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Tutoria is not just a program or club. It's not just a 45-minute meeting every Tuesday morning. Tutoria is a relationship. It's a relationship that students should experience the very first moment that they step on campus.  It's a relationship that the high school tutors are committed to developing. And it's a relationship that 7th and 8th graders actively take part in. The high school tutors are committed to this relationship, because it allows them to build community within the school. Every tutor has made the decision to get to know the younger guys and to help them as they move up in the school. 

Tutoria is a program that we have inherited from Benedictine schools in Chile. It's a program that is at the very heart of these schools, and they were actually founded with Tutoria in mind.

Priory does not have the same origins as these Chilean schools, but over the past 10 years we have built a relationship with these schools. Current headmaster Father Gregory and past headmaster Father Michael made several trips to Chile and witnessed the Tutoria program at these Chilean schools, and they knew that it was something that could be beneficial to Priory. 

Tutoria at Priory is not the same as Tutoria in Chile, but we have tried to adapt it to our school. Here is what it looks like on the surface:

Every Tuesday morning from 8:00-8:47 the high school tutors go to the Junior School advisories. The advisories are split into two groups. Each group has 3-4 high school tutors, 3-4 7th graders, and 3-4 8th graders. These small groups pray and play together. The tutors lead the younger boys in Lectio Divina, a slow and deliberate reading of the gospels. This activity serves as a springboard to discussion and allows the tutors an opportunity to be both spiritual and academic guides for the younger boys. The tutors also do other activities and plays sports with the younger boys.  The goal of these activities is for the boys to develop meaningful friendships among the communities.


  1. Tutors develop leadership and problem solving skills. They are the role models for the junior school boys and are responsible for accompanying their younger "brothers" on their spiritual journeys.
  2. Junior School boys get to know their upperclass brothers while working on growing through a rich spiritual journey.


When and Where:
Tuesdays 8 - 8:47 p.m. in the Junior School

Prerequisites: Tutors must apply and be selected for the program. Freshmen tutors undergo four months of training before they enter the program.

Estimated Time Commitment: Officially 45 minutes/week, but Tutoria ideally takes places all the time.

How to join: 8th graders apply in the spring term

Faculty Moderator:
Mr. Andrew Erker

“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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