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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 10/21/16

jared rashfordI would like to begin by thanking everyone who played a role in making this year’s Homecoming week such a success. We could not have asked (or prayed) for better weather to gather as a community. The collaborative efforts of so many in the Development office and on the Alumni Board, our athletic program and maintenance staff, and various student leaders made it possible for 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 competitions and the Homecoming dance on Saturday. I want to also congratulate the newest members of our student leadership team, our Junior School STUCO, and thank these young men for committing themselves to work, on behalf of their classmates, to enhance the Priory experience for all of our boys.

As we continue through the second half of the fall trimester, our students and faculty remain actively involved in many facets of campus life. Congratulations to both our JV and Varsity soccer teams for their outstanding accomplishments to date. Our Varsity players were named District Champions last night after defeating Principia 5-0, and our JV team is looking forward to next week’s Metro League Championship match against Westminster. Three of our most popular student activities — Model UN, Robotics, and Mock Trial — have either begun their competitive seasons or are meeting to plan for this year’s upcoming challenges. Service learning such as participating in World Food Day 2016 and the ongoing effort in support of the work done by The Covering House continue to provide opportunities for our students to fulfill the Church’s mission of serving those in need. And a group of faculty are working together on an upcoming off-campus opportunity for our Form I students at Forest Park. I firmly believe that this type of collaboration, supported through individual or departmental professional development experiences, enhances the learning experiences for our students by helping them make connections across a variety of disciplines.

On behalf of so many, I want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and support for all members of our community, in particular for the special intentions that have been offered this fall. Mr. Justin Orlando recently received a favorable prognosis from his physicians and is eager to move forward with his recovery over the next few months. The Junior School student injured earlier in the week is safely recovering at home and looks forward to returning to campus next week and getting back to his studies and his friends. And, as was announced yesterday, we pray for Brother Dunstan during this time of transition and for those who will assume additional responsibilities as they prepare to work with his students next term. Although each of these situations, and assuredly others with which we are individually or collectively confronted, can be a source of pain, confusion or suffering, as Brother Dunstan reminds us in his letter, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.

In Christ,

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Dr. Jared M. Rashford
Assistant Headmaster
Saint Louis Priory School


“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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