S: Ave Maria University
BC: Ave Maria University 5050 Ave Maria Blvd Ave Maria, FL 34142 239-280-2500 www.avemaria.edu
2: Founded in fidelity to Christ and His Church in response to the call of Vatican II for greater lay witness in contemporary society, Ave Maria University exists to further teaching, research, and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the abiding tradition of Catholic thought in both national and international settings. The University takes as its mission the sponsorship of a liberal arts education curriculum dedicated, as articulated in the apostolic constitution Ex Corde Ecclesiae, to the advancement of human culture, the promotion of dialogue between faith and reason, the formation of men and women in the intellectual and moral virtues of the Catholic faith, and to the development of professional and pre-professional programs in response to local and societal needs. As an institution committed to Catholic principles, the University recognizes the importance of creating and maintaining an environment in which faith informs the life of the community and takes expression in all its programs. | Ave Maria University Mission
3: By the time Mr. Monaghan began his dream, it was evident that higher education needed a fresh, faithful voice. It can well be argued that, if for no other reason, a Catholic university is essential to the transmittal of the faith to successive generations. "Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it." —Proverbs 22:5-7 The role Ave Maria University intends to fill is not merely catechesis (although that has been woefully deficient in other institutions), but rather the ongoing reflection of theologians and philosophers on the integration of the truths of the faith with the social, cultural, economic, and political developments in society. This is perhaps the single most vital task for Catholic academicians: to explicate the truths of the faith, and measure against them the evolving societal propositions or practices in politics, the arts, the economy, etc. Two hundred or more years ago, those practices included slavery, laissez faire capitalism, and child labor. Fifty or more years ago, they included Marxism, Nazism, and Freudianism. Today they include abortion, fetal research, cloning, same-sex "marriage," moral relativism, and world terrorism. It is the graduates of Ave Maria University who will become the Catholic intellectuals needed to bring the truths of the faith to bear on these issues. In August 2003, Ave Maria University opened the doors of its interim campus in The Vineyards in Naples, Florida, for its first academic year. One hundred undergraduate students, 75 of whom were freshmen, from 32 states began their studies with the new venture that first year. The exciting news is that the number of students has more than tripled for the second academic year. This past August, 2004, Ave Maria University welcomed more than 310 students from 41 states and 10 countries, including Zimbabwe, as well as some 40 faculty, most with earned Doctorates, attracted from such prestigious institutions as Princeton and Boston College. This is our "History in The Making." Thanks be to God. | The United States leads the world in higher education, with more than 4,000 institutions of the most diverse kind—State, private, secular, and religious. The Catholic Church in America came late to the table in establishing colleges and universities, but by 1960 there were some 230 institutions, mainly founded by religious orders. Since then, the total number has hardly changed. The growth of older Catholic colleges and universities has often been accompanied by a degree of secularization. In a number of these institutions, the Catholic identity has become quite attenuated, with many (and in some cases most) of the faculty non-Catholic or hostile to the Church. In the 40 plus years since the beginning of the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic population has increased by some 50 percent. Much of that growth has occurred outside the traditional Catholic enclaves in the cities of the northeast and midwest, as Catholics followed the burgeoning economies of the southeast and the west. Yet the religious orders, many suffering a drastic fall-off in vocations, did not respond to these demographic changes with new institutions in areas of growing Catholic population. Indeed, the last Catholic institution inaugurated as a university was in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1963. | Ave Maria University began as Thomas S. Monaghan’s dream to build an institution of Catholic higher education that would be faithful to the Magisterium and could produce the future faithful educators, leaders, and mentors that our challenged society needs. Through his initial financial donation of $250 million, in partnership with a generous donation of land from the Barron Collier Family in Southwest Florida, the dream began to take shape.
