Press Release

Callista Gingrich Joins Ave Maria Mutual Funds Catholic Advisory Board

PLYMOUTH, MI, June 12, 2024 – Ave Maria Mutual Funds is pleased to announce the addition of Ambassador Callista L. Gingrich to its Catholic Advisory Board. As an esteemed figure in the Catholic community and public sphere, she brings a wealth of experience and insight to the board, further strengthening the Funds’ commitment to serving Catholic investors.

The Catholic Advisory Board of Ave Maria Mutual Funds is composed of prominent Catholics who provide guidance in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Board meets regularly with the investment adviser, Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., to review the Funds’ moral criteria.

Ambassador Gingrich is President and Chief Executive Officer of Gingrich 360, a multimedia production and consulting company based in Arlington, Virginia. She is a former United States Ambassador to the Holy See, confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in October 2017. Gingrich served in Rome as ambassador until January 20, 2021. During her tenure, Ambassador Gingrich worked to advance and defend international religious freedom, combat human trafficking, provide humanitarian assistance, and support the role of women religious around the world. She is also a New York Times best-selling author and the producer of 10 documentary films.

Gingrich graduated cum laude from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. In 2020, she received the title Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Pope Pius IX by Pope Francis, the highest distinction conferred by the Holy See on laypersons, in recognition of her contributions to the Church and society. Ambassador Gingrich has also received an honorary doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law, a Distinguished Service Award from Luther College, and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Ambassador Gingrich additionally serves as the President of the Gingrich Foundation. She is a Trustee of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and a member of the Ave Maria School of Law Board of Governors. Ambassador Gingrich is married to former Speaker Newt Gingrich and resides in Naples, Florida and McLean, Virginia.

Paul Roney, Chairman of the Catholic Advisory Board, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Ambassador Callista Gingrich to our Catholic Advisory Board. Her deep-rooted faith and commitment to public service make her a valuable addition to the board.”

“I am honored to join Ave Maria Mutual Funds’ Catholic Advisory Board,” said Gingrich. “I look forward to working alongside fellow board members to uphold the principles of faith, integrity, and stewardship that are at the core of Ave Maria Mutual Funds’ mission.”

For more information about Ave Maria Mutual Funds, please call 1-866-AVE-MARIA (866-283-6274) or visit

About Ave Maria Mutual Funds
Ave Maria Mutual Funds is a family of mutual funds that invests according to Catholic principles. Founded in 2001, Ave Maria Mutual Funds seeks to provide investors with opportunities to invest in companies that adhere to pro-life, pro-family, and pro-religious liberty values. With a commitment to ethical investing and a focus on long-term financial growth, Ave Maria Mutual Funds empowers investors to make a positive impact while achieving their financial goals.

Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. The Adviser invests in securities only if they meet the Funds' investment and religious requirements, and as such, the returns may be lower or higher than if the Adviser made decisions based solely on investment considerations.

Request a prospectus, which includes investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other information that you should read and consider carefully before investing. The prospectus can be obtained by calling 1-866-283-6274 or it can be viewed at Distributed by Ultimus Fund Distributors LLC.


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