Adviser to Ave Maria Mutual Funds Announces Promotion

PLYMOUTH, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc., the investment adviser to the Ave
Maria Mutual Funds, has announced that its President, Richard L. Platte,
Jr., CFA has also been named Chief Investment Officer. In this role, he
is responsible for the implementation of investment strategy for the
Firm. Mr. Platte continues in his role as co-portfolio manager of the
Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund (AVEDX), the Ave Maria Growth Fund
(AVEGX) and the Ave Maria Bond Fund (AVEFX). “He joined the Firm in 1987
and has established a record of leadership in addition to excellent
investment performance”, remarked Chairman and CEO George P. Schwartz,
CFA. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Schwartz Investment Counsel,
Inc. manages more than $1.9 billion of investor assets and has a branch
office in Ave Maria, Florida.

About Ave Maria Mutual Funds

Ave Maria Mutual Funds is the largest family of Catholic mutual funds in
the U.S. The five no-load funds invest in companies that do not violate
the pro-life, pro-family values of the Catholic Church. Ave Maria Mutual
Funds launched its first fund, the Ave Maria Catholic Values Fund
(Ticker: AVEMX), on May 1, 2001. Since then it has added three
additional stock funds and one bond fund. The largest of the funds is
the $773 million Ave Maria Rising Dividend Fund (Ticker: AVEDX). For
more information about Ave Maria Mutual Funds, please call
1-866-AVE-MARIA (866-283-6274) or visit

About Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc.

Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. is a Registered Investment Adviser
founded in 1980. The firm’s primary objective is to provide superior
investment counsel to investors who seek a disciplined approach to
investing. For more information about Schwartz Investment Counsel,
please visit
Schwartz Investment Counsel, Inc. serves as investment adviser for Ave
Maria Mutual Funds, which invests in securities only if they meet the
Funds’ investment and religious requirements. As such, the returns may
be lower or higher than if decisions were based solely on investment
considerations. The Funds’ method of security selection may or may not
be successful and the Funds may underperform or outperform the stock
market as a whole. All mutual funds are subject to market risk,
including possible loss of principal. 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
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