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Message from the Assistant Headmaster — Homecoming Celebration

dr. jared rashfordThis week, we have been actively gearing up for Homecoming. The many events scheduled for students, their families, alumni and faculty provide a wonderful opportunity to gather together in support of our numerous sports teams. Priory’s tradition of curricular athletics as part of our required program of study means that, for the last 60 years, all of our students have been involved in competitive individual or team sports. Last Saturday, we hosted more than 300 runners at our annual Priory Invitational Cross Country meet. A special thank you to the students, parents and faculty who volunteered to help coordinate and execute the logistics of hosting such a large event. As usual, it was wonderful to observe what some have described as 'the sea of red,' referring to the large number of runners sporting their Priory red singlets and participating in the Junior School, Junior Varsity (with Priory finishing in second place), and Varsity (with Priory earning third place honors) competitions. Priory soccer continues to have a successful season. Our Varsity team has compiled a record of 11-6 thus far, which includes a second place finish in the Metro League Tournament and a second place finish in the St. Dominic Tournament. On Saturday, the soccer program kicks off the Homecoming Day festivities as both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams host Cape-Notre Dame. Our football players and coaches continue to persevere and have demonstrated a disciplined work ethic throughout the season. We look forward to filling Todd Stadium for Saturday’s Homecoming football game against Cardinal Ritter at 1:00 p.m.

Our student celebration concludes with the evening’s Homecoming dance from 7:30-10:00 p.m. We remind all students (and parents) that the dress for this event is semi-formal attire, with coat-and-tie for the gentlemen and appropriate, modest dress for ladies. We want the dance to be a fun event where everyone enjoys themselves and trust that Priory students and their guests will responsibly adhere to the school’s expectations for the evening.

Lastly, the school community decided to honor Priory faculty member and alumnus, Mr. Justin Orlando, by kicking off this year’s Spirit Week with Orange for Orlando day, raising nearly $2,000 to benefit patient care and ongoing research for individuals diagnosed with Leukemia. Philanthropy continues into the weekend through our football program's partnership with St. Louis Thrive. During all of Saturday’s athletics competitions, we encourage all guests to help to "stuff the bus" for expectant mothers in the greater St. Louis area. I am hopeful that we will do what we can to contribute to the important work of this particular organization. The outpouring of support for Mr. Orlando and the present efforts made on behalf of those served by St. Louis Thrive are just two more examples of how we are making use of this special week to come together and live out our calling to develop a love and Christ and neighbor.

Please be sure to read the Homecoming announcement on the website, which includes the entire list of the weekend’s events and activities. We hope to see many of our alumni and their families back on campus as well!
In Christ,

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Dr. Jared M. Rashford

“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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