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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 1/13/17

dr. jared rashfordJanuary 13, 2017

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that the Christmas holidays offered each of you, as it did my own family, an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and get some much-needed rest from the ordinary business of our lives. Just before the holiday, I was fortunate to volunteer with a group of faculty and students at Father Bob Gettinger’s Christmas outreach program. We spent the day working alongside members of Father Bob’s community to prepare and distribute boxes of food and toys for families from neighboring North Saint Louis. Father Bob’s mission to serve those in need was a fitting reminder to each of us of our own calling to live out the Benedictine values of love of neighbor, community, and hospitality. Recognizing the presence of Christ most especially in those who are weak, poor and marginalized, we are committed to the continual development of our school’s service learning curriculum, which, I am pleased to report, now includes elements of the Form I and Form IV seminars and the Form V and Form VI service requirement. We strongly encourage participation from all members of our community in these particular endeavors, and I am thankful for the work that so many of you do in that regard.

I am pleased to share with you the 2017-2018 planning calendar. The calendar is rather straightforward and parallels for the most part the calendars from previous years. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association, high school students participating in MSHSAA athletics are expected to begin practices on July 31. Rebel Round-Up and Form I Orientation will take place on Monday, August 21. The first day of classes for all students will be Thursday, August 24.

We hope our calendar is clear and can accommodate the needs you have as families. As always, we expect that you will use the many scheduled breaks in the class schedule to plan family trips and other obligations that would otherwise take students out of classes. At Priory, interactions between students, their classmates, and their teachers are essential. "Making up" the learning that takes place during a class discussion is impossible, and thus missed classes create gaps in the educational experience for students that are difficult if not impossible to fill. As a faculty, we have worked in recent years to improve our own scheduling of programs to reduce the number of conflicts we create with our class schedule, and we hope that you will support this effort in your own planning.

I hope you enjoy reading about the ongoing success and work of our students and faculty. Please do consider joining us on February 2 for a special 60th Anniversary School Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Carlson.

In Christ,

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Dr. Jared Rashford
Assistant Headmaster

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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

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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

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Chapter 43, 3

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Chapter 48, 1

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Chapter 49, 1

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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

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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

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Chapter 72, 11-12

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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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