Responding to Jesus

Today’s Word:

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)” (Matthew 4:19)


On This Date…

On November 30, 1884 Mrs. Helena Green Raskob was born in Maryland; she married John Raskob in 1906 and they moved to Archmere in 1910 with their oldest four children; nine more children were born at Archmere.

On November 30, 1983 Father Robert Sromovsky, O.Praem. died In DePere, Wisconsin at age 78; he taught music at Archmere from 1934 to 1937 and composed Archmere’s first school song.

On November 30, 1988 Father Neal McLaughlin, O.Praem. died in DePere at age 70; he began as a freshman at Archmere on September 14, 1932 and later taught at Archmere from 1945 to 1947.

November 30 is the Feast of Saint Andrew, a fisherman along with his brother, Simon Peter, and both were fishing partners with James and John. Jesus said to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)”. We marvel at their quick and generous response.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew

Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

On November 13, 354 Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion (387) he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

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

On November 13, 2006 ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

In God’s Heart

Today’s Word:

“Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea” (Navy Hymn)


On This Date…

On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried; he died on November 8 at age 81 (born in year 316). He became a soldier at age 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and after leaving the army became a monk, a priest, and on July 4, 371 a bishop. When he was about 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I. During that 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.

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 and then a stroke. Father Diny had served at Archmere for 51 years.

At the assembly this morning the Mastersingers sang, “Eternal Father, strong to save, whose arm doth bind the restless wave … O hear us when we cry to Thee, for those in peril on the sea”. We can pray those words tonight for Richard Grace ’44, who left Archmere at age 17, joined the Navy, and gave his life for our freedom, “in peril on the sea” no more, but in God’s heart.

– Father McLaughlin

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