One of the most powerful things that we do as a community each week is gather together in prayer on Wednesdays and Fridays. Praying together is something that is at the core of the identity of a Catholic and Benedictine school like Priory.

This week in our moments of community prayer, we prayed especially for Central Visual and Performing Arts High School and the victims of the shooting that occurred on Monday morning. May the Lord be present to them in their grief and help us all to understand how such evils can continue to happen. 

Each time a tragedy like this happens, it’s natural to look at our own school and feel some anxiety about safety and security. The proximity of this most recent tragedy heightens that anxiety and fills us with questions.

Saint Louis Priory School regards the safety of our students, faculty, and staff as its highest priority. For that reason, we have fostered close relationships with the Creve Coeur Police Department and maintain a safety committee that meets throughout the year to assess our safety and security protocols. Our current safety protocols include key-card access for external doors, CCPD patrols on campus during the week, security cameras at building entrances and exits, the use of a campus-wide PA system for announcements and emergency notices, telephone extensions in every room, quick-lock magnets for classroom doors, and improved locks on classrooms in new facilities. We also conduct regular faculty and staff training for active-shooters, one of which has been scheduled with CCPD for our professional day on Monday, Nov. 14. Staff also receive CPR training on a regular basis, the next of which is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8. The work to keep our community safe is an ongoing commitment, and we will continue to partner with CCPD to follow best practices and procedures.

While it is important to take time to talk about safety and security, it is also important to say a word about some of the great things happening on campus this week. As you read through this week’s Raven Report, you’ll see that our campus is bustling with a lot of wonderful activity at the end of the term. There’s Shakespeare in the hallways, postseason on the playing fields, and the preparations for exams have begun in the classrooms. The boys are working hard to excel in so many different areas, and it is a pleasure to witness their efforts.

Laus tibi domine!

Mr. Mike Nickolai '03
Assistant Head of School for Human and Spiritual Formation