Domino’s Pizza mogul, Tom Monaghan was welcomed by a loud applause and cheers by the JSerra community, as he shared how he was orphaned at six, found faith and fortune, then gave it all away.
A charismatic Monaghan lives to share his faith with as many people as he comes in contact with. Having built his career from his home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan after leaving the Marine’s, Monaghan purchased what is now Domino’s Pizza and found great success.
“While pizza was my start, my finish will be of far greater value then the monetary things of the world,” said Monaghan. “Bringing Catholicism to communities through media, business and education are my passion.”
After selling Domino’s in 1998, Monaghan opened the doors to Ave Maria University, in Florida.
“He is the most impactful Catholic businessman in the nation,” said JSerra Founder and close friend Tim Busch. “Tom has been inspirational in my life for the last 20 years. Legatus has change my life and lead me to found St. Anne and then JSerra as well as other ministries.”
Receiving many thanks from students and parents for his time and inspiration, Monaghan concluded his visit giving thanks to the JSerra community for the faith filled and unified education being provided to the future of our nation.
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JSerra Catholic High School proudly invites you to a private speaking engagement featuring Mr. Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s Pizza. He will be speaking to all JSerra students on Thursday, March 8 at 1:30pm in the JSerra Pavilion. The entire community is welcomed to attend.
Named by the Daily Catholic in 1999 as one of the top 100 Catholics of the 20th century, Monaghan’s rags-to-riches story is well-documented. His autobiography, Pizza Tiger, hit bookstore shelves in 1986, and the Domino’s Pizza website contains a chronology of Monaghan’s “corporate success story.”
When Monaghan sold Domino’s in 1998, he turned his focus to Catholic philanthropy. He has officially pledged to give away at least half his fortune. In an article for AnnArbor.com, hometown of Domino’s corporate offices, he was quoted as saying “I came into the world penniless and as a Catholic Christian, I know that I cannot take any of it with me, so it has long been my desire to use the material resources that I have been blessed with to help others in the most meaningful ways possible.”
Since selling his homegrown global pizza delivery chain, Monaghan has focused his time almost exclusively on his efforts to spread Catholicism through education, in part through his Ave Maria Foundation, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which has donated $140 million to promote conservative Catholic education, media and other organizations.
Perhaps his largest philanthropic endeavor, however, is Ave Maria University, a four-year liberal arts campus 30 miles northeast of Naples, Florida. Ave Maria University is a vibrant academic institution that pledges faithfulness to the teachings of the Church and is committed to offering one of the finest classical liberal arts curricula available, as well as opportunities for specialized study in all of the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. To learn more about Ave Maria, click here.