4: Ave Maria College Ypsilanti, Michigan
6: Ave Maria University Latin American Campus
8: Ave Maria University Interim Campus Naples, Florida
10: The Beginning of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida 2004
12: Paul M. Henkels Academic Building
13: Ave Maria University Receives Five-Million-Dollar Donation in Memory of Former Chairman of the Board | The program provides companies with a 90 percent tax credit on any donation made to a non-profit scholarship fund that gives parents of disadvantaged children more choices of schools for their children. Along with his wife, Barbara, Henkels also co-founded two classical Catholic grammar schools, Regina Coeli Academy and Regina Angelorum Academy, offering Pre-K through eighth grade classes. The schools are rooted in a liberal arts course of study in a wholesome and rigorous academic environment and employ Catholic faculty who integrate the Magisterial teaching and tradition of the Catholic Church throughout the curriculum. In addition to serving on AMU's Board of Trustees, Henkels served on a number of other educational and philanthropic boards and was an active member of Legatus, The Papal Foundation and the Arts and Letters Advisory Council of Notre Dame University. In 1958, as a young 26 year-old businessman, Henkels created the Henkels Foundation and immediately began pledging one-third of his salary to the organization - a practice he continued throughout his career. The philanthropic efforts of the foundation were, and continue to be numerous, but they do not encompass the entire breadth of Henkels' societal work. Henkels was also a humanitarian and defendant of civil justice. In a time when equal wages for all races was not the norm, Henkels arbitrated with a southern union to ensure that all employees, both black and white, would receive equal working wages if employed at the same position. Henkels also worked closely with Monaghan in the development of Legatus (Latin for "ambassador"), which is an international organization of Catholic CEOs and presidents committed to studying, living and spreading their faith through their professional and personal lives. When Monaghan founded Legatus, Henkels was a catalyst for the Philadelphia Chapter and became a key member of its National Board and helped form the organization during its early years. Henkels' honors include: the Coggeshall Award of the National Electric Contractors Association for his work in labor relations and codes and standards; Sourin Award from the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute; Hogan Award from St. Joseph's University; the Award for Excellence from the Commission for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania; and the Barry Award from the National Catholic Historical Society. AMU has had the special privilege of having close connections with Henkels. He served as a trustee since the university's inception and as Chairman of the Board from August 2006 to his passing in January 2009. A quote by Henkels' son from a January 19, 2009, article in Philadelphia's The Bulletin characterized Henkels devotion to his faith, which is at the heart of AMU's mission. "He didn't practice what he preached," Henkels' son, Paul, Jr., said. "He practiced what the Lord preached." The Paul M. Henkels Academic Building will be officially dedicated at a ceremony in February 2010. | AVE MARIA, Fla. - (December 4, 2009) - Ave Maria University (AMU) Chancellor, Thomas S. Monaghan, announced today that the university has received a five-million-dollar gift from the Henkels Foundation. The gift is being made in honor of the late Paul M. Henkels, former AMU Chairman of the Board. In recognition of the gift, the university will name its academic building the "Paul M. Henkels Academic Building." "We are deeply honored and humbled by the generosity of the Henkels Foundation," Monaghan said. "We are deeply honored and humbled by the generosity of the Henkels Foundation," Monaghan said. | "Paul was a stalwart leader among Catholic laity in the United States for decades. His activity, generosity and leadership not only at Ave Maria University, but for Catholic education and many Catholic causes, were instrumental and will be missed. Naming our principal classroom facility the Paul M. Henkels Academic Building is a fitting tribute to such a great man, and we are extremely thankful to the Henkels Foundation for donating the funds to make this happen." AMU President, Nicholas J. Healy, noted that academics, especially the liberal arts, were of the highest priority for Henkels. "It is fitting that our academic building is named after someone so dedicated to authentic education at all levels," Healy said. Henkels' passion and devotion to education at all levels was manifested throughout his life's work. Though his business prowess as CEO of Henkels & McCoy, Inc., helped grow the Pennsylvania company into a billion-dollar global engineering and construction firm, his true calling was working to further and enhance education. One of Henkels' greatest achievements was being the co-founder of REACH Alliance (Road to Educational Achievement through Choice), an organization that worked to offer more choices of schools for students in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation. Through REACH, Henkels was largely responsible for the creation and implementation of Pennsylvania's Educational and Improvement Tax Credit (EITC).
