Mary’s Day is a special tradition that truly reflects the faith and community that is the essence of Villa Maria Academy. Despite school not being in session due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this time-honored tradition could not be missed. With precautions in place, the event was filmed with no students in attendance and aired for the student body and Villa Community on May 27, 2020. During Mary’s Day, Villa honors the Blessed Mother, Mary, by recognizing students who exemplify her spirit of courage, inspiration, and service. The senior class and faculty members nominate their Mary’s Day Court based on individual character, moral integrity, and their commitment to their faith.
This year’s honor of May Queen was bestowed upon Kelly Mischler `20. She was joined by her court attendants Bella Agresti `20, Rachel Bowen `20, Grace DiGiacomo `20 and Faith Rebich `20. The May Queen and her attendants celebrated the day wearing white gowns and floral headpieces.
Despite not being at school, the entire student body prepared at home for the day by writing letters (via e-mail) to their classmates expressing gratitude for their friendship. While not the same as reading hand-written letters at school, the event was still very special thanks to the planning of the Mary’s Day Committee headed by Villa Campus Minister, Mrs. Emily Grenci. Many students even reported having cinnamon rolls and orange juice at their houses and lighting candles before the ceremony to keep with the beloved tradition.
During the service hymns were sung, and May Queen Kelly Mischler crowned our Blessed Mother with a wreath of flowers. Several students were also selected to provide special performances to honor our Blessed Mother. Stella Przybylinski `20 and Briah McKnight `20 sang “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman” followed by the “Ave Maria” sang by senior Maura Lynch `20. Each girl was accompanied by faculty member Mr. Andrew Alesso. Senior Jenna Bevan `20 also performed a Mary’s Day Dance.
While not the same as when our students are all together, the joy of Mary’s Day was felt by all who watched and participated in this wonderful tradition that is a highlight for our students every year!