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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 3/31/17

dr. jared rashfordSaint Louis Priory School’s mission to provide a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence directs all of our work each and every day. All three elements of that same mission should be understood in terms of how they contribute to helping our young men develop their full potential as children of God. When we consider the college preparatory program offered at Priory, it is equally important to understand the synergy that exists between the learning that our students and faculty engage in every day and the support and expertise of our college counseling team. The outstanding admissions decisions and college placements that we celebrate each year are truly the result of our students’ full participation in Priory’s program of study, our faculty’s ongoing commitment to grow in their practice as educators, and our college counselors’ dedication to providing our young men with the tools they need to both understand and navigate the college admissions process and ultimately decide on a school where they will be able to pursue their higher studies with success.

There are a myriad of services provided by our college counseling office that make this last point possible. Back in February, Barbara Sams, Beth Collier and I participated in a college tour in the greater Philadelphia area. In just two and a half days, we visited Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph’s University, Villanova University, and Haverford College. At each of these schools, we met with admissions professionals to discuss how their respective offices handle the admissions process as well as what they are looking for in potential applicants. At the same time, we were given the opportunity to elaborate on the elements of our own program that are truly exceptional and distinguish our students in the admissions process. Our counselors schedule numerous such visits each year to ensure that we remain current regarding relevant changes in the admissions landscape and that admissions officers understand how to read our students’ applications in the context of our school community and curricular requirements. These visits are just one example of the type of service that our counseling team has long provided Priory students and their families.

There have also been several, more recent developments in the college counseling office that demonstrate our ongoing commitment to helping our young men define and find the right “match” schools for their needs. Among these are the Form IV and Form VI trimester-long seminars. Sophomores begin to consider how their particular strengths and interests might influence their selected major of study, and Seniors meet in small groups to work through the logistics of the Common Application and to establish a framework for completing the application process (Form VI). The office has worked with the administration on reporting a weighted GPA on student transcripts, and to develop a school profile that more fully explains our curricular offerings and how the hallmarks of a Benedictine education prepare our young men for participating and engaging fully in the life of their school community. And, just this year, we coordinated a standardized test preparation option on campus during the school day for students in Form V.

All of this work would not be possible without an exceptional college counseling team. For the past thirteen years, Barbara Sams has worked on behalf of our students and their parents to guide the office in maintaining and developing a program that has enabled us to fulfill our school’s mission of helping our young men seek admission to appropriate distinguished colleges and universities. We recently learned that Mrs. Sams will be leaving Saint Louis Priory School after this school year, having accepted a position at another school beginning next fall. We are so very grateful for the dedication that she has demonstrated in working with our families, and we wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors. I am happy to announce that the administration has appointed Beth Collier to assume the role of Director of College Counseling beginning this summer. Mrs. Collier is known as a consummate professional by students, parents and faculty who have worked with her at Priory, and by colleagues in the college counseling community. For the past eight years, Mrs. Sams and Mrs. Collier have collaborated, together and with the administration, on nearly every aspect of the college counseling program. Mrs. Collier’s appointment as Director ensures that Priory will continue to provide the exemplary, high caliber programming that our families have valued tremendously over the years.

We’ll have more good news to report soon, once all college admissions decisions are released and we’re able to announce our list of accepting institutions. It’s always an exciting time of the year as we prepare to send our seniors off to the next stage of their journey, and we reflect fondly on the rich tapestry of our entire school community that worked together to ready these students for college and beyond.

In Christ,

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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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