Headmaster's Reflection on Admissions
In his Rule for Monks, Saint Benedict says that all guests should be received as if they were Christ himself, for he will say at the Last Judgement “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” This should obviously be true of a Benedictine school, and this reverence for the guest should be especially manifest in the way we receive prospective students and their parents.
The Admissions process is, for a Benedictine school, far more than mere recruitment. It is an outreach and a ministry, for it is the first opportunity we have as a school community to “see Christ” in newcomers and “be Christ” for them. As we all know, first impressions are incredibly powerful, and we have a great opportunity to make our first impression a sacred encounter.
At Priory we have the blessing of a great Admissions team: Mrs. Alice Dickherber, Father John McCusker, Mr. Bobby McCormack, and Mrs. Sherri Anselm form the core of our Admissions efforts. They work tirelessly through the year to reach out to prospective families, to extend that Benedictine hospitality, and to guide newcomers through the process that will hopefully lead to their enrollment in the school.
Admissions is really the work of everyone in the school community: faculty and staff, monks, alumni, parents, past-parents and friends. A simple word from any of these, and a family that had never considered Priory might be led by the Spirit to investigate the school for their son.
I encourage you to take every opportunity that might present itself to advocate on behalf of Priory to those you know who might be a “good fit” for us. The Admissions Office is ready to assist you in any way they can; you need only contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (314) 434-7184.
With prayers, as always,
Father Gregory, OSB