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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 5/5/17

orientationWelcoming Priory’s Newest

This past Sunday, we officially welcomed the Class of 2023 at their spring orientation event on campus! These young men and their parents filled the Kevin Kline Theatre as they gathered collectively for the first time as the newest members of the Priory community. Following a greeting by Headmaster Father Gregory Mohrman ’76 and Director of Admissions Alice Dickherber, Director of the Junior School Father Maximilian Toczylowski ’00 shared helpful information regarding the Form I experience. As a former Junior School student and current faculty member himself, his message of how to “… shop, plan, and prepare” provided these young men with a blueprint for how to best use these next few months in anticipation of the first day of classes in late August.

The incoming students then headed to their new Junior School, where they got to know each other in small groups, enjoy a snack, meet Mrs. Carrie Lane, and have their pictures taken for their biography book to be produced this summer. A group of current students were there to welcome the new students to Priory, including Miles Pim, Ryan Lally, Greyson Antes, John Newel, and James Wong (all Form I) and Preston Antes (Form IV), Thomas de Wolff (Form III), Andrew Stein (Form IV), and Brett Greiner (Form V). The boys played the perennial favorite Junior School games of foosball and ping pong. After the formal presentations, everyone adjourned to the library for refreshments and social time. Parents were able to introduce themselves to each other, connect with faculty, staff and monks, and view the architectural renderings for the expansion.

orientationThe 64 members of the Class of 2023 come to us from over 40 feeder schools (public, Catholic, independent, and homeschool), and over one-third of the boys share previous ties with Priory, as either siblings of current or former students or sons of area alumni. We congratulate these young men on their acceptance to our school and look forward to having them join our full community at Rebel Round-Up in August as they begin to experience the journey they have all heard and thought about for the last several months.

To our current students, I want to encourage each of you as you prepare for your final weeks of the academic year. Look carefully at the exam schedule published in this issue and posted on campus to plan a course of action for studying for these important culminating assessments for many of your courses. Congratulations to our many award recipients recognized at last week’s ceremony and to our golf team for their outstanding finish at this year’s district competition.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our end of year Junior School celebration, this year as we honor of Diana Hartnett, on May 19 at 3:00 p.m. on the Switzer lawn.

In Christ,

dr. jared rashford

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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