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Life at Priory

Priory's Benedictine tradition makes community life central to a student's experience on campus. The entire Priory community gathers together three times per week for Student Council Assembly, Prayer Assembly, and Mass. These gatherings ensure that the entire Priory campus feels that larger sense of community, and Priory's structure also allows every student to be a part of several smaller communities. It is in these smaller groups that friendships form and connections to the school are strengthened.

Our students develop relationships across grade levels through our advisory system and our weekly Tutoria program, which brings high school students into the junior school to pray and play with the younger boys. We want new students to come to Priory, get a sense of those relationships, and feel welcomed into the life of the community.

Athletics are an integral part of both our community and our curriculum. One thing we often hear from our alumni is that the requirement to participate in athletics was a huge part of building brotherhood and camaraderie with their classmates. The athletic program is designed to help each student discover his God-given talents, provide an environment in which both the individual and the team can develop those talents to the fullest extent, and foster a competitive spirit in each student that is guided by the principles of respect and integrity. Each student participates in team sports throughout his six years at Priory, often stepping outside of his comfort zone to try new things and find new talents.

While the academic classrooms and athletic fields are places where communities naturally take shape, Priory also makes time for students to participate in extracurricular clubs and organizations. From the nation's only high school medieval arts guild to robotics and drones to the Sodality, there is something for every student. Priory encourages students to get involved, and create new clubs or organizations to support their interests. These extracurricular activities allow our students to work with their peers as they pursue passions and interests that extend beyond the classroom.

Another building block of the Priory student experience is community service, with juniors and seniors completing at least 40 hours each year as a requirement for graduation. Beyond the requirement, there are service opportunities throughout the year sponsored by clubs and organizations and by Chaplaincy, and even regular events like "dress down days" (when the dress code is waived) take on a service orientation to raise money for community organizations. Many students go above and beyond the required hours, with a high percentage each year earning Presidential Service Award recognition.

Student life would be lacking without resources for student support. Building on the weekly Masses and prayer opportunities, the Chaplaincy Department exists to provide for each student's spiritual needs. Each grade level has a chaplain assigned from the monastery, and participates in an annual retreat as a group. The sacraments and other prayer opportunities are offered throughout the week as well. Our school counselor has an office in the high school, and works with the administration to develop student programming that provides emotional support as our students learn and grow.

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“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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