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Message from the Director of Admissions

Alice Dickherber
Upcoming Admissions Events

Open House – Sunday, November 13 12:30pm-3:30pm. RSVP online.

Campus visits and applications

We are scheduling shadow visits now for 5th and 6th graders, and accepting applications for admission at other grade levels as well.

Dear Priory Alumni,

I am so happy to join the Priory Community as Director of Admissions. I have a special connection to Priory because my husband Ryan graduated in 1997. Father Gregory graciously prepared us for the sacrament of marriage, and I remember noting with interest that Ryan still had a strong connection to his high school. I have been at Priory since June, and I now have a much better understanding of what the monks’ vow of stability means for our students, our community, and our Alums.

I came to St. Louis in 2002 for law school. I met Ryan at Saint Louis University School of Law, and we both got jobs practicing in St. Louis. I left practice in 2010 to work in the admissions office at SLU LAW, and I realized immediately that I loved working in an educational setting helping students reach their goals. When I decided to make the transition to secondary education, this opportunity at Priory presented itself. I jumped at the chance to work at such a special place.

NadineI am so grateful for the warm welcome I received from the monastic community. Their support and openness was the perfect introduction to Priory. Our Admissions Office is staffed by Father John McCusker '01, Coach Bobby McCormack, and Mrs. Sherri Anselm. They have been so helpful as we prepared as an office for the fall recruiting season.

We have been busy welcoming students and families who are interested in Priory. Our faculty, staff, and coaches have been incredibly supportive of our admissions efforts. There are so many examples of our entire community going out of its way to make our prospective students feel welcome! Our art teacher Ann Schaefer is always ready with a gift for our visitors. Our chef Kurt Sliefert prepares incredible meals, and nearly every one of our visitors reports that lunch is the highlight of the day. Our welcoming students share their positive experiences with others. We are truly blessed to have such an articulate and bright student body at Priory. These students are preparing for success, and it shows. They work hard, seek out opportunities to improve themselves and serve others, demonstrate a desire to grow in their relationship with God, and excel both academically and athletically. They are ready for success beyond Priory.

I know that the experiences and achievements of our Alumni can have a huge impact on the visibility of Priory. I hope that you will stay connected to this school, and share your positive experiences at Priory with others. Check out our Viewbook to get a sense of the opportunities at Priory. We appreciate your feedback, and I am always happy to personally reach out to anyone you think might benefit from a Priory education!


Alice Dickherber

“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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