In the wake of the planned closure of Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti this summer, efforts have intensified to open a new orthodox Catholic college by next year. A recently formed foundation, largely comprising professors, priests and professionals, will hold a benefit dinner to help raise the $6 million to $10 million needed to establish the College of Saints Peter and Paul. Ave Maria College, which had 229 students at its peak, was formed in 1998 with the financial backing of Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan. When plans to expand the college, Monaghan decided to construct Ave Maria University near Naples, Fla.
EARLIER: Ave Maria School of Law, founded by former Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan to train a new generation of Catholic attorneys, will leave Ann Arbor, Mich., for Florida starting in 2009. The law school will share a campus with Ave Maria University and become part of the town of Ave Maria, which shares its Catholic foundation with the schools and will be built near Naples, Fla.