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News & Notes from the Junior School - 3.24.17

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Mrs. Hartnett writes,

Happy birthday to me…

Well, actually, it isn’t my birthday. My birthday is at the end of April. But what I am celebrating now is my re-birthday. Almost six years ago, on March 31, 2011, I received a bone marrow transplant from an unknown donor, and that transplant literally saved my life. I had been given 12 months to live, and now, thanks to someone from England whom I have never met, (and because of donor registry regulations, will never meet), I get to celebrate another real birthday next month, and hopefully many more beyond that.

What a remarkable journey this continues to be. From the day of my leukemia diagnosis (“I am afraid I have some very bad news for you”) on December 8, 2010, until this very moment, I have experienced the highest highs and the most frightening lows. But months of intravenous chemotherapy, full body radiation, innumerable spinal taps and bone marrow biopsies, no immune system, total hair loss - all of this and more have been replaced by new DNA, new stem cells, stabilized chromosomes, a new blood type, a slightly darker eye color, a strengthening immunity, a ponytail, and, most importantly, a renewed opportunity to see my children, and your children, grow older.

That I am grateful, that I am lucky, and that I am literally touched by the hand of God go almost without saying. But I am going to say it. I am going to say it to my family and I am going to say it to all of you.  I am going to shout it from the rooftops: I am so lucky. I am so grateful. I am so blessed.


Parents are reminded that the Camp Ondessonk adventure begins on Sunday, April 2, at 7:45 am.  Spring in southern Illinois should be wonderful!  Please bring your sons to the Junior School; however, please do not park in the circle drive, as the buses cannot navigate the curve. The buses will return on Tuesday, April 4, around 3:30 pm, and the Form II boys are free to go home at that time.


Last weekend, five Form I students and four Form II students competed in the Excellence in Mathematics Competition at Saint Louis Community College – Florissant Valley.

Both our Form I team and our Form II team won first place in their grade level.  Congratulations to these math wizards, and congratulations as well to Mrs. Gayle Reichle and Dr. Andrew Davis, who guided them to victory!

form I

Form I team: (l-r): Cedric Bruges, Matthew Politte, Wyatt Lewis (3rd place individual award), JP Schuster (4th place individual award), Brendan Stein (5th place individual award)

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Form II team (l-r): Devin Kancherla (4th place individual award), Michael Moen (6th place individual award), Christopher Morey, Reid Miller (9th place individual award)


We were thrilled with the positive response to our parent outreach request. So many of you were willing to take the time to graciously welcome our new families and talk with them about Priory. This outreach is an important part of showing new families what it might be like to join the Priory community. Thank you for your enthusiastic support of our Admissions efforts!


Xanadu Sign Up Parties

There is still room in our fabulous Xanadu Sign Up Parties.  If you’d like to sign up, please send payment made payable to “Priory” to the Priory Development Office, attn. Mary Rhodes, 500 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, MO  63141.

Trivia Night for Forms I & II — 20 Spots Available

Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM, 
Boys' Dining Hall
If your son loves trivia, or just having fun with his schoolmates, then this party is for him! Sign your son up to join his friends in Forms I and II for an exciting night of fun questions, good eats and prizes. Your son won't want to miss out on this popular party!

Junior School Gaga Ball Palooza & Pizza Party — 5 Spots Available

Friday, April 7, 2017, 4:45 - 7:00 PM
Junior School Gaga Pit
Calling all Junior School boys. Are you ready to put your gaga ball skills to the test? This tournament party is for you! For the unversed, gaga ball is a fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit, and known as the "kinder, gentler dodge ball."  The name "gaga" comes from the Hebrew for "touch, touch." This party will be packed with fun and food. Some of the Form Chaplain monks will also be there for divine inspiration. This is a no-brainer event that every Junior School boy will enjoy.

High School Student Premier Poker Tournament — 9 Spots Available

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:30 - 10:30 PM
Come flex your poker-playing skills at the Premier Priory Poker Tournament for high school students at the home of Priory parents Michele and Eric Holdosh (Elliott '19). The evening will include food, soft drinks and desserts as well as a fun poker tournament with prizes for the top 3 finishers as well as take-home goodie bags for all in attendance. Please note - no cash will be exchanged or used during the evening. Each player will receive the same amount of chips at the start of the night, and play will continue until we have our top 3 players. For those who are eliminated, there will be a video-gamer section available.

Junior School Parents' Cocktail Party

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7:00 PM
Rime and Georges Chahoud (Elias '18, Marc '21) invite all Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening at their home. Special guests include Father Maximilian '00 and Carrie & Phil Lane. The party promises to be a great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails and tasty appetizers.

Grandparents’ Day – Friday, April 7, 2017

We are excited to welcome the grandparents of our Form I and II students to campus on Friday, April 7 for Grandparents’ Day. The day begins with the All-school Mass at 8:15 a.m. Following Mass, students will accompany their grandparents to the Junior School for a continental breakfast and an abbreviated class session. The event concludes at 11:00 a.m. Grandparents’ Day is scheduled every other year, so please encourage your son’s grandparents to attend.

RSVP by Monday, April 3 online or to (314) 434-3690 x 326 or


Monday, March 27
8:05 a.m.
Winter Sports Assembly
Sunday, April 2 7:45 a.m. Form II arrives for an 8 a.m. departure to Camp O
Tuesday, April 4 c. 3:30 p.m. Form II students return from Camp O and may go home
Friday, April 7
  Grandparents' Day
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“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.” ― Roy T. BennettThe Light in the Heart


Thank you for your support and generosity to the boys and to the School. We are all grateful, and blessed.

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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