16: Canizaro Library
17: Artist Rendering
18: Artist Rendering | Canizaro Library | Ave Maria University's Canizaro Library is a miracle. With over 250,000 volumes it is already superior, in both the size of the collection and in its astonishing quality, to the following libraries combined: Steubenville (Ohio), Christendom (Virginia), Thomas Aquinas (California), Magdalen (New Hampshire), Wyoming Catholic College, and Southern Catholic College (Georgia). In short, Ave Maria is a Catholic University with a university library, not just another smallish but orthodox Catholic college. Its library therefore reflects Ave Maria's present status and its potential future. That so much has been accomplished in so little time is breathtaking. | Anyone intimately acquainted with major university library collections will see at once that while not (yet) a Georgetown or a Notre Dame, the initial library holdings at Ave Maria are the foundation of a potentially world-class university library. The initial rare and antiquarian book collection is awe-inspiring: thousands of truly significant intellectual milestones in superb physical condition ranging from several incunabula (books printed before the year 1501) to academic titles published in the early 1800s. The second “special collection” is devoted to John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and his life and times. This collection includes virtually all of Newman's works in their first editions, many inscribed in Newman's hand, as well as a small but important archive of “Newman family correspondence” which includes eleven original letters of Newman in his hand (including a letter to his father from the year 1812, when Newman was twelve years old). This archive includes fourteen original letters written by his brother Francis as well as correspondence from his sister Jemima. The third “special collection” to which special attention must be paid is that of the great 20th century German theologian Romano Guardini. The highlight of the Guardini Collection is a complete set of the original typescripts, with annotations and corrections by Guardini, of his lectures at the University of Berlin in the 1930s, together with a complete collection of all his books published starting in the year 1909.
19: Tom Loome is the principal “architect” of the Canizaro Library's superb collection. Beginning in 1998, when Tom Monaghan first asked Loome for help in starting a library for Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan, Loome has guided and overseen the acquisition of more than 200,000 volumes. Among the exceptional books of academic interest are the “Americana Collection” books and magazines dealing with the history of the Catholic Church in America. So complete is this that it rivals the comparable collection in the largest and best known Catholic universities in the United States. Loome has dedicated his unmatched experience and knowledge to create for Ave Maria University one of the finest academic libraries in the world. | Loome Booksellers | Mr. Tom Loome | Ave Maria University's new library, located on its permanent campus in Ave Maria, Fla., is called the ‘Canizaro Library.' The name Canizaro is in recognition of the generous gift made by Joseph and Sue Ellen Canizaro of New Orleans, Louisiana. The Canizaro Library is a three-story, 95,000 square foot facility that will house the university's 200,000 volume collection. Currently the third floor of the Library houses administration offices -- until an administrative building is built. Upon completion of the administrative building, the library will have the capacity to accommodate more than 400,000 volumes. The Canizaro Library can seat 400 users simultaneously. The building's benefactor, Joseph Canizaro, is president and CEO of Columbus Properties, L.P., a commercial real estate development company which he founded and is headquartered in New Orleans. He founded and currently co-chairs the Committee for a Better New Orleans, which is a group of more than 100 community and business activists and leaders that address and develop proposals for improving various aspects of the New Orleans community. Canizaro is also president and founder of the New Orleans chapter of Legatus, an international organization of practicing Catholic CEOs, as well as a member and secretary of the National Legatus Board of Directors. He also serves the Archbishop of New Orleans as a member of the Archdiocese Finance Council. | Mr. Joseph Canizaro
22: Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel
23: Building the Adoration Chapel
25: Dedication of the Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel July 15, 2009 | The procession from Ave Maria Oratory to the new Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel
26: Mr. Monaghan speaking at the dedication | Fr. Garrity incenses the Blessed Sacrament
