Fr. Linus Dolce, headmaster
What is your favorite Priory tradition?
Every Friday, we come together as a school and have mass together, and every Wednesday we have short prayers. Doing that every week for all six years that the young men go to school here, it’s special. If you asked the students, they would say their favorite tradition is when we meet as a school on Mondays for student council. They have a talent of the week, they read a poem, they read the menu for the week –if you know young guys, you know the menu is a big deal. They have fun with it.
What’s new at Priory?
This year, we have an increase in financial aid—$1.4 million for the school year. This shows our commitment to helping our students and also to diversity. We support the families when they need it, and we’ve never had to turn away a student because the family couldn’t afford tuition.
Also, we have a new club this year, the Sodality of Our Lady. It has about 35 members who meet before school for prayer, to say the rosary and learn about the historical aspect of Our Lady. That’s impressive to me that these students will wake up and come to school early for that. We don’t just teach religion. We try to foster spirituality in our students.
What notable accomplishments have students at Priory achieved?
There are so many. In 2009, we had four students get a perfect ACT score. This year, we have nine National Merit Semi-Finalists. In 2011, we were the state champions in soccer, with an undefeated 27-0 record. We do well in the Scholar Bowl: In the spring of 2012, we got first place; and last year, we had two teams that placed second and third. When I’m talking to prospective students and parents, they think all the students here are ‘scary smart’ and that’s not true. All of them are bright in their own way, but all of them have drive. They’re all so unique and have an array of talents.
The Mission of Saint Louis Priory School 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.