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News & Notes from the Junior School - 11.18.16

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

And so it goes…

By the time you read this newsletter, the first series of final exams for this school year will be on the record books. It is amazing how quickly the time goes by, how fast we went from our first tentative few days in the Junior School to being finished with exams and closing in on Thanksgiving and then Christmas break. As I have gotten older, I have noticed more frequently how so much of my life is long ago and how often I think about that. Fortunately for me, I have 140 amazing young men and their wonderful families to keep me current and up to date, to be my touchstone for the future, and to keep me filled with optimism and with hope. For this, I am eternally thankful.

This is, of course, a special time in which to be profoundly grateful for the many blessings in our lives that we may, at times, take for granted or even overlook completely. Coming immediately to my mind…

  • Thank you, Lord, for the gift of my job. Each day I share the smiles, triumphs and challenges of these Junior School boys. It is a blessing of enormous measure. Grant that my ear remain attuned to hear even the smallest sigh, and may I always merit the trust and the confidence of these remarkable young men and their families.
  • Thank you, Lord, for my husband, who actually doesn’t mind (at least, that’s what he tells me…) eating tuna casserole night after night, because I get home too tired to cook anything fancy. Thank you for wrapping your arms around my son and helping him with his role as a new father. Thank you for watching over my newly married daughter, who lives so far way in Atlanta. Protect her, even though she is certain that, at her age (30), she doesn’t need protection.
  • Thank you, Lord, for your love and your care. Thank you for guiding us on this journey. Thank you for helping us to remember that you have blessed us with the gift of family and friends, the bonding of persons in a circle of love. We thank you for such a blessing: for those who love us, who share our sorrows, who laugh with us in celebration, who bear our pain, who need us as we need them, who weep as we weep, who hold us when words fail, and who give us the freedom to be ourselves. Bless our families and friends with health, wholeness, life, and love. Amen.


Last weekend, we were privileged to witness the Priory Community coming together to welcome prospective families at our Open House. The Open House was a success! We had over 100 families come to learn about Priory. Our guests were greeted by our entire faculty and administration, many monks, 95 student volunteers, 30 parent volunteers, and 6 alumni volunteers. The goal of our Open House is to showcase the many opportunities that Priory students have to get involved and to develop spiritually, academically, athletically. Our talented student volunteers demonstrated the richness of the Priory experience and exhibited the Benedictine hospitality that sets Priory apart. Thank you for your support for our admissions efforts!


Please do remember our food drive to benefit Catholic Family Services Cardinal Ritter Senior Citizens Program. They are in desperate need of our help! The food drive is on now and will end on Tuesday, November 22, at 10:00 am. Please check the attached sheet here to see what items your son’s advisory is bringing. Thank you so very much for your help in this most worthwhile assistance program.


Parents, please be aware that dismissal for the Thanksgiving break will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22. Any Junior School boys not picked up by 3:15 will go to the high school to wait for rides home.


Form II parents are again reminded that the Priory High School Orientation Program will be held on Wednesday, December 7, beginning at 7:00 pm. This is a very important gathering to present and discuss the Priory high school program of academics, athletics, advisory, and other components of the high school experience. Please put this date on your calendars.


Please do keep us in mind! Details will be sent home in the next News ‘n’ Notes, going live on December 2. Related to the clothing drive is the JS lost, found, but not claimed issue. Check out this photo (this is in my office, where these things resideJ) No names.

clothing drive

Please know that for the clothing drive, all of these non-Priory labeled items will be contributed. Please encourage your sons (as I do) to come and search for their things. And of course, if parents are brave, they are welcome to come and search.


Xanadu 2017

Mothers’ Club Christmas Boutique & Luncheon

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Saint Louis Priory School Gymnasium

Please mark your calendars and plan on attending the Christmas Boutique & Luncheon, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, in the Priory Multi-Purpose Gym, 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Complimentary lunch provided for Current and Alumni Priory mothers. Friends & Family welcome (suggest lunch donation $10). Please register online for this event here.

The Xanadu Vineyard Vines Priory Belts will be available for pick up at the Boutique.

Vineyard Vines 10/10 Shopping Event

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Plaza Frontenac

Enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases and Vineyard Vines will donate 10% of the proceeds to Xanadu.

Parent Christmas Happy Hour

Friday, December 9, 2016
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ritz Carlton St. Louis

The Mothers’ Club & Fathers’ Club invite all school parents to join them for this fun evening featuring complimentary appetizers. Please register here to attend.


Tonight! (November 18)
7:30-9:30 pm
Fathers' Club JS Rec Night
Tuesday, Nov. 22 3 p.m. School ends for Thanksgiving break
Tuesday, Nov. 22 10 a.m. JS Food drive ends
Monday, Nov. 28
  Classes resume
Wednesday, Nov. 30 10:30-2:30
Christmas boutique - gym
Friday, Dec. 2   next issue of News and Notes
Friday, Dec. 2   Clothing drive begins
Wednesday, Dec. 7
7 p.m.
Form II Parents' Program - Kevin Kline Theatre


Gratitude is memory of the heart. (Jean Baptiste Massieu)

Jean Massieu (1772 –1846) was a pioneering deaf educator, having been born deaf, and having five other deaf siblings. He taught at the famous school for the deaf in Paris, l'Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris (The National Institute of Deaf-Mutes) where Laurent Clerc was one of his students. Laurent Clerc (1785 –1869) was called "The Apostle of the Deaf in America" by generations of American deaf people. With recent Yale graduate Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, Clerc co-founded the first school for the deaf in North America, the Hartford Asylum for the Education and Instruction of the Deaf and Mute, on April 15, 1817. The school was subsequently re-named the American School for the Deaf and it remains the oldest existing school for the deaf in North America. Gallaudet University, named for Thomas Gallaudet and the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, was established in 1864 by an Act of Congress, and its charter was signed by President Abraham Lincoln.


Thank you all, most gratefully, for your support of the boys, of the School, and of the hungry. You have seen Christ, and you have been Christ.



Diana Hartnett

Diana B. Hartnett
Director of the Junior School
Saint Louis Priory School

“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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