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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 11/3/17

dr. jared rashfordIt is hard to believe that the end of the fall trimester is already upon us. Over the last two weeks, our community continued its tradition of welcoming six wonderful young men from Lille, France. Members of the Priory community gave generously to both the Stuff the Bus endeavor at our Homecoming game earlier in October and this week’s dress down day in support of a number of Benedictine schools in Puerto Rico still on the road to recovery from Hurricane Maria. Students in the Junior School completed their fall athletics participation with yesterday’s exciting Dusty Trail cross country race and football’s Rusty Bucket game. Our varsity cross country team had a strong finish in the district championship last Saturday, with three of our young men preparing to head to the state meet this weekend. And our varsity soccer team is gearing up for their semifinal state competition game to be played this afternoon at Soccer Park!  

Our classrooms and gathering spaces have been filled with students and faculty planning for next week’s important final exams. While these periods in our academic calendar often place additional demands on all members of our educational community, they also provide an opportunity for our students to develop the requisite skills and confidence needed to successfully prepare for similar comprehensive assessments they will be expected to undertake in their post-secondary studies. I encourage all of our students to commit to a serious study of their subjects over the weekend, all the while setting aside the appropriate time for rest, recreation, and renewing their spirit in prayer. 

Please review the announcements and reminders section of this issue of Rebel News for important information regarding upcoming events. Each summer, Priory faculty coordinate a number of travel opportunities for our young men. These trips augment the more traditional elements of our program by providing students with rich, meaningful experiences to further their knowledge of and appreciation for a language, culture, subject area or, in the case of Tutoria, other aspects of Priory student life. We will be hosting an information session for our summer 2018 trips on Monday, Nov. 27, in the High School Commons. Please see the flyer in this week’s issue for further details. 

As Father Gregory mentioned, we are gearing up for this year’s Open House on Nov. 12. I can honestly say that this particular event ranks among my very favorite at Priory! As I move around with my respective tour group each year, I am always reminded of what a truly remarkable opportunity we provide to so many wonderful young men and their families. The myriad of clubs and departmental projects on display in the exposition portion of the program and the sampling of student groups positioned throughout the campus demonstrate our commitment to fostering active participation on the part of all our students in the life of the school. The outstanding presentations made by students, faculty and directors at the various stations throughout the tour, exemplify how we realize our mission of providing a college preparatory education of the highest excellence. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to consider inviting one or more families with a 3rd-8th grade boy to visit with us on this special day and learn more about our school.

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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