Pietate et Scientia

Today’s Word:

Pietate et Scientia”  (Reverance and Wisdom)

 – Archmere Academy’s motto


On This Date…

On January 27, 1540, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, died in Italy at age 70. Locally the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in Wilmington in 1893, whose motto is “Serviam” (May I serve). Many graduates of Ursuline Lower School have attended Archmere.

On January 27, 1947, Walter Ziegler, age 23 and Thomas Filbrandt, age 22 were killed in a car crash on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, WI; both were Archmere graduates and both were Norbertine seminarians.

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Father Michael T. Collins

On January 27, 2015, Father Michael Collins, a 1968 graduate of Archmere and a Norbertine priest, was buried at Daylesford after the Funeral Mass in the abbey church. Archmere’s Mastersingers sang “Ave Maria” during the Preparation of the Gifts, a rendition Father Collins very much loved.

During this Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate Archmere as a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. We thank God for Norbertines like Father Collins, Frater Ziegler and Frater Filbrandt – who lived Archmere’s motto “Pietate et Scientia”.

– Father McLaughlin

Standing Up For Freedom Together

Today’s Word:

“We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


On This Date…

Onimages January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. Dr. King skipped 9th and 12th grades and entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the ministry. In February 1948, four months after his college graduation, he was ordained a minister, at age 19. For three years he studied at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, PA, and was valedictorian at graduation in 1951. In his famous August 28, 1963 speech, Dr. King dreamed that “all of God’s children” will be “free at last.”

On Monday, January 19th, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, 135,000 volunteers will join hands in 1,800 projects and events throughout the Philadelphia area. As Dr. King said, “We will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, … to stand up for freedom together.”

– Father McLaughlin

A Model Missionary

Today’s Word:

“Jesus went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people” (Matthew 4:23)


On This Date…

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Saint John Neumann

On January 5, 1860, Bishop John Neumann collapsed on Vine Street in Philadelphia and died at age 48; he had become the 4th bishop of Philadelphia in 1852. He was one of 6 children, born in the Czech Republic in 1811. Putting aside his desires to be a physicist, an astronomer, and a physician, John Neumann entered the seminary, emigrated to the United States at age 24, and was ordained priest in New York in 1836. He first served as a missionary in New York and Pennsylvania, attending to many immigrants (he spoke 8 languages).

In Philadelphia, Bishop Neumann opened 58 Catholic schools, finished the cathedral, initiated the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion in parishes, wrote 2 German catechisms, and totally spent himself in service to farmers, coal miners, and the rural poor. Bishop Neumann is buried in Saint Peter’s Church in Philadelphia. Bishop Neumann was canonized a saint in 1977. Saint John Neumann High School, staffed by the Norbertines from 1934 to 2000, is the alma mater of Mr. Burdziak, Mr. Malseed, Father Zagarella, and myself.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus “went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the people”. Like Christ, Bishop Neumann taught, preached, and attended the sick – a model missionary.

– Father McLaughlin