Upon This Rock I Will Build…

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

On June 29, 1932 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem. in Montana, appointing him the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. Father McKeough telegraphed his response that same day: “Will do as you say. Sounds great.” The next day Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy.

In today’s Gospel for the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Father McKeough was the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin

Saints Peter and Paul

Saints Peter and Paul

The House of the Lord

Today’s Word:

“I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6cd)

 


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Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice

On This Date…

On October 12, 1932, a Wednesday, Bishop Edmond J. FitzMaurice of Wilmington dedicated Archmere at 3:00 PM. The ceremony was held in the chapel of The Patio, the Raskob music room. Abbot Pennings was present, along with about 300 guests. In his welcoming remarks Bishop FitzMaurice said, “I extend to you in behalf of the Wilmington Diocese a hearty welcome and may Saint Norbert, the great Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, through whose inspiration and symbol you live, be ever an inspiration to you.”

At Mass today we prayed, “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”. We give thanks for Archmere’s Patio, dedicated as “the house of the Lord.”

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The Patio

– Father McLaughlin

Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., The Rock

Today’s Word:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16:18)

On This Date…

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., who was in Montana. In the telegraph, Abbot Pennings appointed Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy.

Father McKeough telegraphed Abbot Pennings that same day with his response, “Will do as you say. Sounds great.”

The following day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy. The school opened its doors in September of 1932 with a student enrollment of 22.

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Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

Today is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

On this special day in Archmere’s history, may we remember Father McKeough – the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin