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Ave Maria University to Host Workshop on Aristotle

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A two-day Aristotle workshop will be held at Ave Maria University this weekend. Called the “Aristotle Workshop: Courage and Moderation in the Nicomachean Ethics” is sponsored by the AMU Philosophy Department and its chair, Dr. Michael Pakaluk. It begins Friday with “The Virtue of Courage in the Nicomachean Ethics.” On Saturday, “The Virtue of Moderation in the Nicomachean Ethics,” will be presented. The event is an international conference composed of leading scholars. 

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Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall Opens March 19

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall, the only public display in the United States of Mother Teresa’s life story and artifacts will open its doors March 19. During the academic year at Ave Maria University, the hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 p.m.


Visit motherteresaproject.org for more information.

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Ave Maria University to Build Performing Arts Center

Monday, February 17, 2014

Longtime Naples Phil CEO Myra Daniels to Chair Campaign

AVE MARIA, FL (February 17, 2014) – Ave Maria University is proud to announce that it will build a 1,250-seat performing arts center on its campus, an addition that will give students a much-needed venue to practice and master their talents and further study the arts.


Myra Janco Daniels, founder and longtime CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples) and the Naples Museum of Art will chair the project.

The $10 million performing arts center will feature a thrust stage extending into the audience and also house classrooms, a multi-media studio, office space, practice rooms and an art gallery. Its location will give AMU students the opportunity to experience the arts within a short walk on campus. In addition, the University will now have a first-class venue to host both internal and external events such as graduation and conferences.

“We have started a new era,” said AMU President Jim Towey. “Our founder, Tom Monaghan, had a great interest in the arts and planted the seeds. More and more of our students, coming from all over the world, are interested in the arts and this new performing arts center will fill that need.”

Not only does AMU expect the new center to draw students from around the world who are interested in the arts, but also to attract top-flight faculty members to teach at the University.

The University is raising money now for the building of the center, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

Renowned architect Gene Aubrey, whose work includes the Philharmonic Center Cultural Complex in Naples as well as the Wortham Theater Center and the Rothko Chapel, both in Houston, Texas, will design the center.

Detailed plans for the center will be released at the AMU Third Annual Scholarship Dinner on Thursday at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Media availability with President Towey and Myra Daniels will be at 6:15 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton.For more information on the Dinner, please call Brigid O’Malley, Director of Communications at 239-304-7009.

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"Affordable Care Act Is A Violation Of Religious Liberty" by President Jim Towey

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The White House is granting yet another reprieve for employers who might otherwise be subject to fines for failing to comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Now, in addition to small employers and those whose plans are "grandfathered" (which number in the thousands), medium-size businesses have more time to apply the new health insurance regulations to their operations.

But the owners of the Hobby Lobby retail chain, David and Barbara Green, get no such relief. While the Obama administration has exempted multitudes of employers from the new regulations for administrative reasons, it has refused to acknowledge the deeply held religious convictions that bar the Greens from complying with one of the bill's mandates — the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate...Read More

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Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference at AMU

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ex Corde Ecclesiae Conference

Ave Maria University

February 6-7, 2014


Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM

Prof. Russell Hittinger:

“Catholic Discourses and Natural Law:

the Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger”

 

Friday, February 7, 12:00 PM

Prof. Stephen Barr

“Natural Science and Catholicism”

 

Friday, February 7, 5:00 PM

Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC:


This Conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of Ave Maria University in Florida, founded in fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.  The seal of the University is inscribed with this title of Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution.  It begins: “Born from the heart of the Church, a Catholic University is within a tradition traced back to the very origin of the University as an institution.”  He then quotes Pope Alexander IV’s letter to the University of Paris in April of 1255, exhorting them to a common love of learning and joy in the truth.

The first lecture is by Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa.  Ex Corde Ecclesiae repeatedly calls for the development of sound moral judgments and actions by all involved in a Catholic University (#5, 7, 18, 20, etc).  Fundamental to such moral education is the Catholic tradition of the natural law.  Therefore the opening lecture of the Conference is on “Catholic Discourses and Natural Law: The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger.”  

