By Roseanne T. Sullivan
A summer youth camp “with a sacred difference”— sponsored by Mater Ecclesiae Academy — will be held July 23-25 at St. Patrick’s Seminary, in Menlo Park. Campers six to sixteen years old will learn basics of Gregorian chant, increasing their understanding of the purpose of singing in the liturgy. The camp will be led by Mary Ann Carr Wilson from the Benedict XVI Institute of Sacred Music and Divine Liturgy.
The camp includes daily Mass, and the students will learn and sing more chants at each day’s Mass. As stated at the institute’s website, students who attend these children’s camps “come away understanding that singing at Mass is a form of prayer — not performance — that can change the world by bringing those who hear them closer to God.”
Mary Ann Carr Wilson is a children’s chant camp pioneer, having led over twenty camps at various levels in both forms of the Roman rite.
Mater Ecclesiae Academy, sponsor of the chant camp, is a hybrid homeschool in San Jose based on the principles of classical Catholic education.
Richard de Lorimier, director and founder of Mater Ecclesiae Academy, has been friends with Mary Ann and her husband since college, and he says the vision for chant camp that Mary Ann had already successfully implemented was very much in his mind when they started offering their own camp three years ago.
Tuesday-Thursday, July 23-25, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Seminary, 320 Middlefield Rd., Menlo Park, CA 94025