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St. Mary's Academy & College

Our Lady's Circle, with the Immaculata in the background - the entrance to St. Mary's campus

Welcome! The St. Mary's Academy & College campus is owned and operated by the Society of St. Pius X, an international priestly society founded in 1970 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre to maintain the traditional Catholic priesthood and all the works related to it.

Incorporated in Kansas, the mission of our schools is spelled out in the statutes of the Society of St. Pius X: "Schools, truly free and unfettered, able to bestow on youth a thoroughly Christian education, shall be fostered and, if need be, founded by the members of the Society. From these will come vocations and Christian homes" (Statutes III, 4).

The Academy serves children in grades K - 12, while the College offers an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts and a four-year Catholic Teacher Preparation Program.

An aerial view of the campusOur property is located in Kansas, America's heartland, on 465 rolling acres. We are approximately twenty-five miles west of Topeka, the State Capitol, and seventy-five miles west of Kansas City. The Jesuits originally constructed our eleven historical buildings on the site of an old mission, dating from 1848, where they served the Potawatomi Indians. In the early 1900's, Saint Mary's was a well-known college and seminary. It closed in 1967 and was purchased by the Society in 1978.

The school flag, the American flag, and the Papal flag are centrally situated on the campusSince that time, our schools have grown considerably. In September, 2014, the Academy numbered over 800 students in grades K - 12. The College numbered 90 students. We receive neither government or corporate funding to run our schools, since we wish to remain completely free from any interference in the Catholic structure of our programs. Our income depends exclusively on tuition payment and donations from our friends and benefactors.

The ultimate goal of our schools is to form good Catholics and good citizens in such a manner that the whole person may be submitted to the reign of Jesus Christ in the spiritual, moral, intellectual, and physical spheres. We are committed to fulfill with loyalty and dedication Archbishop Lefebvre's command:

The main altar in Assumption Chapel at Midnight Mass, Christmas, 2003"We have to build, while the others are demolishing. The crumbled citadels have to be rebuilt, the bastions of Faith have to be reconstructed; firstly the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass of all times, which forms saints; then our chapels, monasteries, our large families, our enterprises faithful to the social politics of the Church, our politicians determined to make the politics of Jesus Christ - this is a whole fiber of Christian social life, Christian customs, Christian reflexes, which we have to restore."

 

 

 

 
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