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Alumni Mothers' Club

Board Members

Michelle Moen

Annette Croghan
Vice President

Jeanne Cody

Marianne Weber

Julia Masetti

Sherry Stange
Mothers’ Club President

Geeta Swaminathan
Past Mothers’ Club President

Audrey Altepeter
AMC Past President

Father Laurence Kriegshauser, O.S.B.

Mary Rhodes
Development Office Liaison

Ad Hoc Members:

Audrey Altepeter
Gardening Committee

Sheila Michalski
Gift Gathering Party

Dawn Thomas
Mimi Fonseca
Fall Mass & Dinner

Barbara Donnelly
Monks' Thanksgiving Dinner

Mary Noel Donavon
Switzer House Christmas Decorations

Lucy Jochens
Saint Nicholas Party

Ann Dimitroff
Xanadu/Chic Boutique

Jean Hively
Fat Tuesday Party

Marian Ahlering
Lenten Series

Barb Weiss
Painting Party

Lucy Van Breusegen
Mindy Finan

Margarita Party

Leslie Foran
Prayer Line

Dr. Kathleen Dixon
First Friday Rosary

Annette Croghan
Switzer House Decor

Haruko Bresnahan
Peggy Gower
Jan Jordan

Brenda Bucol
Class Representatives

Welcome to the Saint Louis Priory School Alumni Mothers’ Club! All Priory Mothers who had a son graduate from Priory are members of the Saint Louis Priory School Alumni Mothers’ Club. The bonds that we formed over the six years with our Priory family are further strengthened through our continued service to support the monks and the Monastery. We help with the hosting of receptions for their special events, providing their Thanksgiving Feast and assisting with the maintenance of the Switzer House and gardens.

Alumni Mothers’ Club (AMC) continues to support Saint Louis Priory School through Xanadu with our little corner of the gym known as the “Chic Boutique.” We have our Fall Dinner and Mass in October and Coffees in the Fall, Winter and Spring. In addition, there are many opportunities for spiritual growth through Lectio Divina Groups, the AMC Prayer Chain, the Lenten Spirituality Series and First Friday Rosary Devotion to name a few.

AMC continues to join the Saint Louis Priory School Mothers’ Club for Trivia Night, the Christmas Boutique, Xanadu, Ash Wednesday Day of Recollection, and the Spring Luncheon.

On the lighter side, we are adding a Saint Nicholas Party in December and a Fat Tuesday Party in February. In May, we will have our Painting Party and we will kick off summer with our annual Margarita Party in June. Check out our 2016-2017 AMC Calendar for specific dates and times and sign up to volunteer or attend one of our many events. You can even pay your dues online to support the works of the AMC.

Please join us to reconnect with your Priory friends and to make new friends. Our circle of friends becomes larger as we meet alumni mothers with sons who graduated from Priory before and after our sons! You will always have a friend at every AMC event!

If you have been away for some time, we would love to have you join us for an upcoming event. It is so wonderful to catch up on the latest happenings in each other’s families. You are always welcome home to the Priory family with open arms!

May God continue to bless you and your family,


Michelle Moen
Alumni Mothers' Club President

Annette Croghan

Annette Croghan
Alumni Mothers' Club Vice President

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Dear Alumni Mothers,

Welcome to the new year of activities for Priory Alumni Mothers. We have assembled a lively group of officers who wish to help you stay in touch with Priory in ways that are congenial to you. Please know that you and your families are always in the prayers of the monks.

In the spirit of Saint Benedict,

Father Laurence, O.S.B.

“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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