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The Latin word “acies” refers primarily to the front line of soldiers on a battlefield.  The association seeks to form and educate its members in Catholic truths and principles that they might take up “the armor of God” (Eph.6.13), truly living as Christians so that their every act is infused with a Catholic spirit of Faith and Charity. Members find the natural expression of this spirit in active apostolate by which they labor for the welfare, edification, conversion and sanctification of their fellow men.

The whole social atmosphere of Acies is geared to promote fraternal charity and cooperation among its members, united in common goals, dedicated to the service of God and neighbor.

With over 180 dedicated members and friends ranging in age from 18 to over 30, with diverse interests, skills, and backgrounds, Acies is the place to be if you're looking for true Catholic Action, friendship, and spiritual growth.   




Father James Torzala


As Acies chaplain, Father's role is to guide the organization in it's mission of member sanctification and Catholic Action by helping develop organizational strategy and by providing spiritual direction and the sacraments. He was ordained at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in 2017.  


Anthony j. Dvorak


Anthony has been the president of Acies since the fall of 2020.  Tony is a graduate of Holy Family Academy (Belle Plaine, MN), Class of 2015. After graduation, he pursued a priestly vocation at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary until 2019.  He is currently pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University.  In June 2022, Tony passed on the role of President in lieu of his marriage the following August.


As the lay leader, his role is to ensure that the entire organization is effectively pursuing its mission of sanctification and Catholic Action. This includes creating and implementing overall strategy, developing the current and future leadership of the organization, and overseeing all organizational operations.


Jane F. Brown


As the secretary of Acies, Jane plays a major role in assisting the President and communicating the schedule of upcoming events and meetings to Acies' members and friends. Jane graduated from Seton Home Study School in 2017 and acquired her LPN Nursing degree and license from Washburn Institute of Technology in 2019.


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