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Class Notes

Summer 2017

'85 - Tom Hake has been accepted into the 2017-18 class of Leadership St. Louis.

'08 - Kevin Brady and Maureen Wieland were married on May 27. Father Michael officiated the ceremony.
- Greg Hoffmann has been named CEO of Hoffmann Commercial Real Estate.
'08 - Ted Lane and Audrey Van Solkema were married on April 29. The couple will reside in St. Louis.

'11 - Sean Sigillito graduated from Mizzou and is now attending law school at New York University.
- Andrew Rhodes has been accepted into the University of Notre Dame’s ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) Teaching Fellows program. He will be teaching middle school social studies at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas, Texas for the next two years.

Spring 2017

'66 - Bill McNair (father of Steven '01, Ryan '03 and Sean '05) passed away in mid-February. May he rest in peace.

'71 - Jim O'Donnell celebrated the 25th anniversary of his firm, O'Donnell Communications, on March 1.

'80 - Pastor John Harris was featured in the news in Lincoln, Neb. for his efforts to help build relationships between police officers and the communities they serve.

'91 - David Biello's book, "The Unnatural World," was published in November.
- Patrick Schumacker is a showrunner for the NBC comedy "Powerless," which debuted this season.
- Andrew Hartnett has joined Greensfelder in their Securities & Financial Services group after several years working in state government.
'99 - Hugh Tychsen was featured in a Post-Dispatch column (subscription required) about a family he befriended in Afghanistan whom he helped to immigrate to St. Louis.

'06 - Andrew Steck and his wife Jamie added son Thomas Mark Steck to their family on July 1.
'07 - James Arnold is now a captain in the United States Marine Corp.
'11 - Jack Ciapciak was named the 2017 Goldberg Playwriting Prize winner by the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
'13 - Justin Davis, a senior at Rhodes College, was named the 2017 Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award winner.

Autumn 2016


'76Emmett McAuliffe proudly reports that his son, Alex (Class of 2018), was invited to participate in LaunchCode’s “Summer of Code” program.  Alex hopes to pursue a career in medicine, but recognizes the increasing importance of coding knowledge and views it as another “language” to add to his Greek, Latin and French studies at Priory.

'90Esan Simon and family recently relocated to the Washington, D.C. area. Esan remains on active duty with the United States Coast Guard, in addition to his new responsibilities as the Associate Medical Director for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps.

'90 - Nguyen Violette just launched a new company, Pro Shred of St. Louis, after more than two decades in marketing. Most recently, Nguyen served as Director of Marketing with Energizer.

Father Maximilian

'00 - Father Maximilian Toczylowski was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Robert Carlson on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Nickolai family'03 - Michael Nickolai and his wife Megan welcomed daughter Mary Margaret on Aug. 17. Mary Margaret is their second child after Sadie, 2.
bates family'04 - Brandon Bates and his wife Elizabeth, who recently began working as our school counselor, welcomed daughter Kennedy Sofia on Aug. 16. Kennedy is their first child.
'04 - Cole Bradbury was appointed the municipal judge of Iberia, Mo. in August. Iberia is in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Brother Edward'05 - Brother Edward Mazuski was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Carlson on Saturday, Aug. 27.
'07 - Brent Sherman successfully defended his doctoral dissertation “Thermodynamic and Mass Transfer Modeling of Aqueous Hindered Amines for CO2 Capture,” thereby earning his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Brent graduated from Washington University in 2011 and is now a senior engineer with Dow Chemical in Houston.

“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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