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School Traditions

Field DayField Day

One day each spring, the school community takes a break from the day-to-day grind and splits into two teams for a day of competition on Field Day. The day starts with Mass and a parade, followed by a series of sporting events throughout the day that culminates with a tug-of-war contest over a mud pit the seniors dig on campus. The team that racks up the most points over the course of the day wins the Golden Goose trophy.

Friday Mass

On Fridays when school is in session, the school community gathers in the Church for Mass. Priory is one of the only schools in the St. Louis area with a chapel that can accommodate the entire school at once, and one of the only schools that takes advantage of that in order to have Mass for the entire school on a weekly basis. The first Mass of the school year, on the first day of classes, is the Red Mass, when the community prays in a special way for inspiration and direction for the new year. Mass days have a more formal dress code (coat and tie), which are an outward expression of how special those days are to the school community. Many of our non-Catholic students and alumni even list Friday Masses as one of their favorite things about the Priory experience.

Priory RingJunior Ring Mass

In the spring, a special Mass is held when the Junior class members receive their class rings. The ring itself is a tradition on its own, with all students who opt to purchase a ring receiving a gold signet ring with the Priory Shield featured prominently. A unique design for a high school ring, it serves as a conversation piece, a reminder of one’s time at Priory, and a way to spot other alums of the school.

Medieval Arts Program

Priory has one of the only high-school level medieval arts programs around, and it’s not just extracurricular – you can take calligraphy and stained glass as a course in the fine arts department! The Medieval Arts studio is located in the basement of the Junior School, and contains a table with a display of all the coats-of-arms of Masters in the Guild of Saint Collumkille,  a club that medieval arts scholars have the option of joining. The calligraphy program is also involved in producing our handmade diplomas, another one-of-a-kind marker of a Priory education.

Monday/Wednesday Assemblies

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the school gathers for all-school assemblies. Monday assemblies are in the Kevin Kline Theatre and are run by the Student Council, offering club presidents, sports teams, and faculty and staff members the opportunity to make announcements to the entire school community. On special occasions, the Student Council treats us to skits, contests and videos.

Wednesday assemblies are held in the Church, and consist of a short prayer service facilitated by the Chaplaincy Department. These assemblies often feature an explanation of a selection from the Rule of St. Benedict, or a personal reflection from a student or faculty member about a profound experience or the role of faith in his or her life.

Priory ShieldThe Priory Shield 

The Priory Shield – or the Coat of Arms as it should be called – has a very long history going back to the Middle Ages, reflecting the history of the monastic community at Saint Louis Abbey. Read more...

Rebel Round-up

In August, before the start of school, the community comes together for the Rebel Round-up, a barbecue and social event where our new students and their families meet their classmates and teachers, new faculty members are introduced, and the new year gets kicked off in a fun and festive way. 

The Record/The Yearbook

From early on, Priory’s history has been documented by The Record, our student newspaper, and The Shield, our yearbook. Both are accredited by national organizations and offer students the opportunity to exercise their creative muscles in unique and different ways. The Record is distributed weekly during the school year. The Shield has maintained its same formal blue and embossed gold cover since the first edition. 

Rusty Bucket Football Game

The end of the fall sports season brings with it one of the Junior School’s traditions, the Rusty Bucket football game. This 7th vs. 8th grade matchup is for bragging rights and the coveted Rusty Bucket Trophy.

Tie Blessing/Senior Tie Masterpiece

Around the same time of year as when the Juniors get their rings, they each donate a tie which is blessed and then used to create a fabulous piece of artwork. Each year the ties are sewn together in a unique design which features the class motto. The senior tie masterpiece is one of the most popular items for bid at Xanadu.


Tutoria is a program that we have inherited from Benedictine schools in Chile. It’s a program that is at the very heart of these schools, and they were actually founded with Tutoria in mind. Learn more...


Our biggest annual fundraiser, the Xanadu auction is held annually in the late winter. Benefitting the school’s scholarship funds, the night offers dinner, fellowship, an annual theme, and the chance to bid on interesting and unique items. The 2018 auction, “Lantern Festival,” raised $618,000.

Viz/Priory Dance

Every December, Priory students co-host a Christmas dance with the young women of Visitation Academy.



Are we forgetting anything? Tell us what your favorite Priory tradition is and we’ll add it to the list!


“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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