Ave Maria University (Fla.) will dedicate the only public display in the United States of Mother Teresa’s life story and artifacts today, according to a press release from the University.
The Mother Teresa Project Exhibition Hall will “tell the story of the modern-day saint through film, oral histories, handwritten letters, photographs, a personal crucifix, a relic of her hair and other memorabilia.” The project received permission from Mother Teresa’s order, the Missionaries of Charity, as was previously reported.
Ave Maria President Jim Towey relates that he expects that University students will “love it” as well as the “school childrenfrom all over Florida and the many tourists who will come to visit.” The University reports:
The 3,000 square foot museum will be dedicated at a private gathering for Ave Maria University students, faculty, trustees and friends at the Ave Maria Town Center on Friday at 11:30 a.m. The museum will open to the public on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph.
A permanent museum is expected to be constructed on the Ave Maria University campus by 2017. That facility will be linked to an adjacent 1,250-seat performing arts hall. Both projects will be chaired by Myra Janco Daniels, founder and longtime CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis-Naples) and the Naples Museum of Art.
The Mother Teresa Project at Ave Maria University is an initiative offering opportunities for students to learn about this modern-day saint and her unique spirituality and to follow in her footsteps by serving the poor in Immokalee and in programs throughout the world. AMU student missions already are planned for Mexico City in March, and Calcutta and Port au Prince in May where students will work with the Missionaries of Charity.
Ave Maria University is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.
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