27: Perpetual Adoration Begins in Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel at Ave Maria AVE MARIA, Fla. (July 15, 2009) – The Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel was officially opened, blessed and dedicated at a brief ceremony following today's noon Mass at Ave Maria Oratory. Located in the east wing of AMU's Canizaro Library and immediately across Ave Maria Boulevard from the Oratory, the Martha J. Burke Adoration Chapel will provide 24 hour-a-day access for Eucharistic adoration. "For Catholics, Eucharistic adoration is the act of praying before the Blessed Sacrament." said Fr. Robert Garrity, director of campus ministry for AMU. "We are extremely grateful to the donor for contributing the funds necessary to create this beautiful chapel and providing a place of prayer and meditation for members of AMU and the surrounding community." During his homily, Fr. Garrity thanked the benefactor for their contribution to the physical structure; AMU Chancellor Thomas Monaghan for his continual encouragement, Bishop Frank Dewane for his approval and Fr. Robert Tatman, Administrator of the Quasi-parish of Ave Maria Oratory, for his support. Today beings the Feast of St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Fr. Garrity remarked on several role models who held strong commitments to Eucharistic Adoration, including St. Bonaventure and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. | The procession from the Oratory to the new chapel included members of the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard and approximately 200 lay faithful including residents of Ave Maria, AMU students and staff and visitors to the town. After a simple ceremony inside the chapel, Fr. Garrity and Chancellor Monaghan offered brief comments and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held. Chancellor Monaghan remarked on the decision to begin the practice of Perpetual Adoration prior to the return of students for the Fall semester. Perpetual Adoration is a Eucharistic devotion whereby members of a community unite in committing to time periods of adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament both during the day and throughout the night, seven days a week. Monaghan has been promoting the idea since Ave Maria University first came to Naples in 2002 and wanted to start as soon as possible. Despite the absence of most students during Summer break, the Office of Campus Ministry was able to fill the 168 one-hour time slots. Fr. Garrity filled the first time slot. | About the Chapel's Name-Sake: Martha Ann Jones Burke was born April 25, 1930 in Memphis, TN. She married Robert Burke also of Memphis in 1949; they were married for 45 years. Mrs. Burke converted to Catholicism when she got married, having been raised a Presbyterian. They have six children, one boy and five girls, 14 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Her family moved to Jackson, MS in 1964, where she eschewed a career outside the home; her devotion to her faith and family has always been her foremost concerns. Mrs. Burke remains a daily communicant, adorer and Eucharistic minister at her local parish of St. Richard Catholic Church in Jackson, MS. | The Ribbon Cutting included Fr. Garrity, Fr. Robert Tatman, Chancellor Monaghan, AMU Director of Marketing Forrest Wallace and AMU Student Government President Jeremiah Belocura
28: Bob Thomas Student Union | Artist Rendering
29: Student Union Building Named in Recognition of $5 Million Gift December 11, 2008 Angelus News Campus Center Named in Honor of Former Chairman of the Board, the late Robert Thomas. The Student Union Building on Ave Maria University's (AMU) campus has been named the "Bob Thomas Student Union" in honor of former chairman of the board, Robert (Bob) Thomas, in recognition of his family's gifts to the university in excess of $5 million. Following a Noon memorial Mass in the Oratory on December 11, 2008, members of the Thomas family joined representatives from AMU for a small dedication ceremony and unveiling of the new building signage. The Bob Thomas Student Union is the second building on campus to be named, joining the Canizaro Library, which was named in August 2007 in recognition of a $5 million gift by Joseph and Sue Ellen Canizaro. Thomas received an honorary doctorate from the university shortly before passing away in 2007. He was instrumental in the university's development, succeeding founding chairman, Thomas S. Monaghan, in 2004, and serving as chair through 2006. | Mr. Thomas had also held the positions of trustee at Franciscan University of Steubenville and chairman of the board of trustees at the University of Tampa. Aside from his involvement in education, Thomas was an accomplished businessman with an extensive history in agricultural facilities, industrial facilities and Port of Tampa development. Thomas was known for his generosity and commitment to his Catholic faith. He founded the Joshua House, a shelter for abused and abandoned children in Hillsborough County. In addition to serving as chairman of the board of trustees at Ave Maria University, he was also a supporter of Jesuit High School, St. Joseph's Hospital, Metropolitan Ministries, Children's Home Society of Florida, Diving Providence Food Bank and New Life Dwelling Place. For ten years Thomas also produced a radio program, "Appreciating the Bible," on WBVM-FM in Tampa, Fla. "This is a fitting memorial to one of the most dedicated and generous Catholic layman in the United States," said AMU President, Nicholas J. Healy, a long-time friend of Thomas. The newly named Bob Thomas Student Union is the heart of Ave Maria University's campus life. It houses not only the central dining rooms and kitchen, but also a game room, chapel, multi-purpose rooms and student organization offices. The 64,833 square foot building features a two-story atrium as the central entry, which serves as a place of casual social interaction for the entire university community. † | Fr. Garrity, Campus Minister, Blessing the building. | Family Members with Fr. Garrity, Campus Minister.
