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Host a French Exchange Student in October

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Once again, we will be hosting exchange students from Lycée Sainte Marie in Beaucamps-Ligny, France. Priory alumnus Steven Francisco, '93, works for the school and has led these visits for the last several years.

Six students will be here Oct. 13-24. Their introduction letters are below. If you are interested in hosting a student, please contact Father Francis by e-mail or at (314) 434-3690 ext. 149.

french exchange(l-r, Théo Monsterleet, Alexandre Le Goff, Auxence Freville, Julien Devaux, Thomas Delassaut, Sylvain Rémy)

Thomas Delassault

Hi, I am Thomas Delassault and I am fifteen years old.

I live in a little village named Santes, located in the North of France, near Lille. I live there with my parents, Marianne and Xavier, my brother Louis and my sister Faustine. Louis is thirteen and Faustine is seven.

I go every day (excepted weekends and holydays of course) to my High School Ste Marie, in Beaucamps-Ligny. I’ve been here for eight years. After the summer holydays, I will be in “Première S”. My brother and my sister go to the same school, but Louis will be in “4ème” (in Junior School) and Faustine in “CE2” (in Primary School). My mother is a radiologist and my father is a lawyer.

At school, I do climbing with a friend after the lessons and I love that, even if I am not so good. I practice badminton too but I don’t know if I could continue this activity next year. I like biking with my friends too. I also like skiing but I can only do that once a year because we don’t live near high mountains. I love reading science fiction books, such as “The Maze Runner” (“Le Labyrinthe” in French) and watching movies.

My sister practices classic dance every Wednesday and she loves that. Also, she has some English lessons but she doesn’t know a lot of words. My brother is found of fencing and he is very very good.

Well, I think I have introduced myself very rapidly and I am really happy to go to the USA and to have an American penpal.


Julien Devaux

First of all, my name is Julien Devaux and I’m 15 years old: I was born in Lille, in the north of France, on the 6th December 2000. In September, I’ll get to the 11th Grade.

I’m a blue-eyed boy, I have short brown hair, and I’m very tall as well. To my mind, I think that honesty and kindness are my major qualities, and my two main defaults are laziness and chat.

 I live in a house with a garden in a small village near Lille, which is called Marquillies with about 1500 inhabitants and everyone knows each other there. My family is composed with five persons: my mother Catherine is a physiotherapist in Lille; my father François is a clerk in a bank in Lille; we are 3 children: my sister Lou who’s 13, my brother Antonin who’s 10 years old and I. We’ve got 2 cats as well.

As I’m concerned, I‘m interested in surfing on the net or playing video games such as football game with my little brother when I’m back home after school.

Moreover, outside the school, I practice football twice a week, and tennis once a week in a club. On Tuesday, we all the family goes to the swimming pool after school. So, doing sports is very important to me because it’s the best way for me to relax and disconnect after school. Besides, I often read and I’m fond of listening some music when I have finished my homework of course: I listen to pop-rock music such as 21 Pilots, Drake, U2, Coldplay…in fact, I like different styles of music!

To conclude, I enjoy traveling, in France or abroad! Indeed, I enjoy visiting new places in France, and other countries; moreover, it’s the best way for me to speak English and to meet other people. So, I’m dying to discover the States!

Yours sincerely,

Julien Devaux

Auxence Freville


I'm Auxence Freville Deberdt and I'm 15 years old
I am blond with green eyes and I'm tall (1,95 meter)
I have three brothers who are 13, 9 and 3 years old
I have 2 goldfish and 1 rabbit
I live in Santes, it's a little town next to Lille
My favourite subjects are mainly the science subjects because I would like to be doctor but I like also Sport
In addition, I study german
I'm crazy about Sport and mainly  basketball because I play it three times a week with my team
I'm following the NBA games, my favourite player is Lebron James
I like to do the party and to go out with my friends

See you soon !

