Foundations

Today’s Word:

“…built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone”. (Ephesians 2:20)


On This Date…

Justin E. Diny Science Center

Justin E. Diny Science Center

On October 28, 1973, a Sunday, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated the Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere. Assisting Bishop Mardaga was Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., headmaster, and Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., principal and math teacher. The building was named in honor of Father Diny who taught chemistry, math, and Latin before becoming headmaster in 1946. Before the science building opened, biology, chemistry, and physics were taught in The Manor; frosh science was taught in what is now Room 004 in St. Norbert Hall.

In the first reading at Mass for October 28th Saint Paul writes that we are “built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone”. At Archmere we are also built on the foundation of teachers and administrators like Father Diny and Father Sliben.

– Father McLaughlin

 

Open the Doors to Christ

Today’s Word:

“I have come to set the earth on fire” (Luke 12:49)


On This Date…

On October 22, 1978 Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as pope. In his homily during the Mass he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He served as pope until his death on April 2, 2005, just short of his 85th birthday, the 2nd longest pope in church history. He was canonized in 2014.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I have come to set the earth on fire”. Saint John Paul II set the world on fire with his faith, hope, and love. As he said, “Open the doors to Christ.”

– Father McLaughlin

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Give Alms

Today’s Word:

“Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you” (Luke 11:41)


On This Date…

On October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Peter Adrian Toulorge, O.Praem., was beheaded at age 36 in the city of Coutances, France, where he had been ordained in 1782. Just before his execution, during the French Revolution, Father Toulorge prayed, “My God, I place my life in Your hands. Forgive my enemies.” He was buried in a common grave with other martyrs and was beatified in 2012. Today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, O.Praem., Archmere’s 3rd headmaster (1945-1946), died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, serving as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you”. Blessed Peter Adrian and Father Paider generously placed their lives in God’s hands.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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