On January 27, 1540 Saint Angela Merici died in Italy at age 70. She was orphaned at an early age. She was moved by the poverty and ignorance of poor girls and at age 65 organized a group of 28 women into a religious community – the Ursulines – who did not wear a traditional religious habit, take traditional vows or live in convents. Locally, the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in 1893; the school motto is “Serviam” (“that I might serve”).
On January 27, 1947 Walter Ziegler ’40 and Thomas Filbrandt ’42, both Archmere graduates and Norbertine seminarians, were killed in a car crash in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School. Sitting between them in the back seat was Robert Sliben who was ordained in 1949 and who taught at Archmere from 1949 to 1990.
On January 27, 2017 nine Archmere students and two faculty – Mr. Mengers and Ms, Hudson – went to Washington, DC for the Annual March for Life. At today’s Mass in school we prayed, “Trust in the Lord and do good” – inspiring us to be “prepared for every good work.”
“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35)
On This Date…
Today is the feast of Saint Francis De Sales, the patron of the Diocese of Wilmington, who lived from 1567 to 1622. At age 15 he went to the University of Paris to study rhetoric, philosophy, and theology. He received a doctorate in law from the University of Padua at age 24. His father had arranged a marriage for him, but Francis elected to be a priest and was ordained at age 26. He was an eloquent preacher and was devoted to the poor and the sick. He became a bishop in 1602. He said, “We must hold it an absolute fact that (we) do more through love and charity than through severity and harshness.” He died on December 28, 1622; on January 24, 1623 his body arrived at his hometown for burial.
Each spring Bishop W. Francis Malooly awards the Saint Francis De Sales Medal to ten seniors in each of the eight Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Wilmington. In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother”. Saint Francis De Sales was a brother to Jesus and is a model for us.
“New wine is poured into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2:22)
On This Date…
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On January 15, 1929 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; his mother was the daughter of the previous pastor of Ebenezer Church. In high school Dr. King skipped both the 9th and 12th grades. He entered Morehouse College at age 15; at the end of his junior year he resolved to enter the seminary; he was ordained a minister during his senior year in college. From 1948 to 1951 he earned a Bachelor of Divinity Degree at Crozer Theological seminary in Chester, PA; he was valedictorian. He married his wife, Coretta, in 1953.
In the Gospel for tomorrow, the official birthday this year for Dr. King, Jesus says, “New wine is poured into fresh wineskins”. One commentator noted that Dr. King’s message – “freedom for slaves in law and in fact, without blood being shed, save his own” – is an example of new wine in fresh wineskins. May people say of us, “They are filled with new wine” (Acts 2:13).