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Father Cuthbert Elliott '02 Appointed As Headmaster of Saint Louis Priory School

Dear Members of the Abbey Community,

I wish to offer my thanks to all who have shared with me their kind expression of support and congratulations upon my election as Abbot on June 8. I ask that you please keep me and all the monastic community in your prayers, as we keep you in ours.

Because of the significant commitment of time and energy that will be required of me as I lead the monastic community of Saint Louis Abbey, I have decided it would be prudent for me to appoint another monk to succeed me as Headmaster of Saint Louis Priory School. After a period of consultation and careful consideration, I have appointed Father Cuthbert Elliott, O.S.B. as Priory’s new Headmaster.

Father CuthbertA native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Father Cuthbert is a 2002 graduate of Saint Louis Priory School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2006 in Classics and Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Father Cuthbert was clothed as a monk of Saint Louis Abbey in August 2006 and joined Saint Louis Priory School in 2008, serving as an instructor in Theology and the Classics. His First Profession in the monastic community was in September 2007, and his Solemn Profession took place in September 2010. From 2010 to 2015, he resided in England, where he earned a master’s degree in Theology from the University of Oxford and a Baccalaureate of Sacred Theology from Blackfriars Studium in Oxford.

Father Cuthbert was ordained to the priesthood in 2015 and returned to teaching Theology and the Classics at Priory while also serving as moderator of the school’s Mock Trial team. Under his leadership, the young men participating in Priory’s Mock Trial team consistently have won awards in state competitions.

Father Cuthbert has been serving as the monastery’s Junior Master and Novice Master, and as a member of the Abbot’s Council and the Board of Advisors Nominating Committee. He is a member of the 98th English Benedictine General Chapter, the English Benedictine Continuing Formation Commission, and the Steering Committee of the Portsmouth Institute.

Having known Father Cuthbert since he was a student here at Priory more than 20 years ago, I am confident that he will prove to be a superb Headmaster. I ask you to join me in welcoming Father Cuthbert to his new role, which he will begin in earnest over the next few weeks. I know that he is excited about the 2018-19 school year, and that he looks forward to greeting and engaging our students when they come to campus in the fall.

Yours sincerely in the Lord,

Abbot Gregory Mohrman

Abbot Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B., '76

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 21

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