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There are two primary components of the Priory Leadership Program. First, the entire student body is divided into eight Priories (a Servite word for a community) of 110-120 students each, freshmen through seniors. Each Priory is named after one of the Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order with the addition of “Philip,” one of the primary saints of the Servite Order:
- Bonajuncta (pronounced “bonayuncta”)
- Sostene (pronounced “sostinay”)
Each Priory is led by a senior Prior and six senior or junior Assistant Priors. The Prior and his Assistant Priors are expected not only to lead their Priory through a variety of activities and competitions with the other Priories, but also to uphold and enforce standards regarding moral discipline, academic performance, and leadership. Each Priory is further divided into six Homerooms of approximately 18 students each, freshmen through seniors. Each Homeroom is led by one of the Priory’s six Assistant Priors. Under the direction of the Prior, the Assistant Priors not only plan but implement their Priory’s goals and objectives within their Homerooms. While the work of the Priors and Assistant Priors is continuous, the primary means of implementation of Priory activities is through the Priory Period which occurs twice a week. Each Priory Period is 43 minutes in length and, while faculty Proctors are present within each Homeroom for the purpose of guidance and supervision, the plan and its implementation for each period is left entirely in the hands of the Prior and his Assistant Priors.
The second primary component of the Priory Leadership Program is the Priory Committees. Each Priory selects representatives to serve as Committee Members on each of seven Priory Committees:
- Academics Committee
- Activities Committee
- Athletics Committee
- Campus Ministry Committee
- Communications Committee
- PAL (Peer Assistance Leadership) Committee
- Spirit Committee
While the Priors and Assistant Priors focus on programs and activities for their individual Priories, the Priory Committees are charged with the planning and implementation of school-wide programs and activities within their respective areas of focus. These may include inter-Priory competitions or activities (i.e. an inter-Priory Trivia Bowl) or school-wide programs that do not explicitly involve the Priories as such (i.e. Homecoming). Each Committee selects a Committee Chairman who is charged with the primary management and oversight of each Committee.
The management of the entire Priory System is overseen by the Prior General and the other members of the Generalate – the Vicar General, Secretary General, and Treasurer General. To this end, the Generalate, in consultation with the Principal and Priory Director, determines the directives for the Priories and Priory Committees each year. Furthermore, the Generalate are seen by the Administration as the primary representatives of the student body and, as such, is often consulted on a variety of school matters large and small.