This past August the high school girls of St. Marys Academy joined Fr. Beck, Fr. Stafki and a group of volunteers from Acies at the Lake of the Ozark's State Park for the second year of Camp Maria Stella Maris. For eleven busy days, the girls worked with their teams on skits and lyric writing for the main competitions. During crafts the girls made beautiful masks all based off a symbolic creature. They were taught traditional dances from many different countries and on one of the final days of the camp a masquerade ball was held. At the end of the camp the girls offered a resolution at the feet of Our Lady to help them live all that they had learned at camp.
Recently the Acies team Praeclara went caroling in Manhattan, KS. Below are a few pictures of our members spreading Christmas cheer!
On October 3rd, the St.Mary’s auditorium became an opera house filled with the melodies of Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, and Gilbert and Sullivan. In an effort to provide the community with uplifting and enjoyable entertainment, An Evening of Opera was the third musical concert produced by Acies. Featuring talented vocalists from Washburn University, their repertoire of popular arias, duets and quartets kept the audience spellbound or chuckling with the beauty or humor of the particular piece. Prior to each selection, Dr. Andrew Childs graciously gave brief, but invaluable context to help the audience understand the performances. By candlelight, surrounded by beautiful autumnal decorations, the guests enjoyed the music, which was accompanied by drinks and delicious desserts. The evening flew by in enjoyment of beautiful music and good company. Many who had heard opera live for the first time left with a new appreciation for a classic art form.