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Sodality May Crowning 2016

2016 Sodality May CrowningAt the Wednesday morning prayer assembly this week, The Saint Louis Priory School Sodality of Our Lady of Walsingham hosted a May Crowning and Blessing of New Officers. Senior David Holmes offered a reflection to the student body (see below), and the Sodality said farewell to its four departing seniors. Click here to see photos from the event. Congratulations to our new officers.

Sodality Officers for 2016-2017

Prefect:  Christian Witte, ’17
Assistant Prefect:  Anthony Kraus, ’17
Form V Officer:  Robbie Frei, ‘18
Form IV Officers:  Will Craig, ’19, Andrew Johnson, ’19, Louis Rolwes, ’19, Stephen Rashford, ’19
Form III Officers:  Nick Blessing, ’20, Ian Crossey, ’20, Thomas Mooney, ’20
Junior School Officers:  Thomas Johnson, ’21, Michael Rashford, ’21

Director: Brother Dunstan Holmes, O.S.B.
Chaplain: Father Ambrose Bennett, O.S.B.

Reflection by David Holmes, ’16

"We all remember. We all hurt. We all play. We all love. We choose different words at different times, but in the end, we're all still communicating with the same language, using the same words, just in a different order." - Rheme, The Book of Life

This quotation comes from the closing monologue of the first play I ever wrote. I crafted my play, The Book of Life, in an attempt to creatively explain the relationship between beauty and turmoil. My recognition of the power of vulnerability erupts less from anything solely human and more from the image of Christ crucified. Through my love for Christ’s selflessness, I developed all my secondary passions and interests.

When I first viewed the movie Into the Wild, I fell in love with film as a medium of expression. There, on screen, some of my favorite philosophies came to life. I viewed Into the Wild both at the beginning and end of my Priory career, only to find just how much the Priory community shaped me. The story of a boy scouring the world for genuine purpose mirrored the idea of pilgrimage that occurred so often in Catholic lore. The Sodality of Our Lady of Walsingham consistently proffers the notion of pilgrimage as an external sign of atonement for one’s sins and an outstretched yearning for God.

When asked about my time at Priory, I remarked quickly that the six years went by quickly. I then realized that almost all of the memories I currently hold happened during my time at Priory. Therefore, if Priory has been my memorable life and the time here went quickly, that must indicate that life moves quickly. Pilgrimage, as a microcosm for the journey of life, reminds us all of just how short life is and puts in perspective that we are rapidly hurdling through space towards a final destination. Everyday I must choose who I am and my answer can only cogently proceed from the great I AM Himself, God. God, as seen with the image of the burning bush, engulfs all that we are in ardent flame, keeping us ablaze with life. That is why the Burning Bush is a type or symbolic preview of Mary, the Mother of God: the living dwelling-place of God himself in our humanity. Though, as with the bush, the fire of God’s love enkindles our life but never consumes us; so it was in the life of Mary, from her fullness of grace at her conception to her glorification, body and soul, in heaven. God never takes away; He only gives. God is good and good is everything that really exists. Evil is merely an emptiness, a lack of the good. Therefore, in God, we are fully existent and purely good: Mary represents our humanity totally transformed in Christ.

Mary is also called the Seat of Wisdom, since her divine Son is the divine Wisdom made flesh among us. My young faith initially attracted me to philosophy and theology, to St. Augustine and St. Thomas. I read also moderns like Kant and Hume and French philosophers, Sartre and Camus and Baudrillard. Through them all, a universal truth shines brilliantly behind their search. As my brother, Nick, often proclaimed, "Carpe Diem", that is, “Seize the day.” In order to love, one must choose to love at each moment. While the prospect of choosing love all the time may seem daunting, it’s indeed a blessing, considering one can always start anew in the infinite grace of God’s forgiveness.

My brother Nick and His passion for existing in the here and now actually acted as the catalyst for the deepest formation of my character. Nick died attempting to stop a fight started when his friend was belligerently called a racial slur. Nick's influence politically socialized me to concern myself with the needs of the weak, poor, discriminated, and helpless. The knowledge that all things will pass taught me to seek Truth and to embrace it.

God did not invent each of us with our specific gifts for no reason. God in human flesh hangs vulnerably from a cross with open arms, ready to embrace you eternally. Emulate His vulnerability. And today, we crown Mary, Jesus’ mother, the woman who will always lead you back to Christ her divine son.

2015-2016 Sodality Members

Form I

Anthony Dixon
Joseph Dixon
William Dolan
Thomas Johnson
Ryan Mitchell
David Mohrmann
Ethan Newman
Michael Rashford
Adam Rolwes
Andrew Scheiner
Peter Welz
Marc Chahoud

Form II

J.D. Blaylock
Nicholas Blessing+
Ian Crossey+
Thomas DeWolff
Jimmy Fox
Dominic Kraus
Zach Mattie
Jack McEnery
Zachary Mella
Thomas Mooney+
Michael O’Sullivan
Henry Rosebrough

Form III

Matthew Capps
Will Craig+
Sean Dolan
Jack Flavin
Andrew Johnson+
Anthony Jones
Dominic Lloyd
Noah Mollett
Will Mohrmann
Joseph Pollnow
Stephen Rashford+
Louis Rolwes+
Adam Urish

Form IV

Robbie Frei+
Andrew Heim
Petey Kraemer
Ian Rosebrough
Jacob Schlattman

Form V

Ryan Boland
Anthony Kraus
Paul Trebing
Christian Witte+

Form VI

Jake Drysdale, Vice President
David Holmes, Prefect
Luke Lissner
John Russell, President

A cross denotes a Sodality Form Officer.

Director: Brother Dunstan Holmes, O.S.B.
Chaplain: Father Ambrose Bennett, O.S.B.


“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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