Alexandre Le Goff

My name is Alexandre Le Goff, I live in the North of France, next to Lille, in Hallennes lez Hauboudin. My parents, Marie and Albert, are teachers in high school. I have one brother, Pierre, he's 20 years old. I don't have any pets but I like dogs. I love sport. I've practiced tennis for 10 years and I like to play with my friends. I've played piano for 11 years. I practice Volleyball at school and I like running to relax often with one of my best friends. Me and my friends like to hang out, go to parties and having fun together. My favorite types of music are electro, rap and rock but I like almost all different types. Since I was a little boy, I've loved American Lifestyle because of movies and series I've watched. I always wanted to go to the USA and I'm so happy to do that now.

Théo Monsterleet

Hi! I am Théo Monsterleet, I am 16 years old and I live in Lille, in the north of France.

We are five in my family. I have two brothers : Loïc is 18 years old, the older and the younger Yohan, is 14 years old. My mother is a doctor and my father is a banker. We live in the countryside next to lille and I love playing with my dog in the garden. Furthermore I am fond of animals (except snakes) and later, I would like to become veterinarian.

I am crazy about sport such as football, handball or running, indeed outside of school I love playing football with my friends or playing handball match with my club.

My favorite team in football is of course the France team. In Handball I support Dunkerque ( in the north of France ).

I love travel around the world, that's why I am really happy to be part of the exchange and go for the first time to the United States of America.

Sylvain Rémy

Hello. My name is Sylvain and I live in France, in Don to be more precise.

My mother’s name is Nathalie and my Dad is named Christophe.

I have one brother who is 21 years old and his name is Pierre.

I have a cat and a dog named Gotane and Jack.

I like playing video games or watch TV when I do nothing.  I also like to do surfing during the summer. I often go to the cinema to watch some movies. In addition, sometimes I go to the theater. I was also doing Karate but I had to stop because of my braces (for my teeth).

I’ve been practicing the piano for more than 9 years now. I’ve been practicing drums for one year.

I’m also keen on programming with my PC.

I really like to play board games, even if they are complicated. I like to go outside, to be invited by my friends and also to invite them.

I’m fond of travelling all around the world. In fact, since I was born, I visited England, Singapore, Tunisia and even Brazil but I’ve never been to the USA so it will be my first time!


Still not convinced? Form III and alumni mom Millicent Dohr shared these "Pros and Cons of Hosting a French Student":

The Pros and Cons of Hosting a French Student

In an effort to educate and inform those families that are considering hosting a French student, I have listed the following pros and cons of hosting.

Pro - Because of the culinary excellence of France, you may feel intimidated by your student’s normal cuisine, therefore, you will be inspired to cook delicious and creative meals for your student and family.

Con - You will put on a fraudulent show of nightly mealtime with your family - instead of eating standing up in the kitchen, in your car in the drive-thru, or in front of the television, you will dine in the dining room, with the finest china, use an array of matching cloth placemats and napkins, a crystal water pitcher (this old thing?) and dessert every night.

Pro - The experience will make you see St. Louis in the eyes of a tourist and appreciate the city’s rich culture and attractions.

Con - Once again (Operation French Fraud) you will be acting like you always just pop on over to the Art Museum, Grant’s Farm, the Zoo, the Hill, a Cardinals’ baseball game and Ted Drewes all in one week.

Pro - Your son’s French (and the family’s) will improve upon communication with your student, including hand signals and sign language.

Con - You will realize that nobody in the family can really speak French and that your student may go an entire week without communicating with his family because you failed to understand that “wee-fee” meant wi-fi.

Pro - You will introduce your student to American favorites like cheeseburgers, pancakes and bacon.

Con - Because you trying to give him the ultimate American experience, you will eat multiple cheeseburgers and pancakes at different restaurants to find his favorite and now all of a sudden-yours. (Note-this is only while you are not conducting the fraudulent meal time scenario as stated above.)

My advice for hosting a French student, are the wise words of Kevin O’Connell himself…”DON’T PANIC” — enjoy the experience, your student, the improved mealtime with your family, the St. Louis sights and speak slowly and listen carefully! It is truly a great experience and one you will never forget.

“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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