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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.
Conducts an annual conference on marriage, family and the sanctity of life, and advocates for these priorities as Mother Teresa did during her earthly life.
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.
Tues - Fri 10am - 4pm
Sat & Sun 12pm - 4pm
During the Academic Year
Opening March 19th!
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.