Please note: We are launching a new website in September, and not all information that is typically updated over the summer will be up-to-date until the new site goes live. We will try to make sure essential beginning-of-the-year information is posted, but please bear with us. Thank you for your patience and understanding.



Stephanie KirschIf you haven’t been at Priory in the last couple weeks, a new face will greet you at the front desk on the first day of school. Stephanie Kirsch, our new receptionist, and her husband Barry, our new maintenance manager, recently moved to St. Louis from South Lyon, Michigan. She takes over for Stasia Frenzel, who is now the school’s Registrar and assisting the College Counseling Office.

Stephanie grew up in Michigan and attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids with a degree in business administration. She’s also been taking graduate-level classes through the University of Phoenix, and says she’s close to obtaining her master’s degree in education and curriculum.

Before coming to Priory, she worked for the National Heritage Academies, a charter school organization in the Grand Rapids area. Over the course of 13 years, she worked at 3 different elementary schools as a secretary, office administrator and registrar.

Since moving to St. Louis, Stephanie and Barry have enjoyed biking on the various local trails. “We’ve biked a different trail every weekend,” she says. They’ve also used Groupons to learn their way around the city though its restaurants.

They have two children, Amanda, 18, and Stephen, 21. Amanda graduated from high school a year early, and is now in the army, stationed at Ft. Sam. She is also studying radiology. Stephen also served in the army, and since he is now retired, he’s working as a barista at Starbucks and starting online classes through Arizona State University in psychology.

Stephanie says she’s excited to meet the faculty, staff and families as everyone returns to campus over the next couple weeks. “I’ve been amazed at the dedication of the staff I’ve met so far,” she says. “Everybody’s been so nice and helpful, which is great after being someplace else for 13 years and having just moved to a new city and taken a new job.”


Lift Up Your Hearts Lecture

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Brother Sixtus shared this photo with us: Ron Huelsmann treated the first three winners of the annual Huelsmann Award to a Cardinals game earlier this month. Pictured are Mr. Huelsmann with 2012 award recipient Daniel Stein, ‘14, 2013 award recipient Grant V. Dow ‘15, and 2014 award recipient George R. O’Sullivan, ‘16.

More on the award from Brother Sixtus' presentation speech:

For many years some Priory graduates have chosen to enter a military service academy following graduation, while others have begun their studies at a college or university under an ROTC scholarship. This was the case with the 1994 Priory graduate for whom this next award is named.

Joel Huelsmann, and his twin brother, Jeremy, both attended Priory School under the headmastership of Fr. Finbarr.  Joel went on to Vanderbilt University and eventually attained the rank of major in the United States Army. His tours of duty took him from Fort Riley, Kansas, to Iraq and Ethiopia and other points in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Joel’s last posting was at the Pentagon.

Joel battled cancer in his final years and lost that battle, one of the few he ever lost in his short life, on February 28, 2012, just over one year ago.  His family has endowed this award in his memory to be given to a sophomore for exceptional personal achievements in the classroom and on the sports field, as well as for his dedication to his class and his school. For those of you who knew him, that description fits Joel perfectly.





Father Augustine was interviewed on Spirit Catholic Radio about his blog, BenedicTEEN. You can listen online here!


Monday, Aug. 25

  High School Junior School
8 a.m. Advisory Advisory
8:15 - 9:30 a.m. School Mass School Mass
9:45 - 10:18 a.m. First Period First Period
10:22 - 10:55 a.m. Second Period Second Period
10:59 - 11:32 a.m. Third Period Lunch (10:59-11:49)
11:32 a.m. - 12:22 p.m. Lunch Third Period (11:49 - 12:22)
12:26 - 12:59 p.m. Fourth Period Fourth Period
1:03 - 1:36 p.m. Fifth Period Fifth Period
1:40 - 2:13 p.m. Sixth Period Sports
2:17 - 2:50 p.m. Seventh Period Sports
2:54 - 3:27 p.m. Sports Eighth Period
3:31 - 4:04 p.m. Sports Ninth Period
  High School Sports -
JV until 5 p.m.,
Varsity until 5:30 p.m.

Please note: The day will end a half-hour early in the Junior School (4:04 p.m. instead of 4:30 p.m.)


Normal schedules

Friday, Aug. 29

8:15 - 9:15  Summer Reading Discussion Groups, then regular Friday schedule. (Attendance taken by group leaders.)


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