Domino's Pizza founder redesigns church to one-third of original size

.- The church to be built on Ave Maria University campus near Naples, Fla., has been redesigned to one-third of its originally planned size. University founder Thomas Monaghan made the announcement Thursday. Ave Maria is the first Catholic university to be built in the United States in 40 years.

The 68-year-old founder of Domino’s Pizza is building the university and town of Ave Maria in partnership with the Baron Collier Cos.

The new design will seat 1,100 people instead of 3,300 and will cost $24 million rather than nearly $100 million. The stone façade will soar 100 feet over gothic-style arches instead of 150 feet. However, the new design, like the original, includes a skylight that will line the roof ridge.

Monaghan told the Orlando Sentinel that he made the decision in order to have more resources to put toward developing the university.

Construction of the church is scheduled to begin next spring. It is expected to be ready in the fall of 2007, when the university begins to offer classes on its permanent campus.

The permanent campus is currently under construction on fields that were donated by the Collier Cos. In the meantime, 300 students are studying on an interim campus in Naples.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 25, 2014

Friday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Mark, the Evangelist »


Homily of the Day

Jn 21:1-14


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: