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2016 First Day of School

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The 2016-17 academic year began Wednesday with an air of excitement in the halls (and a bit of nervousness in the Junior School). Members of Tutoria stood outside the doors on the Junior School circle drive to greet Form I and II students. Once inside, JS boys enjoyed spirited games of foos ball and ping-pong while they waited for the first bell to ring. One student brought a deck of cards, resulting in a game of War with another while several bystanders looked on. Boys were busy connecting with friends and getting lockers situated. Dr. Rashford, Mr. Nickolai, and Mr. McLaughlin greeted high school students in the main circle. High schoolers checked out the new furniture placed in student common areas throughout the building, enjoying cushy arm chairs and end tables, high tops and stools while faculty members circulated through and greeted everyone. Many thanks to our generous Fund-A-Need donors at Xanadu 2016 for their contributions to improve our common areas. A quick 10 minutes in Advisory, where attendance was taken and Communicators were distributed to all students, led to everyone heading over to the Abbey Church for the year’s first all-school Mass, or Red Mass. The priests wear red vestments at this Mass, in symbolism of the tongues of fire (the Holy Spirit) that descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost.

Headmaster Father Gregory Mohrman, O.S.B., celebrated Mass, which included the attendance of many parents. Sophomore Stephen Rashford (Form IV) served as the reader, and Brother Maximilian Toczylowski, O.S.B., read the Gospel. In his homily, Father Gregory acknowledged the journey our Form I students are embarking upon, and asked the Form VI students to pray for their younger Priory brothers. He remarked that 60 years ago, Priory opened its doors for the first time. He asked everyone to continue seeking God every day, in each other and in everything we do. Assistant Headmaster Dr. Rashford read the petitions. Matthew Fonseca (Form VI), Robbie Frei (Form V), Anthony O’Sullivan (Form V), and Wildes Rempe (Form V) served. Father Gregory blessed the faculty and staff, and then the members of Student Council for both the High School and the Junior School. The Mass concluded with an energetic singing of “God of Great and God of Small,” launching students, faculty, staff and monks into the new school year.

God of Great and God of Small
By Natalie Sleeth, 1930-1992

God of great and God of small, God of one and God of all,
God of weak and God of strong, God to whom all things belong,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Laus tibi Domine.

God of land and sky and sea, God of life and destiny,
God of never ending pow’r, Yet beside me ev’ry hour,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Laus tibi Domine.

God of silence, God of sound, God in whom the lost are found,
God of day and darkest night, God whose love turns wrong to right

God of heav’n and God of earth, God of death and God of birth,
God of now and days before, God who reigns forever more,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Laus tibi Domine.

Laus tibi Domine!

2016 Red Mass

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“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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