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Message from the Associate Headmaster, 2/1/19

Dr. RashfordOver the last few weeks, Priory students and faculty have engaged in a number of activities related to various elements of our school’s program. Students in Forms I and II took part in both the Geography and Spelling Bee competitions. A number of High School students, together with Father John, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life in support of the unborn and their parents. Members of Priory’s 2018 athletic teams that garnered state-level accolades, including our 2018 golf state championship team, were recognized at a home basketball game. And, in the spirit of Benedictine hospitality, our community recently welcomed students and faculty from Taiwan and China who will spend several weeks at Priory.

Our competitive winter teams continue to excel as they progress through their seasons. After finishing the regular season with a 15-4-2 record, our hockey team begins its playoff schedule for the Challenge Cup with two highly anticipated games this weekend. Our wrestling program took home the Metro League title for the third year in a row earlier in the season, and senior Elliott Holdosh joined the ranks of only a handful of other wrestlers in Priory history to win the 101st match of his Priory career. Our varsity basketball team is currently 4-1 in conference play and 14-4 for the year, with outstanding wins over several close competitors. In addition, two of our mock trial teams won their first round trial by a wide margin last week. I am thankful for the hard work and dedication that our young men and their coaches and sponsors continue to exhibit in all of these endeavors.

This issue of Rebel News contains the 2019-2020 planning calendar. The calendar is rather straightforward and parallels for the most part the calendars from previous years. Per the Missouri State High School Activities Association, high school students participating in MSHSAA athletics are expected to begin practices on Monday, Aug. 12. Rebel Round-Up and Form I Orientation will take place on Monday, Aug. 19, and the first day of classes for all students will be Thursday, Aug. 22.

We hope our calendar is clear and can accommodate the needs you have as families. We expect that you will use the many scheduled breaks in the class schedule to plan family trips and other obligations that would otherwise take students out of classes. At Priory, interactions between students, their classmates, and their teachers are essential. "Making up" the learning that takes place during a class discussion is impossible, and thus missed classes create gaps in the educational experience for students that are difficult if not impossible to fill. As a faculty, we have worked in recent years to improve our own scheduling of programs to reduce the number of conflicts we create with our class schedule, and we hope that you will support this effort in your own planning.

As always, I hope that you will take some time to read about the many upcoming events that will take place throughout the month of February in our school community. And I look forward to seeing many of you at this Saturday’s 50th anniversary Xanadu event.

Thank you, again, for all that you do to support Priory!

In Christ,

Dr. Jared Rashford
Associate 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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