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Ave Maria University Hosts Events to Honor Pope Benedict XVI

Ave Maria University is honoring Pope Benedict XVI through a series of events in recognition of the final days of his papacy. All campus activities are open to the public.

During the two days of celebration, Wednesday, Feb. 26, and Thursday, Feb.27, the University will host a daily Mass, student-organized panel discussion, a student service project to feed the hungry of Immokalee and a lecture by Dr. Michael Waldstein, a nationally-renowned scholar who has published extensively on Pope Benedict’s papacy.

The student service project pays tribute to his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, he explained the importance of service to others.

“Love is therefore the service that the Church carries out in order to attend constantly to man’s sufferings and his needs, including material needs,” Pope Benedict wrote.

Members of the public are invited to join the Ave Maria University community as it bids farewell to Pope Benedict and honors his legacy.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Masses of Thanksgiving: 7:30a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Oratory

Student-organized panel on The Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI and its Contributions to the Life of the Church: 5 p.m. in the Demetree Lecture Hall. Panelists include faculty members Dr. Michael Waldstein, the Rev. Matthew Lamb and Dr. Anthony Valle.

Eucharistic Holy Hour and Meditation, 7 p.m. in the Oratory

The University’s interim campus minister, Rev. Robert McTeigue, S.J. will preside.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Student Service Ministry: 11a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom

Students will be preparing meals for the needy in Immokalee.

Ave Maria University Board of Trustees Mass to Honor the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: 5 p.m., in the Oratory

The Rev. Robert McTeigue,S.J. will be the main celebrant of the Mass. 

Lecture: The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: 7:30 p.m. in the Demetree Lecture Hall.

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