Hear God’s Voice

Today’s Word:

“If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts” (Psalm 95:8)


On This Date…

Saint Joseph

On March 19, 1925, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Father Angelo Joseph Roncalli was consecrated a bishop. In 1962, as pope, he added the name of Saint Joseph to the Roman Canon of the Mass, the first change in almost a thousand years.

On March 19, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. the founder of Archmere, was buried in DePere, Wisconsin. He had been the pastor of Saint Joseph Church in DePere from 1900 to 1955. Of his accomplishments Abbot Pennings said, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013 Pope Francis was inaugurated as pope. In his homily that day Pope Francis said that Saint Joseph was “constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply his own.”

Today at Mass we prayed, “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your hearts”. Saint John the XXIII, Abbot Pennings, and Pope Francis had ears and hearts for God’s plans.

– Father McLaughlin

Good Fruit for God’s Kingdom

Today’s Word:

“The Kingdom of God will be given to a people that will produce its fruit” (Matthew 21:43)


On This Date…

Saint Patrick

On March 17, 461 AD Saint Patrick died in Ireland at age 76. He was born in Great Britain and was kidnapped at age 16 by Irish raiders, taken to Ireland, and forced into slavery as a shepherd. Enduring hard work and harsh climate, loneliness and poverty, Patrick learned to rely on God in prayer.

After six years in captivity, Patrick escaped, made his way to the coast, and sailed for home. Later he had a dream in which he heard the Irish people say to him, “Come back and walk with us once more.” Patrick became a priest and bishop, and returned to Ireland where he spread the Gospel for 30 years, often in great danger. He died at the site of his first church.

On March 17, 1955 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy, died in Green Bay, Wisconsin at age 93. Like Saint Patrick, Abbot Pennings was a missionary, serving as the leader of American Norbertines from 1893 to 1955, and as pastor of Saint Joseph Parish in DePere from 1898 until his death.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God will be given to a people that will produce its fruit”. Saint Patrick and Abbot Pennings produced good fruit for God’s Kingdom.

– Father McLaughlin

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