Another theme of the Apostolic Constitution is the importance of doing the sciences in accord with the common good (# 7, 16-18, 29-31, etc.).  Thus the second lecture is by Stephen Barr, the Professor of Theoretical Physics and Cosmology in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware.  He will lecture on “Natural Science and Catholicism”.  

A Catholic University should also encourage learning to promote social justice and service “especially to the poor" (# 34, 4, 32, 40, Norm 7, 2).  The third lecture is by Fr. Brian Kolodiejchuk, M.C., the promoter of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, who will speak on “Mother Teresa: A Rich Resource for Contemporary Theology.”  

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Aquinas Lecture Set for Friday at Ave Maria University

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The annual Aquinas Lecture will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31 in the Demetree Auditorium on the campus of Ave Maria University. 

Professor Ed Feser of Pasadena City College will speak on "The Scholastic Principle of Causality and the Rationalist Principle of Sufficient Reason.”

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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President Towey Live-Blogs at 2014 March for Life

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AMU President Jim Towey live-tweeted and blogged at the 2014 March for Life. He marched along side nearly 100 AMU students, staff, and alumni. President Towey's updates can be found on his blog or on AMU's Twitter account.

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“Faith, the White House, and the Public Square,” Featuring AMU President Jim Towey

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Every director of the White House Faith-Based Offices since President Bush created the office in 2001, including AMU's President Jim Towey appeared together in the Fall of 2013. They spoke in order of their service about the work of the White House on faith and the public square. Then they held a panel discussion and responded to questions from members of the audience. 

“Faith, the White House, and the Public Square” was held in the McCord Auditorium of Southern Methodist University.


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AMU Conference examines Business Education and Catholic social teaching

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

During January 2-4, more than 30 scholars from 14 universities came to Ave Maria for the “Mission-Driven Business Education” seminar to talk about integrating the Catholic faith and the Catholic intellectual tradition into the teaching of marketing, management, accounting, finance, economics, and business ethics.  Michael Naughton (of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas), Gabriel Martinez (Chair of the Business Department at Ave Maria University), and Henry Amoroso (of the Micah Center at Seton Hall University) were the seminar organizers.

 “Through the questions we raise, through the topics we choose, through the answers we give, we can give our students and our colleagues a sense of the meaning and fulfillment we have found as Christians and as Catholics,” said Dr. Martinez.  “The Catholic tradition gives us a different perspective and a unique impetus to study finance, economics, marketing, accounting, management, and business ethics, which makes our classroom and research occasions for – appropriate, respectful, opportune – evangelization.”

The seminar, which focused on the uniquely Catholic dimensions of business education, lasted two and a half days, with formal presentations and informal discussions.  In their presentations, the participants laid out their understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition and of Catholic social teaching.  Then they connected these ideas with the specific pedagogical strategies that they use to help students make relevant connections.  Other scholars responded by highlighting what they thought was most relevant, thus starting a discussion among the whole group.

All participants wrote background papers on their ideas of the integration of Catholic teaching with their disciplines.  They also provided specific teaching notes and syllabi, which will be made publicly available to the worldwide academic community, with the aim of helping business professors in any university who want to bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to their own students.

Together with a very favorable impression of Ave Maria, the participants (from Notre Dame, Pepperdine, St. Thomas, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s, Dayton, Catholic University of America, Loras, St. Norbert’s, Lexington, Le Moyne, St. Francis, and Ave Maria) left with strong bonds and with plans for future collaboration and extensions of their work into the world of business.

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"What the Pope meant to say," by William McGurn, AMU Trustee

Sunday, January 5, 2014

By William McGurn

January 3, 2014

‘It’s official: Pope has not abolished sin, says Vatican.”

Well thank you, Reuters.

The wire-service scoop on sin comes on the heels of other news flashes about Pope Francis. For example, when Time named the pope a contender for “Person of the Year,” it said it did so because of his “rejection of church dogma.”

In a similar manner The Daily Mail, under an AP byline, hailed Pope Francis’ pro-life plea to Catholic doctors as a “bizarre U-turn” in his position on abortion.

And The New York Times summed up an interview of Pope Francis with the headline, “Pope Says Church Is ‘Obsessed’ with Gays, Abortion, and Birth Control.”

Oops. The pope did say that last one. Or at least something close.

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