AVE MARIA, Fla - A first of its kind initiative brings one of the world's most holy women to Ave Maria. Sister Dorothy, M.C. was a student, friend and confidant of Mother Teresa of Calcutta for more than 50 years.
Friday, she shared stories of the modern day saints life with the hope to inspire students to imitate her legacy and serve the poor.
"I think we were all a little star struck," says Junior Annie Clarke.
"It's unreal. I honestly can't even. I haven't fully grasped it yet," says Sophomore Colleen Arago.
Sister Dorothy made a special visit to Ave Maria to launch the Mother Teresa Project and share personal stories about her friend and mentor. Sister Dorothy spent nearly her whole life working hand in hand with Mother Teresa.
"When she did something, she did it not for the sake of doing it but she did it with great love and generosity," says Sister Dorothy.
The goal of the Mother Teresa Project is to get students at the Ave Maria campus to follow in Mother Teresa's footsteps and help transform the world just as she did.
"They are the young of today, the youth of today and the future of society. If they are thinking like that today and learn to do things today. It will continue to other generations also," says Sister Dorothy.
A major part of the project will focus on Mother Teresa's mission to serve the poorest of the poor. Students will do community service in Immokalee and travel to Calcutta, Mexico and Haiti for missionary work.
"The students at Ave Maria University were 3-4 years old when mother Teresa died. We want to reintroduce them to who she is and how she lived," says Ave Maria University President James Towey.
Ave Maria is the first and only University in the country with permission to do this project. They received a $500,000 grant and plan to continue for years to come.