Equity and Inclusion
“Founded on Truth, Built up in Justice, Animated by Love”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1912)
When Priory speaks of the importance of equity and inclusion in our community, we do so from a distinctly Catholic perspective.
Obedient to the doctrine and discipline of the Catholic Church, our efforts and emphases are based on a number of long-cherished principles, including:
- Respect for the human person
- Support of the common good
- Benedictine hospitality – “receiving everyone as Christ,” as the Rule of St. Benedict instructs
- Love of God and neighbor
The Rule of St. Benedict, for example, calls us to “listen with the ear of the heart.” This manner of listening has been a catalyst for Priory’s equity and inclusion efforts. Listening with the ear of the heart helps foster caring connections, adequate awareness, and appropriate action to ensure that all within our community develop their full potential and thrive.
Our students, faculty, staff and alumni are called to help everyone at Priory recognize themselves as images of God and vital members of our school community, and this imperative helps us work together to overcome any divisions that may have grown among us.
As a college preparatory school that provides both education and formation of the human person, our goals include preparing students for the diversity they will experience in college and beyond, as well as forming them spiritually and theologically to be able to bring Christ into the world through their personal interactions during and after their college years.
For the Priory community, equity and inclusion are about doing justice as the scriptures instruct through an active faith rooted in a love for God and others. This is our calling and witness to the world in collaboration with all people of good will.
“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?” — Micah 6:8
— Jon-Pierre Mitchom, MAC, L.P.C., Director Of Equity and Inclusion