32: Residence Hall | Artist Rendering
36: Quasi-Parish of Ave Maria Oratory
42: The Crucifix of the Ave Maria Oratory
45: Crucifix Installed in Ave Maria Oratory: Commissioned Artwork by Timothy Schmalz March 3, 2009 Angelus News Passing through the Ave Maria Oratory doors with only one-sixteenth of an inch clearance, the Church's Crucifix has now been installed above the altar as a permanent fixture of the Oratory. The Corpus - body of Jesus Christ - and the cross were delivered to Ave Maria, Fla., on February 15, 2009 and installed throughout the week. In Catholicism, a Crucifix (stemming from the Latin cruci fixus, meaning "fixed to a cross") is the representation of Christ's death, which Catholics (and other Christians) hold as the redemptive act of salvation for all humankind. The astonishing corpus of the Crucifix is 12-feet 7-inches tall and was created from 1,400 pounds of bronze and casted at a foundry in Bangkok, Thailand. The sculpture has a stainless steel frame for strength. Artist Timothy Schmalz spent approximately 10 months sculpting a clay mold of the Corpus and worked closely with a live model to ensure the accuracy of the human form for Christ's body. "Christian sculpture acts for many as a gateway into the Gospels and the viewer's own spirituality," Schmalz said. "After looking at an interesting piece of art, the viewer is curious, thinking, ‘who is this man on a cross and why does he suffer?' The more powerful the representation of the art, the more powerful the questions become. I see my purpose as an artist as being one of creating art that has the power to convert and create sculpture that deepens spirituality." | When added to the solid oak cross, the entire Crucifix structure weighs more than two tons and stands 23-feet 8-inches tall. Because the Crucifix is such a large piece, it was necessary to create the Corpus and cross separately, and then assemble them once inside the Oratory walls. Even so, the Corpus itself cleared the entry way of the Oratory by only one-sixteenth of an inch and required a special cradle to be built to navigate through the inner doors of the building. The cradle allowed for the Corpus to be simultaneously rotated and moved forward throughout the Church. The cross portion of the crucifix was built with removable steel arms, which were welded together once inside the Oratory, but before the Corpus was attached. Two high-strength steel bolts secure the Crucifix to the structural steel frame of the Oratory. Funding for the Crucifix was provided through a generous gift from Glory and Thomas Sullivan, avid supporters of AMU; Glory is a member of the University's Board of Trustees. Both Glory and Thomas have had distinguished careers, raised three children and are the proud grandparents of seven. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have been married for 45 years and now reside In Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, but still visit Potomac, Maryland on a regular basis.
46: Personally, I think the crucifix is pretty awesome…It helps you focus on the sacrifice that occurs during the Mass. Praise God that we now have a crucifix in the Oratory. (Will Guarno) The Crucifix is, as the students say, AWESOME! (Fr. Robert Garrity) It's big…really big. (Ryan Hawkes) I’m inspired… I’m feeling the power! (Bryan Mehaffey) | Have you found the new Crucifix to be beautiful or uplifting or inspiring? | To have the Crucifix…as a place for focus and meditation has made this Lent so much more meaningful. To imagine the extreme suffering of our Lord who in such compassion chose the Cross to blot out my offense – I am truly moved by grace to conversion and penance, true worship and devotion. I am so grateful for the beauty of the new Crucifix. (Dr. Carole Carpenter) Our Lord looks very powerful, like a Nordic knight, ready to do spiritual battle to win souls. (Sister Gertrude Gillette, OSB) | That crucifix inspires me to hit the gym harder. Jesus is a Rock! (Dan Dentino) Very nice… It really enhances the Oratory. (Joe Trabbic) I find myself looking at the Crucifix…[when] I’m in there. The Crucifix is the crown jewel of the Oratory, just as the Oratory is that of the campus. (Alex Blais) I love everything about it…very elegant…very rich and warm looking… The Body of Jesus is very realistic… It depicts the suffering very well. (Sue Aceto)
48: Organ Exhibition March 25, 2009 Angelus News Hundreds of people gathered in the Oratory for an exhibition, featuring the newly installed state of the art Ave Maria Oratory organ. The four-manual, virtual pipe organ was designed by Cameron Carpenter especially for AMU and was constructed by the world renowned company, Marshall and Ogletree. While the donor of this incredible instrument requested to remain anonymous, the organ was donated in memory of Henry Rees LaBar because of his great love for music and the contributions his love of music made to his family and faith community.
49: Mr. & Mrs. Peter Striano and Mr. Monaghan lighting the exterior of the Oratory | Lighting of the Ave Maria Oratory March 25, 2009 Angelus News The day's final event was a breathtaking lighting ceremony for the exterior of the Oratory. Unity International Group Owner and CEO, Peter J. Striano, donated all of the materials and labor that would provide for the beautiful illumination of the Oratory on all four sides. Striano, who resides in New York and Naples, was present for the Lighting of the Oratory Ceremony. Striano noted, “The opportunity to employ the latest lighting technologies to exult in the Church's mission as the Light of the World, is an honor both personally and professionally.” Unity's portfolio includes extensive experience in delivering complex lighting and electrical installations at world-renowned landmarks. Unity's recent projects include: Yankee Stadium; JFK Airport's JetBlue Terminal; The Hearst Building; and The Museum of Modern Art.
