Student Life

Campus Spiritual Life

In a diverse, supportive community, we are free to explore the role God plays in each of our lives.

The Rule of St. Benedict, a small book written for monasteries over fifteen hundred years ago, taught communities to live together in mutual respect. Still guided by that Rule, we seek to develop each student’s individual spirituality within his or her family’s faith. We are proud to be a religiously diverse community where, as St. Benedict taught, “all are welcome with honor and respect.”
Priory’s Theology curriculum focuses on personal and spiritual development in the Middle School and continues into the Upper School with a broad variety of courses such as Hebrew and Christian Scripture, Morality and Social Justice, Bioethics, and Atheism and Faith. While grounded in Catholicism, we thrive on a free exchange of ideas and perspectives.

Our Benedictine spirituality extends well beyond the classroom. Through mandatory community service, which must include volunteer work for charities serving underprivileged populations, our young people are led to think deeply about themselves and their relationships with others. Annual class retreats allow students to gather with their peers, reflect on values, and consider the direction they are each choosing for themselves. Each week in Chapel, the entire school community gathers together to sing, reflect, and listen as a fellow student, teacher or administrator shares his or her own journey to a life well lived.

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