Mother Teresa Project at Ave Maria University

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The Mother Teresa Project

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.

Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall





Monday - Closed

Tuesday – Friday
12pm – 4pm

Guided Tours (by Appointment Only)
10am – 12pm

November – April
12pm – 4pm

Opened April 2nd, 2014 in honor of Mother Teresa’s friend, Pope John Paul II, on the ninth anniversary of his entrance into heaven.

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. Over 30 panels that tell the story (in English and Spanish) of Mother Teresa’s life are featured. These panels are identical to those used by the Missionaries of Charity in their exhibit in Calcutta. Items for public viewing also include handwritten letters by Mother Teresa, a crucifix from her own rosary, stunningly beautiful photographs, original publications from her State funeral in India and Beatification ceremony at the Vatican, and other items.

Myra Daniels, nationally-renowned founder of the Naples Philharmonic Hall, and world-class architect Gene Aubry collaborated in the design of the Exhibition Hall to create a space that is simple – and simply beautiful. The state-of-the- art technology of the museum provides visitors the opportunity to view actual footage of Mother Teresa and hear stories about her from some of her closest friends. Oral histories like these make Mother Teresa present to Exhibition Hall guests in a very special way.

All tour buses must call for a reservation to visit the Exhibition Hall.