Domino’s founder wants town to say rosary in 30 minutes or less

Posted: May 21, 2009 in Age Quod Agis, Networking, On Your Wall, Religion Potpourri
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Any Catholics sitting on the wall, having lunch and enjoying the sunrise? Well, hold on to your lunchables.

Here’s a news flash for you: Did you know when your priest chants Dominus Vobiscum, et cum spirito tuo,” it really does not mean “The Lord be with you and with thy spirit”?

Dominos DemotivatorNo, really. According to this odd story from USA Today, it actually means, “Jesus, please bring a brother a Domino’s Pizza.”

The recession has a stranglehold on much of southwest Florida, but billionaire Thomas Monaghan’s [founder of Domino’s] vision for the 1,100-seat church and the Roman Catholic school he created continues to take shape, even if construction isn’t progressing as quickly as he had hoped.

Billionaires are a quirky bunch. Some become philanthropists like Gates and Buffett. Others own sports teams like Cuban and Jones. A few more are named Walton and just own half the world’s retail. No biggie.

And then there is this 72-year-old guy who wants to import Italian white marble to build his own church – the Ave Maria Oratory – and a 35-foot-tall sculpture of The Annunciation and place it smack dab in the middle of the Florida Everglades.

Um, wow?!

Don’t even bother asking how many pizzas he had to sell to do that. Suffice to say, there ain’t enough 30-minute deliveries this year to pay for a block of that cheese.

In acres of fields that were just tomatoes and prayer three years ago, how apropos is it that Pizza Guy here has made nothing but sauce… and gave it all to God? It’s more than a church. It’s a whole city he is building with tip money!

Monaghan, who holds the title of university chancellor, figures he’s put more than $400 million of his pizza fortune into developing what he likes to call a “spiritual military academy” amid a new town steeped in conservative Catholic teaching and symbolism.

Well, with the economy not so hot, it’s not like God will take a bunch of pepperoni for this project. So, uh, what does this Catholic church – and whole town – do to promote fiscal responsibility? Avoid the Noid or just… wait for it… Grab that dough?


  1. David says:

    I don’t know if “you” refers to me, but you’re wrong on both counts. I don’t own Domino’s, in fact don’t buy more than 2 pizzas a year, cuz I make a mighty fine one at home…and I don’t care if you’re not a priest. I’m a non-ordained Catholic blogger myself. I just want the misinformation to quit. Catholics don’t “do” megachurches, and the fact that he’s doing the Mother Angelica of universities is great. I’m proud of my faith, and when I see really good Catholics, I hate to see them disparaged. BTW, I did enjoy my holidays.

  2. David says:

    Well your tag “megachurch” is wrong…most of them hold 20,000. This is a small cathedral. You don’t think philanthropists build centers of education? Building a place where people can come and get their soul fed, that’s important, more important than financial problems, which are temporal and temporary. I’m proud that he’s building a church with his own money for the glory of God. The Catholic Church needs more like him.

    Vaughn, you know that community of believers in the book of Acts? Yeah, we know how it turned out…the Catholic Church is still around and stronger than ever, with about 25% of the world being Catholic…

    If you guys think he’s so stupid, why don’t you go start a pizza empire that put Pizza Hut in 2nd place when it was king of the hill…what he did and how he did it was brilliant.

    • hiscrivener says:

      Either you have bought a lot of stock in Domino’s or you have a serious weed against anyone who blogs about the Catholic Church who isn’t an ordained priest. What this guy is doing is amazing, but a little bewildering.

      Listen, I have a coupon for a Double Dazzler. It’s yours. Chill out and enjoy the holiday.

  3. Marinkina says:

    Пора переименовать блог, присвоив название связанное с доменами 🙂 может хватит про них?

  4. Vaughn says:

    When I first heard that he was tryna make a community of believers, the book of Acts came to mind in how that worked out.

    I personally think that his money could’ve better served elsewhere, but he’s a steward of his own. So with that i’ll put a proverbial sock in it!

    He’s a dreamer that is far from reality. His charge was different than ours, i.e. Go ye out from the world and be stupid………

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