The Roman Catholic World

November 10, 2009

Ave Maria University Honors Pro-Choice Politician / Billionaire “Tom” Golisano,

Bans Catholic Reporter from Press Conference

Statement to the Naples Daily News


 by Marielena Montesino de Stuart


Marielena Montesino de Stuart, Journalist and Resident of Ave Maria, Refuses to be Silenced

America’s oldest Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer, assigned me to cover Ave Maria.  Of the articles I have written for The Wanderer, only four have been about Ave Maria University.  Yet, the University, of which Nick Healy is the President, banned me from Tom Golisano’s press conference on November 5th, and from the entire campus– allegedly for being disruptive at a public meeting held by the town’s Stewardship Committee.  Stewardship Committee meetings have nothing to do with Ave Maria University.

The hubris and lack of credibility in that excuse of President Healy is evident.

Ave Maria University’s heavy handedness in not only banning me from the press conference, but also from the entire campus with County Sheriff deputies, shows how frightened they are of conservative and pro-life Catholics learning who “Tom” Golisano is—a man who ran for governor three times on a pro-choice platform and gave $1 million last year for Barack Obama’s coronation in Denver.

Nick Healy cannot credibly claim anything about the events of the Stewardship Committee meeting. I was not disruptive—I simply asked questions regarding a report issued by the Auditor General of Florida, as well as other issues regarding the Ave Maria Stewardship Community District.  Asking questions is the job of a free press and of taxpayers.  That made them uncomfortable.  Mr. Healy was not there.  The minutes of the meeting and the audio recording have not been released.  Mr. Healy never spoke to me.

My ban from campus clearly demonstrates that individuals affiliated with Ave Maria University and the Stewardship Committee are privately meeting to develop a coordinated plan to chill my free speech and my freedom to move about the town of Ave Maria–movement which is limited now to a very restricted area —as the town is, essentially, intertwined with the university.

My husband and I own a home in the town of Ave Maria, where we have resided with our young children since 2007.  This is our permanent and only residence.

Who would want to buy or own a property in the town of Ave Maria, when developers and government (one and the same here) appear to be conspiring with some affiliated with Ave Maria University?

Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Reporter for The Wanderer

Marielena Montesino de Stuart


Marielena Montesino de Stuart, as stated in previous articles, had obtained  formal press authorization from Falls Communications on 11/04/09  to attend the Golisano Press Conference and Honoring.


You may also read Marielena Montesino de Stuart’s commentaries through: RenewAmerica,, The Dallas Morning News, U.S. Politics Today (an EIN Service for Political Professionals-*) Poynter Online, Spero News, Daily Estimate, The New Liturgical Movement-Poland, The Naples Daily News, Les Femmes-The Truth, Culture War Notes,  ProLife Blogs,  The Wanderer, The Times of India, etc. Notice to readers

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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:  Ave Maria, Ave Maria University is Not a Catholic University,  Ave Maria Stewardship Community District (AMSCD), Ave Maria University Honors “Tom” Golisano Pro-Choice Politician / Billionaire,  Does AMU have a Right to Criticize Notre Dame?   Ave Maria University Council, What is the Status of Ave Maria University Accreditation Process?, Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Father Joseph Fessio SJ, Firing of Priest, Lack of Fiduciary Responsibility, Institutional Instability, Tom Monaghan, Nicholas J.  Healy Jr., Barron Collier, Ave Maria Development, Ave Maria University 2nd Mortgages, Ave Maria Real Estate, Naples Daily News, The Wanderer Catholic Newspaper, Open Letter to the Ave Maria University Board of Trustees, Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Summorum Pontificum, Latin Mass, Communion Rail, Catholic town identity.