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Educates students on the life and unique spirituality of Mother Teresa through a program of study that immerses them in her life and writings.
Engages students in the service of the farmworker community in neighboring Immokalee and throughout the area, especially children in need of mentoring and older residents longing for companionship.
Responds to the call of Pope Francis to the laity to reach out with love to those who suffer and be part of the New Evangelization of the 21st century.
Sponsors an annual conference hosted by the Stein Center for Social Research at Ave Maria University exploring issues at the heart of human flourishing.
What is the Mother Teresa Project?
Ave Maria University is becoming the epicenter of devotion to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in Catholic higher education and throughout the Americas.
In 2013, the religious order Mother Teresa founded in Calcutta, the Missionaries of Charity, granted the University official permission to establish the “Mother Teresa Project at Ave Maria University,” the first-of- its-kind in the world . No college campus in America has a program of study and service which honors this Nobel Peace Prize winner whom many believe was the most beloved individual of the 20th century.
At a time when the world is rife with violence and riven with division among the world’s religions, the goal of the Mother Teresa Project is to produce graduates of Ave Maria University who will spread her compassion and teachings to a new generation of Americans who know little about this saintly woman, and in the process, spread peace in the same manner as she did – one person at a time.
Demonstrating love through service, our students have many opportunities both locally and abroad, through our mission trips, to be Christ to those in need. Some of the local agencies we support with volunteer hours:
Ave Maria University offers students, tourists, pilgrims and area residents the opportunity to learn more about “the saint of the gutters” in a 3,000 square foot space showcasing displays of her life and memorabilia.
Museum hours follow the Academic Calendar of the University.
Weekend hours begin in November.
First Class Relic of Mother Teresa’s hair
Numerous Second Class Relics, including a section of Mother Teresa’s threadbare, mended sari
Students who wish to earn the designation “Mother Teresa Scholar” are invited to enroll in our Scholar Program. We offer a coordinated program of study and service which is designed to help students understand the interior life of Mother Teresa, and give them opportunities to serve.
What drove this woman to give of herself so heroically? What can she teach us about the thirsting love of Jesus?
See the Scholar page for upcoming formation opportunities.