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Message from the Associate Headmaster, 4/5/19

Dr. RashfordStories in this week’s Rebel News include Priory students at their very best! A Junior School and a High School student each traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in important conversations and policy decisions related to improving the consequences associated with the spread of malaria and the treatment of Alzheimer’s, respectively. Two other young men competed at a high level and garnered top prizes in Geography and Business and Entrepreneurship. A member of the Class of 2024 found out he will be spending a portion of his summer learning about how to apply 21st century skills and concepts learned in his math and science classes in the context of flight simulation. And our RoboRebels and Mock Trial teams completed their competitive seasons with noteworthy prizes and distinctions. So many of these accomplishments and experiences are the result of the hard work and sustained engagement exhibited by Priory students day in and day out over the course of the academic year.  

All of our spring athletic teams are well into their seasons, earning numerous team and individual victories, and the cast and crew of Inherit the Wind continue to rehearse and perfect the production for the show’s May debut. We recently welcomed four young men from Ireland who are spending several days with us at Priory. Many of our AP classes are wrapping up their course content in the coming weeks to begin a period of review for the College Board exams. And preparations are well underway for several notable events that will occur on campus in the coming weeks, including Grandparents’ Day, Field Day, Form I orientation for the Priory Class of 2025, and our visual and performing arts festival and spring choral concert. A special congratulations and heartfelt prayers for the members of the Class of 2020 who received their Priory rings at today’s all-school Mass.

As our seniors approach the finish line, they have endured a college process that continues to become more competitive, exhausting, and stressful than ever. They have heard from many colleges and universities, and the next phase of their futures is beginning to take shape. We are so pleased with the impact that these young men have had on our school community, and we look forward to sharing exciting news of the matriculation list for the Class of 2019. The recent college admissions scandal is a reminder to all of us — administrators, educators, and parents — of a process that has unfortunately evolved into an irrational frenzy over the last decade or so. We know that we all love our children deeply and want the best for them in every way. It can be difficult to resist the temptation to engage in the same type of behaviors, most of which would not the meet the standard of being defined as illegal, that others around us may be participating in so as to better our sons’ chance of gaining acceptance to a certain college or university. We must be careful to avoid privileging the post-secondary institution over the journey our young men are living through during their time at Priory, a journey that should be full of exploration; skill development; broad, critical thinking; building friendships; nurturing a deeper understanding of themselves and one another; and growing in relationship with God. Our school remains committed to providing the time and space for such a journey, all while providing a college preparatory education of the highest excellence. Our young men are outstanding and, if given the opportunity to grow and mature within our program of study, they will continue to excel wherever it is they end up after graduation. To our seniors and their parents: The next few weeks truly is a time to treasure and reflect upon all that has been accomplished and experienced over as many as the last six years at Priory. You are in the homestretch, and we anticipate celebrating with you throughout the month of May. 

Finally, you will see a brief note below this letter about the resignation of Alice Dickherber. I know you join me in recognizing Alice’s tremendous gifts and talents. We wish her all the best.

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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