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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 8/10/18

dr. jared rashford

Dear Priory Families,

More than two months have gone by now since we celebrated the commencement exercises for the Class of 2018. I hope that you have been able to use this summer to come together as families and enjoy some well-deserved recreation. I remain personally grateful for the opportunity we are given each year to reunite with those who have played such an important role in our own family life, having spent some time recently with our parents, siblings, cousins and close friends. With the summer weeks winding down, our recent graduates are preparing to begin the next stage in their education at 37 different colleges and universities, and so too, it is time for us to turn our attention to the coming school year. As always, this first issue of Rebel News has plenty of useful information to help students and parents prepare for the start of school later this month.   

As in previous years, Mr. Michael Nickolai ’03 and Mrs. Judy Mohan, our High School and Junior School Directors, are the primary liaisons between the school administration and parents. They will address all parent questions and inquiries regarding student performance and behavior, course selection and scheduling (including athletics), and division-specific programming. Please contact them directly over the course of the year with any question you might have about your son’s classes and involvement in the overall program of the school.

All boys should report to Advisory on the first day of school, Thursday, August 23, no later than 8 a.m. Signs will be posted throughout the buildings indicating the locations of the respective Advisory meetings. Advisors will distribute student schedules at this time. After Advisory, we will begin with our all-school Mass at 8:15 a.m. in the Abbey Church. Please remember that boys should dress for Mass on August 23, and we invite parents to join us for the celebration of the Liturgy.

Thanks to the generous donations made to the Fund-a-Need at this year’s Xanadu auction, we have completed and continue to work on a number of enhancements to our campus grounds. Most notable among the changes are the addition of queuing lanes at the entrance of the Junior School and the gymnasium, the removal within a few weeks of the houses near the Conway entrance and the house nearest to the Junior School building, and continuing upgrades to the landscaping at all three entrances. We truly appreciate the commitment of so many of our families and friends to support the work of the school, and eagerly await this year’s 50th anniversary Xanadu celebration in February.

Again this year, we will share important information with our students and families via a variety of communications vehicles. Beginning Monday, August 20, our weekly “This Week at Priory” email will list all major events and schedule changes for the week ahead in an easy-to-read format. This year, Rebel News will become a monthly publication, and beginning in September it will be sent generally on the first Friday of each month. Rebel News will be supplemented by email messages from Mrs. Mohan to Junior School parents on, in most cases, the second and fourth Fridays of the month, and from Mr. Nickolai to High School students and parents on, generally, the third Friday of each month. The rhythm of these communications will become more apparent as we start the school year.

We are in the process of upgrading a number of software systems that students, parents, faculty and staff use on a regular basis. One consequence of the technology upgrade is that the printing of Priory’s annual “Student and Parent Communicator” will be delayed. Please note that nearly all of the information contained in the printed Communicator is available online at When the printed Communicator is ready in September, it will be provided to parents only upon request. For those who still need a printed Communicator, in a few weeks we will inform parents about when and how to receive a printed copy for 2018-19. Also in September, we will test our “School Messenger” system, which will send you an email and/or a voicemail message to alert you of school closings and other urgent information.

Finally, Priory’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are building community and helping others become aware of all that Priory has to offer. We encourage you to “follow” our social channels and share the great stories you see posted throughout the year.

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff, I look forward to welcoming all of our students back to campus over the next few weeks. Hopefully, you are able to join us for Rebel Round-up on Monday, August 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre, when we will introduce the newest members of the Priory faculty to the broader school community.

In the meantime, if there is anything you need answered, please do not hesitate to contact any of us, and we will do what we can to either provide you the information you seek or direct you to someone who can.

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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