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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 4/20/18

dr. jared rashford

In the last issue of the Rebel News, I focused on the transition that our senior class is preparing to make as they wind down their tenure as students at Priory. Earlier today, our junior class received their Priory rings at the conclusion of our all-school Mass. As Mr. Nickolai communicated with the young men yesterday, this special event marks the beginning of their transition into the senior year; they are ready to assume the leadership of the student body of the school in just a few weeks. We are hopeful that these rings, distinctive among any other high school ring, remind them of the bonds they share as the Class of 2019 and with all other alumni who have received them in past years. In wearing them from this day forward, we hope they are reminded of the values of the Catholic, Benedictine education that is the foundation of all of our work at Priory. 

Last night, I had the privilege of attending the annual AIM High celebration dinner. Abbot Thomas Frerking, O.S.B., was recognized for the work that he did to support bringing the AIM High program to Priory’s campus 25 years ago. Together with current Priory administrators, faculty and staff, including Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B., and Mrs. Carrie Lane, and with countless former members of our community, this special program has served to benefit thousands of young students in the greater St. Louis area for nearly three decades. The goal of the program is to provide them with an opportunity to develop the skills and confidence needed to approach their middle and high school studies with greater success.  As was mentioned at last night’s celebration, our own students who volunteer each summer in this important work similarly benefit from sharing, even if only in a small way, in the lived experiences of the young men and women who commit themselves to preparing for the next years of their education. 

In his brief remarks, Abbot Thomas emphasized the relational elements that form the basis for the enduring collaboration among AIM High students, volunteers, teaching assistants, and program coordinators. The same sense of community which respects the individual while calling for the service of the common good is critical to the life of Priory. As Father Gregory communicated last week to our current students and parents, it is clear that our aspirations to work, to study, and for the monks of the Abbey, to live at a place absent of words and actions that seek to harm and diminish another have yet to be fully realized. St. Paul tells us that “as a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ.” As such, we believe that if one part or member suffers, all parts suffer with it. The school administration recognizes that we need to draw on the help of others, both within and outside of our immediate community, to assist us all in addressing these challenging, painful issues. Only then can we truly move forward in fulfilling our mission of helping all of our young men develop their full potential as children of God.

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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