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Xanadu Update 1/26/18

It’s Time for Xanadu 2018!

Look for your Xanadu Catalog to come home with your son next week!

Adult & Student Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteers Needed Xanadu Night — Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

We still need adult and student volunteers to work the evening of Xanadu. If you are not buying a ticket for Xanadu, please consider being a volunteer that evening. We need volunteers to help with check in, work in the various sections and help with item distribution at the end of the evening. Box dinners are available to volunteers who request a meal and bid numbers are also available. We need more high school student volunteers as well.

If you or your son would like to volunteer, please email Mary Rhodes,

Group Bidding Strategy for Xanadu

You can be the sole bidder or you can get a group together and bid on an item. Here’s how to bid on an item as a group:

  • Before Xanadu, organize the group interested in bidding on an item.
  • Determine how much the group is willing to pay for this item.
  • Select a bidder from among your group who will use his/her paddle for bidding.
  • If your group wins the item, signatures and bid numbers of all group members must be obtained for the Bank to split the cost among your group.
  • If members of your group are unable to attend the auction, but still want to go in on the purchase of the package, please have them call Ann Bender in the Priory Advancement Office (314-434-3690, ext. 326) and provide their billing information over the phone in advance.

Xanadu Preview Party, Friday, Feb. 2, 4:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come preview the amazing items the Xanadu Committee has collected for our Lantern Festival and start bidding on the silent auctions. Xanadu guests who have signed up for Express Pay will be activated for mobile bidding on Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, including a beer created exclusively for Xanadu 2018 called “Illuminaughti,” brewed by Priory dad, Peter Kraemer, Priory alum Stephen Jones ’96, Alum/Alumni dad, Charlie Garvin ’76 and Anheuser-Busch Brewmasters. We will also feature tantalizing signature cocktails concocted by a fabulous Preview Party entourage and live music by “Rosewood” featuring Priory alum, Dan Warner ’77. Don’t miss the fun.

No Dress Code! Come as your schedule permits. There is no charge for this event and reservations are not required.

Here’s a recent picture of “Rantan,” our auction puppy. 


“Can’t wait to meet my new family!”


“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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