Category Archives: ISACS Schools: Boys

Saint Louis Priory School

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My first visit to Saint Louis Priory School was hosted by Father Gregory Mohrman, recently returned to the position of Head of School after a period of time serving the monastery in other roles.  I enjoyed a personal tour of the school and abbey and deep discussion on topics ranging from the of the accreditation process to principles of Catholicism. This was a moment in which I reflected on just how much I learn as I visit ISACS schools.

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Priory’s mission is to provide a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence so as to help talented and motivated young men develop their full potential as children of God. Founded in 1956, today the school serves 432 boys in grades 7 through 12. Priory is sponsored, owned, and operated by the Benedictine monks who make their life at the abbey and is independent of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. The faculty includes 16 monks and 53 lay teachers.

This recent video offers an introduction to the school:

 

What one aspect of Saint Louis Priory would Father Gregory most like to highlight for his ISACS colleagues? He states:

With a growing monastic community of younger monks (now totally 33), all of whom are committed to teaching and being active in our school, Priory is in a unique position to foster an atmosphere where the sacred and the secular intersect.  Throughout its 1500 year history, Benedictine monasticism has cherished learning, and has seen in education a path to greater spiritual awareness.  This is the legacy we can give to our students, and our graduates’ appreciation of the the values and perspectives they have received from their Priory education is a testament to the monks’ fidelity to their long tradition of handing on a vision of Christian humanism.

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Saint Thomas Academy

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Next I made my way to Mendota Heights, MN, for two school visits. First: a meeting with Matthew Mohs, new Headmaster at Saint Thomas Academy,  among the first schools to be accredited by ISACS (circa 1969).

Founded in 1885, Saint Thomas serves boys in grades 7-12 in a Catholic, college preparatory, military day school environment. Its focus is to:

  • Develop and nurture the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and physical potential of each young man.
  • Foster the knowledge and practice of leadership so that a young man has confidence in being a leader and in choosing which leader to follow.
  • Establish the foundation for responsible leadership within the Academy, the Catholic Church, and the community.

2014-12-11 11.00.44Shortly after arrival, I enjoyed watching “formation,” the school’s daily meeting that includes military tradition, announcements, and, often, a senior speech.

After a quick tour, Matt Mohs and I enjoyed some time to talk about Saint Thomas and his first months of headship. As an alumnus of the school (’90), he brings a distinct perspective to the head’s role.

When asked what aspect of Saint Thomas Matt would most like to highlight for his ISACS colleagues, he responded:

This school year, the Academy finishes its 99th and final year associated with the Army’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Program (JROTC). By transitioning to an independent military school, the Academy will be able to preserve the best of its military traditions while enhancing the curriculum for its all-male student body.

The cadets of STA often comment on the sense of brotherhood instilled in the student body. At its best, this brotherhood permeates the school with a strong spirit and camaraderie.