50: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the twelve apostles stand symbolically above the main doors of the Oratory.
51: St. Andrew | St. James the Lesser | St. John | St. Phillip | St. Bartholomew | St. Thomas | St. Matthew | St. James the Greater | St. Jude | St. Simon | St. Matthias | St. Peter
53: Feast of the Annunciation 2010
54: This digitally-enhanced image of the Oratory shows what the Annunciation bas relief will look like when it, as well as the angels on the side of the Oratory, are completed. | Sculpting the Annunciation Relief
55: First Strike Made in Marble Annunciation Sculpture March 3, 2009 Angelus news Michelangelo's Pieta and David are perhaps the most sacred Catholic sculptures ever created. Marble sculptures have been an integral part of Catholic artistry for centuries, and sculptures such as these have gained acclaim as some of the world's most revered symbols of beauty. Today, Ave Maria University (AMU) and Ave Maria Foundation for the Arts (AMFA) embarked on what they hope will someday echo the beauty of these classic sculptures, as the first strike was made from a block of marble that will adorn the facade of the Ave Maria Oratory, depicting the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. Márton Váró, a world-renowned Hungarian sculptor born in Transylvania (now Romania), has been commissioned by AMFA to create the massive bas-relief sculpture that will be placed on the Western-facing facade of the Oratory, above the church's main entrance. AMU Chancellor Thomas S. Monaghan remarked that the first strike is the culmination of years of planning and visualizing the Oratory in its final state. "In the early stages of development, before the Oratory's structure had even been completed," Monaghan said, "it was envisioned that the primary facade would have some rendition of the Annunciation to honor the university's namesake, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the occasion when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that, with her consent, she would give birth to Jesus. Today is a momentous occasion, as that vision begins to take shape." AMFA is an organization formed to support the development, creation, installation and appreciation of the arts at AMU and in the surrounding town of Ave Maria, Fla. In 2007 AMU issued a selective request for proposals to artists who might be interested in sculpting the Annunciation relief. After an extensive review process, Váró was selected to create the relief. "Márton was chosen to create this work for many reasons," said Nicholas J. Healy, AMU president. "His submission was beautiful, and his reputation and experience are virtually unmatched. His talent for working with marble, and the fact that he does not employ any assistants but rather completes the work alone, is remarkable. | The University, along with everyone at the Ave Maria Foundation for the Arts, is eagerly looking forward to watching the relief emerge from these blocks of marble, and it will certainly be a beautiful homage to the Blessed Mother." The marble for the Annunciation relief was extracted from the marble quarries in Carrara, Italy called "Cave Michelangelo." It is from this same quarry where Michelangelo found the marble he used when creating the Pieta and the David, and it is also the primary quarry for all Vatican-commissioned sculptures. Váró personally and carefully chose all the marble for the Annunciation project to ensure it was of the highest quality and would yield a visually seamless integration when assembled on the front of the Oratory. "In total, the Annunciation scene will be composed of 19 separate marble blocks," Váró said. "Fifteen of these blocks will be sculpted, and four smaller slabs at the base of the relief will be used to post names of those who donate to its creation. All the blocks will be installed sequentially from the apex of the facade to the base, with as little as a few millimeters of space between each block." During the ceremony today, a one-fifth scale maquette (model) was also unveiled, and will serve as Váró 's primary blueprint and measurement tool when sculpting the actual relief scene. Upon its completion, the bas-relief sculpture of the Annunciation will be 35-feet high by 31-feet wide, weighing more than 50 tons. At its maximum depth, the hand of Mary will extend outward from the Oratory's exterior wall by almost three feet. The entire project will span approximately 18 months, with the majority of the sculpting taking place on AMU's campus green. An observation area has been created for visitors to watch Váró work on a daily basis. The total cost to create and install the relief is estimated to be approximately $3 million. | Márton Váró holding the 'First Chip'
