The Loaves and Fishes of Their Lives

Today’s Word:

Give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:16)

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On This Date…

On August 3, 1134, a Friday, Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert.

Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America on November 1, 1893. They settled in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they founded Saint Norbert Abbey. A total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere.

Berne Abbey is the oldest extant religious community in The Netherlands. It currently has 27 priests and brothers.

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Berne Abbey

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles regarding the feeding of a vast crowd: “Give them some food yourselves.” For 880 years, the Norbertines of Berne Abbey have been giving the loaves and fishes of their lives, for the care of God’s people. Archmere has been blessed by the Norbertines of Berne Abbey, as well as the Norbertines of De Pere and Daylesford.

– Father McLaughlin

Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
(Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in De Pere, Wisconsin, telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., in Shelby, Montana, appointing Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. He telegraphed his repsonse at 4:33 p.m. that same day:

Will do as you wish. Sounds great.

The next day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval to open Archmere Academy.

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Abbot Pennings and Father McKeough built Archmere on the rock of their faith in Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin

Missionaries With A Vision

Today’s Word:

Give and gifts will be given to you …the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you. (Luke 6:38)


On This Date…

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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 who took him to Ireland and forced him 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 a bishop, and then returned to pagan Ireland where he spread the Gospel for 30 years, often in great danger. He died at the site of his first church.

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On March 17, 1955, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, 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. He also served as paster of Saint Joseph Parish in De Pere from 1890 until his death.

Both Saint Patrick and Abbot Pennings lived out Jesus’ word in today’s Gospel, “Give and gifts will be given to you …the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

– Father McLaughlin