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Message from the Assistant Headmaster, 9/9/16

jared rashfordThe 2016-17 school year is in full swing.

I’m always amazed at how quickly, not to mention with what intensity, our entire community brings in each new academic year. A campus visitor would find it hard to believe that we have only ‘officially’ been in session for just over two weeks. A quick glance at our school calendar, however, would reveal that since the first day of classes on August 24, we have competed in over 15 High School athletic competitions, gathered together for six Form coffees, hosted a Form VI College night, a Form III Parent Night, and a Form I Back-to-School night, participated in three school Masses, and celebrated the diaconate ordination of two of our Benedictine monks. All of this, of course, while our students and faculty have completed twelve full days in our academic calendar, adjusting to their new class schedules and laying the groundwork for what will hopefully be a successful year of study. I appreciate the dedication that everyone has shown to help us realize Priory’s mission of providing a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence so as to help talented and motivated young men develop their full potential as children of God.

In addition to providing up-to-date information regarding important school communications, with each edition of the Rebel News we hope to highlight the numerous and varied achievements of our students, faculty and alumni. As I mentioned in my remarks at Rebel Round-Up, these achievements are often the result of both the ambitions and aspirations of the many talented members of our school community. I encourage everyone to take some time to read through the featured stories that celebrate the central tenets of our mission: Benedictine, Catholic, College Preparatory and Community. I also encourage you reach out to our Communications Office with any stories you believe might also speak to these same tenets and thus further promote the values inherent in our mission.

If you’ve been on campus at any point during the school day, you’ve hopefully had the opportunity to see how our students have utilized the new gathering spaces that were made possible by the generous support of last year’s Xanadu Fund-A-Need. Every new space is in use at various times throughout the school day. The intention behind developing these areas on campus was two-fold: first, to allow our students appropriate space to work collaboratively (with each other or with faculty) and independently on out-of-class assignments and, second, to give them more options for gathering before school, during a free or X-period, or at the end of the day to simply hang out and enjoy a little down time amidst the demands of our rigorous program of study. The new, shared Senior/Faculty lounge is perhaps the best example of how these spaces are being used to foster a greater sense of community among those on campus. Our hope is that we continue to further develop the campus environment so as to allow for various types of sharing and collaboration and encourage more active participation in the life of the school. Our continued physical plant improvements are a very real manifestation of Priory’s powerful sense of community.

I wish everyone a good weekend.
In Christ,
J. Rashford

“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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