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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 8/11/17

Dr. Jared RashfordDear Priory Families,

More than two months have gone by since our commencement exercises for the Class of 2017. 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.

Over the last week, current students and parents should have received welcome messages from our Division Directors, Mr. Michael Nickolai ’03 and Father Maximilian Toczylowski ’00, with important back-to-school information. Mr. Nickolai and Father Maximilian are the primary liaisons between the school administration and parents. They will address all parent concerns 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, Aug. 24, 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 Aug. 24, 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 a number of enhancements to our school communications and security systems. Most notable among the upgrades are a campus-wide PA system integrating the Junior School, High School, Gymnasium and outdoor gathering spaces and card access readers at additional entrances to the Junior School building. Please note that, for the safety of everyone, only the main doors to the High School will remain opened throughout the school day. Students must carry and use their identification cards to gain access to any of the buildings through other doors.

Our regular school communications will mostly follow the same pattern as last year. Starting Monday, Aug. 21, our Communications team will publish a This Week at Priory e-mail that lists all events, schedule changes, and other vital information for the week ahead in a simple, easy-to-read format. The Rebel News, our official school newsletter with feature articles, biographies, student accomplishments and more, will be published every other Friday. And, in addition to the spiral-bound Communicator each family will receive at the beginning of the year, we are excited to launch our online student and parent directory, accessible only to community members by logging in to Because the online directory pulls information directly from our database, it will contain the most up-to-date contact information at any given time as parents update their information in our system throughout the year. It is also designed to be easily accessible from your mobile devices.

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. As you hopefully make plans to join us for Rebel Round-up on Aug. 21, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Theatre, I want to also extend an invitation to any Priory families who wish to come to campus earlier in the day to view the solar eclipse from any of our athletic fields or outside gathering spaces. At last check, the eclipse was estimated to occur around 1:17 p.m. in our area and to last for approximately 46 seconds. Please be sure to follow the recommended safety guidelines for viewing this spectacular event, whether at Priory or wherever you may be that afternoon.

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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