God’s Children

Today’s Word:

“Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2)


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 Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in America by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries to Wisconsin.

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

At Mass today we hear Saint John say, “Beloved, we are God’s children now”, great news for us on this November 13th – a Friday!

– Father McLaughlin

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“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me”

Today’s Word:

“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)


On This Date…

On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop 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 he became a monk, a priest, and bishop. When he was 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

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Beau Biden ’87

On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During the First World War 8,538,315 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. According to today’s News Journal, Delaware’s new National Guard headquarters in New Castle will be named in honor of the late Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, III ’87, who served in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.

On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack in The Patio during Mass. Father Diny served at Archmere for 51 years (1937-1944, 1946-1989).

In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” – so true of Saint Martin, Father Diny, and Beau Biden.

– Father McLaughlin

The Temple of God

Today’s Word:

“the temple of God, which you are, is holy” (1 Corinthians 3:17)


On This Date…

Archmere Academy St. Norbert Hall

Archmere Academy St. Norbert Hall

On November 8, 1959 Bishop Michael Hyle of Wilmington dedicated Saint Norbert Hall; in attendance were the governor and senator of Delaware, Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O.Praem of Saint Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin and Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster (1932-1936), who gave the dedication address. As you know, Saint Norbert Hall is now undergoing major reconstruction, and that, too, will be dedicated.

On November 9, 324 the Church of Saint John Lateran, Rome’s cathedral, was dedicated; it was the site of five ecumenical councils and was the pope’s residence before the Vatican.

At Mass today we hear these words: “the temple of God, which you are, is holy”, inspiring for a dedication anniversary and for a school community.

– Father McLaughlin