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Xanadu Thank Yous

Father Gregory writes...

Dear members of the Abbey Family, 

What a wonderful Xanadu Auction we had last Saturday!

Each year I am amazed at the camaraderie and generosity of so many of our families and friends; but this year, especially, I found the 'spirit' of the evening very wonderful. I want to thank in a special way all those who contributed to the Fund-A-Need; what a tremendous gift you have given to our students, alumni, faculty and monks!

Xanadu is much more than a fundraiser. It is an occasion which brings all elements of the Abbey Family together and gives us the opportunity to celebrate this wonderful community, all to the purpose of sustaining the Mission of the Saint Louis Priory School.

May God bless all of you who were, in whatever way, a part of this year's Xanadu.

Yours sincerely in the Lord, 

Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B.

From the Xanadu Chair and the Development team...

Xanadu Thanks!

A heartfelt thanks to all who donated, volunteered, raised paddles and attended Xanadu 2015.  “An Evening in Paris” was a magnificent success thanks to the wonderful Section Chairs, scores of volunteers and our phenomenal Priory family.  It was amazing to see it all come together, and I hope everyone had a great time. From the Preview Party, to the wildly successful Fund-a-Need, to the exhilarating end of the Live Auction, there was non-stop action all for a worthy cause.  What could be more important than the education of our boys? I can't wait to share the grand total at the Mothers’ Club Spring Luncheon in April!

Kim Kuchan
2015 Xanadu Chair


If you were unable to attend Xanadu, but would like to make a contribution to this year’s Fund-a-Need project which will allow us to make needed improvements to the weight room and Corley Gym, please click here.  These facilities are used every day by students, monks, faculty, staff and alumni.

Xanadu Sign Up Parties  

There’s still time to sign up for these fabulous parties….

Junior School Movie & Pizza Party

Friday February 27th, 4:45 – 7:15 p.m.    Cost $15/person

Join Brother Athanasius for pizza and a movie in the High School Commons and Kevin Kline Theatre. This is a “no-brainer” event that every Junior School boy will enjoy.

Trivia Night for Forms I & II

Friday, April 17th, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.           Cost $25/person

Dining Hall

If your son loves trivia and Qdoba nachos, this party is for him! Sign your son up to join his friends in Forms I and II for an exciting night of fun questions and good eats. Join us and put those endless games of Trivia Crack to good use!

Junior School Parents’ Cocktail Party

Friday, May 1st, 7:00 p.m.                           Cost $30/person

**Please note the new date

Jill & Scott Trout and Ashley & Tyson Funk invite all Junior School parents to join them for a beautiful spring evening. Special guests include Diana and Jeff Hartnett and Carrie and Phil Lane! Don't miss this great evening of fun, conversation, cocktails, and tasty appetizers at the home of Jill & Scott Trout.

Class of 2015 & Parents’ Christmas Holiday Reunion Party

Friday, December 18, 2015, 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Cost $25/person

Don’t miss a wonderful opportunity to get together with fellow classmates and their parents over Christmas Break to reminisce and share tales of college life. 2015 Alums and their parents are welcome! Make sure you take advantage of this fun evening at the home of Karen and Amir Tajkarimi.

Please call Mary Rhodes (314.434.3690, ext 361) in the Development Office to sign up for a Xanadu Sign Up Party.

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