56: Carrara marble has been used since the time of Ancient Rome; the Pantheon and Trajan's Column in Rome are constructed of it. Many sculptures of the Renaissance, such as Michelangelo's David, were carved from Carrara marble. For Michelangelo at least, Carrara marble was valued above all other stone. The Marble Arch in London and the Duomo di Siena are also made from this stone. | Márton Váró is an internationally recognized artist who combines the elements of classical Greek sensitivities with a distinctive modern approach. He is considered one of the premier stone sculptors of the modern era, perhaps best known for the two monumental 48-foot limestone angels gracing the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas. Váró works in the traditional method of carving directly into the stone or marble, which allows him complete control from conception to completion. Váró 's highly defined, figurative work demonstrates his eye for finely calculated formal relationships combined with a modern aesthetic. Váró 's sculptures are included in numerous museums and private collections worldwide, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the National Gallery in Budapest, the Central Finland Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Southern California and the University of California, Irvine. Váró was born in 1943 in Szekelyudvarely, Transylvania (now Romania). He attended the Ion Andreescu Institute of Fine Art in Cluj, Romania where he received classical art training. Although the school did not offer formal instruction in stone carving, he learned from craftsmen - carvers of tombstones and restorers of historic monuments. Váró 's style of sculpture stems from the Greek style of art prominent in the mid-fifth century B.C. and especially from the sculptures associated with the name of Phidias, the architect of the Parthenon. A major component of his sculptural output consists of draped female torsos and female figures, which are inspired by Greek sculptures of similar subjects. He has received an award from the Ladnyi Foundation in New York, as well as the Fulbright Scholarship from the University of California, Irvine and the Munkcsy Prize. | Carrara Marble | Márton Váró Biography
58: “Sports are not merely the exercise of muscles, but it is the school of moral values and of training in courage, in perseverance, and in overcoming laziness and carelessness. There is no doubt that these values are of greatest interest for the formation of a personality, which considers sports not an end in itself but as a means to total physical, moral and social development.” John Paul II (1984 Address to European Olympians in L.A.)
59: Intramural Sports Co-ed Volleyball Co-ed Soccer Co-ed Frisbee Flag Football Basketball Co-ed Dodgeball
60: Women's Sports Basketball Soccer Volleyball Golf Softball
61: Men's Sports Basketball Soccer Baseball Golf
62: Club Sports Tennis Rugby Swimming
64: Campus Life
68: Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria
69: First Floor | Second Floor
70: Ave Maria Grammar and Preparatory School is Renamed Rhodora J. Donahue Academy of Ave Maria March 1, 2009 Angelus News In a ceremony held today, symbolic keys to the K-12 school in Ave Maria were given to Mr. and Mrs. John F. and Rhodora J. Donahue. Members of the Donahue family, students, parents and K-12 faculty and staff gathered as the keys were presented to Mr. and Mrs. Donahue by students at the school. In recognition of the family's generous contribution, the school's name has been changed to "Rhodora J. Donahue Academy" of Ave Maria (RJDA). In 2004, the Donahues generously pledged $5 million to the capital campaign, initially to secure the naming rights for the sports and recreation facility. However, as planning for Phase I evolved, with the Donahues' permission, the funds were redirected toward other more eminent buildings. Ave Maria University Chancellor and Founder Thomas S. Monaghan approached the Donahues and asked if they would agree to allocate $3 million of their gift toward the naming rights of the rapidly growing grammar and preparatory school. The 30,000 square foot school is in its second year of operation. | At the ceremony, Headmaster Dr. Daniel P. Guernsey thanked the Donahues for their gift. "We have a dynamic mission which has attracted families from across the country and now has received the support of the Donahue family as well," Guernsey said. "It is an honor and very humbling to have such wonderful people as the Donahues support the school, sharing in the belief of an unwavering commitment to first class education in the Catholic tradition." Guernsey also expressed his hope for the future that others will step forward to meet the ongoing needs of the growing school. "We knew from the very beginning that we would need to find donors who believed in our mission and were willing to support that mission through prayers and financial gifts. We have an outstanding group of educators and we humbly look forward to future donations that will allow the school to continue to grow and flourish," he said. The school serves 162 students, grades K - 12 in 10 classrooms and a full gym. The school is in the midst of launching its Phase II expansion project to build-out its upper-level and add a new library, science lab and nine additional classrooms. The $1.1 million expansion project will double the school's capacity from 225 to 450 with hopes for completion in fall of 2010.
74: Graduating Class of 2009