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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 10/20/17

Dr. Jared RashfordI would like to begin by thanking everyone who played a role in making this year’s Homecoming week such a success. It is truly amazing to see the collaborative efforts of so many in the Advancement office and on the Alumni Board, our athletic program and maintenance staff, and various student leaders. Together, their work made it possible for all of us to participate in and enjoy the many events that took place throughout the weekend, from the alumni reception and school bonfire on Friday night to the numerous athletic events and Homecoming dance on Saturday.

As we continue through the second half of the fall trimester, our students, faculty and coaches remain actively involved in many facets of campus life. Our cross country runners will compete in the Metro League meet later this afternoon, and our football players will travel to Borgia to begin their district play this evening. Just yesterday, our JV soccer team claimed the Metro League title by defeating Clayton High School! Our Varsity soccer players were named District Champions earlier this week after defeating Whitfield 5-0. We hope to see many of our students, parents, and members of our community at next Tuesday’s sectional game to be played at John Burroughs.

Students in Form I have had an exciting two weeks as a class. From October 8-10, they traveled to Camp Ondessonk with various monks, faculty members, and high school counselors. This particular tradition, directed by the Chaplaincy program, is a wonderful way for the boys to take some time, early on in their Priory careers, to share in a common experience that can help to lay the foundation for a positive class dynamic. This past Wednesday, our science faculty led these same students in a study of aquatic ecosystems at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area. From collecting and analyzing soil and water samples to exploring invertebrate animal populations, this trip allows our students a hands-on investigation involving numerous elements of the core concepts they are studying in the science classroom.

This morning, we welcomed our six French exchange students from Lille, France. They will be attending classes and immersing themselves in various components of St. Louis culture over the next 10 days. We are excited to have these young men join our community and are always thankful for the hospitality of our own students and families who agree to host these students each year.

With two weeks of classes remaining, I encourage all students to view the exam schedule included in this week’s Rebel News. Now would be an appropriate time to develop a schedule to adequately prepare for these important cumulative assessments. In an effort to provide seniors and their parents with another opportunity to schedule a potential college visit or trip, all Form VI exams will only be administered on Tuesday and Wednesday of exam week.

In Christ,

Dr. Jared M. Rashford
Assistant Headmaster

“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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