuart, Florida. Over the last four years, he has personally ventured to Naples and Ave Maria a number of times to deliver his donations to the Ave Maria University Library. Not only has he given us nearly 2,000 books, most of them have been in mint condition regardless of their age. Thanks to Mr. Ellwanger, our World War II and American Civil War collections have swelled. In addition, we've also expanded into areas previously unrepresented, such as the history of the American West, railroads, and military aircraft, just to name a few.   Our DVD and video collection has benefited as well with the addition of several history sets including The Civil War by Ken Burns and The American Revolution set by A&E.

Fr. Matthew Lamb

Fr. Matthew Lamb has been among the most generous donors of scholarly books to the University Library. Father Lamb is Professor of Theology and Chairman of the Theology Department at the University.  He previously taught at Boston College, and before that at Marquette University. He holds the degrees of S.T.L. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and Dr.Theo. from the State University of Münster in Germany. Father's gifts number in the many thousands on a wide variety of topics that are of interest to both students and faculty, and has greatly increased the depth and the range of our theology collection.

Fr. Peter Milward, S. J.

Fr. Peter Milward, S.J. is a writer and university professor emeritus  living in Tokyo. He has written extensively on religious controversies of the Elizabethan and Jacobean age and on English literature, most notably on Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Shakespeare. He is president of the Hopkins Society of Japan, and his work Shakespeare the Papist is an important and thought-provoking contribution to the discussion of Shakespeare’s religion. His long residence in Japan (where he was ordained in 1960) and his wide travels have made him uniquely able to provide a bridge of understanding between East and West, and he has produced many essays and short works giving his impressions of Japan and interpreting Western culture and Christianity to Japanese readers. We are fortunate to be the recipients of a donation from Fr. Milward of a complete collection of these works of cultural interpretation published in Japan. They constitute a valuable new chapter in the long and honorable story of the Society of Jesus in Asia.

Michael Novak and Karen Laub Novak

Theologian, author, and former U.S. ambassador, Michael Novak currently holds the George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., where he is Director of Social and Political Studies. He has donated a very large collection of books - numbering in the thousands - to the Ave Maria University Library. Mr. Novak's collection covers a wide range of topics, including theology, government, armed conflict, business, human rights, and more. In addition, Mr. Novak has donated copies of many of his own writings to our collection. We are also fortunate to be the recipients of the late Karen Laub Novak's collection of art books, and we are especially grateful for the loan of Mrs. Novak's paintings which adorn the second floor Library lobby.

Daniel Pastor

Daniel Pastor was a retired Air Force Major living in Vermont. He studied theology at the University of San Francisco and then spent some years as a teacher in Idaho. His military life was spent all over the world: Africa, Middle East, India, Turkey, Israel, Pakistan and Venice. For a number of years, he gifted the Library with a box of books almost daily. He donated a great and varied multitude of literature, psychology, archaeology, and history books. We were saddened to hear that Mr. Pastor passed away on March 29th, 2008.  May he rest peacefully in the eternal grace of God.

William Talbot

William Talbot retired as Editor-in-Chief of Samuel French, Inc., a publishing company that pioneered the concept of providing published plays and musical plays to theatrical producing groups throughout the world. Because of his unique career, he was able to amass a large assortment of plays and playbills which he generously donated to the Library. In addition to the extensive collection of Samuel French publications, his collection included numerous books on the theater, drama, and the performing arts that Mr. Talbot collected during his career teaching playwriting at Columbia, City College of New York, Hunter College and Double Image Theater. He wrote under the pen name William Francis and his play, Portrait of a Queen was produced on Broadway and London's West End. When he was alive, Mr. Talbot read over 100,000 plays and launched the careers of many new playwrights. He also saw almost every play that was produced in New York between 1960 and 2000. In addition to books related to the theater, his donation also included an array of literature and history.  We were saddened to hear of Mr. Talbot's passing in 2006.

Dr. John C. Willke

Dr. John C. Willke, president of Life Issues Institute, donated an extensive collection to the Ave Maria University Library. Not only has he donated over 1000 books, he also included a number of pamphlets, film strips, videos, audio cassettes, and other materials. The collection covers a wide array of topics, but focuses on marriage, relationships, and human sexuality from a Catholic perspective. With everything from teaching guides to graduate level texts, Dr. Willke's collection makes a wonderful addition to the Library.