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Mrs. Judy Mohan returns to the classroom in Priory's English department

Mrs. Judy Mohan, our new English teacher, and her husband Mike were introduced by a nun (Mike's sister). Judy and her future sister-in-law had worked together in a Christian Life Community, and the intro happened at the Viz Carnival one year.  

It's a very St. Louis story, and it's not the only St. Louis-y part of her background — Mrs. Mohan was born and raised here, and went to Rosati-Kain for high school. After teaching for 24 years at Visitation, she returned to her alma mater as the school's principal, a position she held for six years before coming to work at Priory. 

Mrs. Mohan started her career at Northwestern University, studying English and anthropology. "I loved Northwestern, but I decided to move home after we had 25 inches of snow one day during a year when we had 90 inches of snow in January alone," she says. "My coordinating teacher lost her car in the snow. I learned the lesson that way that you should never leave your gradebook in the car in the winter time!"

She later added two master's degrees from St. Louis University to her credentials, one in research and the other in educational leadership. One of her thesis topics was the use of humor in the works of Jane Austen and Barbara Pym. "I tell the boys that there was significant period of time after that when I couldn't even look at a Jane Austen novel," she laughs.

While she was working at Viz, the population of sisters declined and they began looking for theology teachers who were familiar with Salesian spirituality and Visitation's values and methods. They ended up hiring her husband Mike, a former Priory theology teacher. "'How's this going to work?' I thought. 'He's in my territory now!'," she joked. It all worked out, and they were together at Viz for about 8 years.

She left Viz for Rosati-Kain at a time of change for her alma mater. "They were transitioning to a president-principal model, and there was a need for leadership," she says of her time at Rosati-Kain. "It was an exciting time." 

But coming to Priory brought her back to teaching from administration. "I'm thrilled to be back in the classroom," she says. "I'm thrilled to be able to teach literature, and to work with the students on their writing skills."

"It's been wonderful to be welcomed by the Benedictine community. The hospitality here is off-the-charts."

In her free time, Mrs. Mohan is a musician, a runner and a cyclist. She plays the flute at her parish, St. Stephen Protomartyr in the Holly Hills neighborhood of south city. She runs half-marathons, and she and Mike took up cycling to help fill their new-found time as empty nesters. Their daughter Katie is a senior at Missouri State University studying elementary education, and their son Andrew is a freshman at SLU studying pre-law. She also has a step son, Michael, who's going to be a dad in October, and she and Mike are looking forward to being grandparents to a little girl in just a few weeks. 

“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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