“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.
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