The mission of the Mother Teresa Museum is to educate the visitors about the life and legacy of Mother Teresa and inspire them to make her spirit of love and service a part of their lives.
The Mother Teresa Museum opened in a temporary location on April 2, 2014, commemorating the ninth anniversary of the death of Pope Saint John Paul II, a close friend of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In January of 2019 the Mother Teresa Museum moved into its current location in the Thomas and Selby Prince Building. Sister Mary Prema Pierick, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, was there for the inaugural opening. Other distinguished visitors include Vice President Mike Pence and his staff who visited the museum during their campus visit in March of 2019.
The Mother Teresa Museum at Ave Maria University offers students, tourists, pilgrims and locals 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, in both English and Spanish tell the story of Mother Teresa’s life. These panels are identical to those used by the Missionaries of Charity in their exhibit in Calcutta. Items for public viewing include handwritten letters by Mother Teresa, a crucifix from her own rosary, stunningly beautiful photographs, original publications from her state funeral in India, and the Beatification and Canonization ceremonies at the Vatican, as well as other priceless items.