Holy Ground

Today’s Word:

“Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” (Exodus 3:5)


On This Date…

The Archmere Cross

The Archmere Cross

Archmere’s 27th Annual Memorial Mass was held in The Patio today at 10:00 AM. After Communion Mr. Carl Campion ’76 read the names of the 28 alumni, faculty, and staff who have died since the last Memorial Mass (March 8, 2015). A total of 113 faculty and staff have died, 50 of them Norbertines and 10 of them alumni; a total of 608 alumni, alumnae, and students have also died. All of their names were printed in the Mass booklet and shown during a video presentation after the reading of the 28 names.

At Mass we heard God say to Moses at the Burning Bush, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground”. The Patio is truly “holy ground,” made so in great measure by those we remembered today. Through the mercy of God may they rest in peace.

– Father McLaughlin

Ambassadors For Christ

Today’s Word:

“We are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:20)


On This Date…

hugoOn February 10, 1164 Abbot Hugh of Fosses died at the Abbey of Premontre in France at age 70. He had met Saint Norbert for the first time on March 26, 1119 and was deeply affected by Norbert’s words and way of life. He joined the first Norbertine community in 1121 at Premontre and was appointed Prior (Norbert’s first assistant). When Norbert was made an archbishop in 1126 Hugh was elected as the first Abbot, serving until his death. He built the first monastery and the abbey church. Under his guidance the number of Norbertine monasteries grew to 126. He wrote one of the biographies of Saint Norbert. He never used the title “abbot” but “servant of God and Norbert.” Pope Pius XI confirmed the cult of Blessed Hugh in 1927; his remains were moved to the Norbertine headquarters in Rome in 2010. There is a beautiful statue of Blessed Hugh and Saint Norbert in the cemetery at Daylesford Abbey.

At Mass today we heard these words of Saint Paul, “We are ambassadors for Christ”. Blessed Hugh was an ambassador for Christ and Saint Norbert – a good Lenten companion for us.

– Father McLaughlin

Amazed With Joy and Gratitude

On This Date…

On February 5, 1988 Father Alexander Arendt, O. Praem. died at Daylesford Abbey at age 59. He served at Archmere from 1958 to 1976, as a teacher of German and English, and as registrar, academic dean, and assistant headmaster; he also served from 1980 to 1982, as campus minister.

Father Pedro Arrupe

Father Pedro Arrupe

On February 5, 1991 Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., retired superior general of the Jesuit Order, died in Rome at age 83. He had been a missionary in Japan in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his experience of the pain and suffering of the Japanese people forever defined him.

Father Arrupe later wrote, “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.” Mr. Carl Campion ’76 has served Archmere with love and we are “amazed with joy and gratitude.”

– Father McLaughlin