Jim Towey, the president of Ave Maria University, recently announced that the institution received permission from the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta to launch the Mother Teresa Project, an initiative to promote awareness of her life and her service to the poor. He expressed that he believes people need to know and understand Mother Teresa’s spirituality, her faith and compassion now more than ever.
“Ave Maria University is privileged to now become the epicenter of devotion in academia to Mother Teresa,” Towey said.“This initiative will create a new generation of college students who will follow in Mother Teresa’s footsteps and help transform the world the way she did.”
In addition to offering insights into Mother Teresa’s life and spirituality, the initiative will offer students service opportunities locally, as well as globally; produce research; and advocate for life and family issues.
Towey and his wife, Mary, enjoyed a long-term friendship and were very close with the beloved nun. In fact, Towey was the only American chosen to serve on both the official U.S. presidential delegation to attend Mother Teresa’s funeral in Calcutta, as well as her beatification at the Vatican.
His commitment to Mother Teresa’s mission hasn’t waivered in the decade that has past since that event. In fact, just last year, Towey accompanied students to Calcutta to work in the mission and he intends to repeat that trip again this year.
Plans call for the addition of an on-campus museum in a later phase, which will include displays, personal effects, letters, and oral histories from those who knew her best. The official dedication was held Saturday,Oct. 12, 2013, immediately following a Mass at the oratory.
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