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Give STL Day

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year’s GiveSTL Day a success for Priory. All funds raised during this 24-hour online campaign go toward the Priory Fund, which supports every aspect of the life of the school (academics, activities, athletics, faculty development, spiritual growth) every day. 

Thanks to the generosity of the Abbey Family, Priory received more than $76,000 in gifts on GiveSTL Day!
(That’s more than 10 percent of our Priory Fund goal!)

We are humbled and honored by such incredible support, and are so grateful to all who said “yes!” to our students and our mission.

Our donors came from our parent, alumni, alumni parent, faculty, and student communities; they spanned years from our first graduating classes to our current seniors; and criss-crossed the country from California to New York, and countless places in between.  Gifts were made in honor of our beloved monks, current and former teachers, classmates, sons and grandsons, and deceased parents.

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We’d like to give special recognition to the three donors who provided such generous matching gift challenges and set the tone for a wildly successful day of giving.  We’d also like to highlight alumni from the Classes of 1985, 1986, and 1987, who helped us secure our alumni challenge gift by putting together a decade-wide challenge of their own!

Again, we are so thankful for your continued support of Priory, our mission, and our students.  Know that the monks continue to keep you, your family, and your intentions in their prayers.  Laus Tibi Domine!

P.S. If you work for a company that matches gifts, your GiveSTL contribution may be eligible! Please contact your human resources office or the Priory Development Office ( with any questions.

Here are the full videos from our Give STL Day campaign:

To kick off our series of Abbey Family stories, Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B. ’76 and Dr. Jared Rashford share their thoughts about the impact of your gift.

“To have the opportunity to form young men in a spirit of virtue, spirituality and character – as well as the intellectual life – is vitally important.”
Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B. ’76, Headmaster
“Giving continues to unite us as a family…We see that we’re all contributing to the same common mission.”
Dr. Jared Rashford, Principal

Here, Father Timothy Horner, O.S.B., and Father Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., discuss the role of the monastic community in the education of our students and why your support is so critical to our mission.

“We are – well, trying to be – models of monastic life…We say Mass, provide Sacraments, and provide spiritual counseling.”
Father Timothy Horner, O.S.B., Founder, First Headmaster
“The generosity of the Abbey Family is important because of the example it sets for the kids…the kids learn to be generous and to support each other by watching what their elders do.”
Father Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.,, Teacher and School Chaplain

Below, Priory educator Joe Gleich shares his experiences over four decades as a teacher, and reflects on the opportunities the Abbey Family provides for both students and faculty members alike.

“One of the greatest things about Priory is the camaraderie that you build as a teacher with your students, who become some of your lifelong friends.”
Joe Gleich, Teacher and Coach

Here, mothers Stella Ashcraft and Lissa Rosebrough share their Priory experiences from a parent’s perspective and talk about the deep bonds that connect their families with the Abbey Family.

“Priory is special to me because they make it known to the students that they are the priority.”
Stella Ashcraft, Priory Mom
“Tuition alone does not cover all the costs of maintaining and running the school, so it’s important that we support the school not just with prayer, but with our financial help, too.”
Lissa Rosebrough, Priory Mom

In this video, Form VI student George Ahlering reflects on his six years at Priory and the impact our community has made on his life.

“We have this wonderful spiritual community at the center of everything…I don’t think there’s anywhere else like it in the United States.”
George Ahlering, ’16, Senior

Here, alum and current father Matt Wagner, ’90, and alum Dan Flynn, ’06, reflect on how Priory has continued to shape their lives, long after graduation.

“It feels great to give back and help students share in what we all share.”
Dan Flynn, ’06, Alumnus
“Priory has this amazing ability to extract the best out of each of their students…and push them to their fullest potential.”
Matt Wagner, ’90, Alumnus and Current Dad

“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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