Giving Thanks to God

On This Date…

On November 25, 1893, Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, arrived at his first American mission, Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin, with a fellow missionary; It had snowed two days before so Father Pennings arrived by sleigh. It was a Saturday. The bulk of their luggage was on a ship frozen on the ice in the river in Green Bay.

Father Pennings wrote home to Holland that day, “I believe that everything will work out in the end, but we’ll need the patience of Job.” Earlier in the letter he wrote, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.” Those are the sentiments which Father Zagarella expressed to us this morning at our Thanksgiving Liturgy. So, with Father Pennings and Father Zagarella we say, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.”

– Father McLaughlin

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We Are God’s Children

Today’s Word:

“Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3: 1)


On This Date…

On November 13, 354, Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion in 387 he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries.

On November 13, 1963, Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford currently sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006, ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

At Mass today we heard Saint John say, “Beloved, we are God’s children now”. It was that knowledge that inspired Saint Augustine, Abbot Pennings and his companions, and the benefactors of Archmere’s Student Life Center.

 

– Father McLaughlin

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Jesus Gave Himself


Today’s Word:

Jesus Christ gave Himself … to cleanse for himself a people as his own” (Titus 2:14)


On This Date…

ONovember 11, 397, Saint Martin of Tours, France was buried, having died on November 8th at age 81. He became a soldier at 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and, after leaving the army, became a monk, a priest, and finally a bishop. When he was 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918, the armistice was signed ending World War I; during the war 8.5+ million armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those living and deceased, who have served in the military.

On November 11, 1989, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77; he had served at Archmere for 51 years.

On November 11, 2014, the Freedom Walk at Archmere was dedicated at 11:00 AM; the walk contains the names of all Archmere graduates who have served in the military.

At Mass today we heard that “Jesus Christ gave Himself … to cleanse for himself a people as his own” – Saint Martin, Father Diny, and those who gave military service.

 

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– Father McLaughlin