We Are God’s Children

Today’s Word:

“We are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2)


On This Date…
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On November 1, 1893 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy, and two Norbertine companions, boarded a boat in Holland to come to America as missionaries. That afternoon Abbot Pennings wrote to his mother, “This morning we got up at 4:00 AM, and exactly at 4:30 AM we rode off to Church, where we had the privilege of offering up Holy Mass in honor of All Saints and especially of her who is called Star of the Sea, the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

On November 1, 1983, a Tuesday, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated Archmere’s Library and Performing Arts Center, and celebrated the first school Mass in our theatre.

At Mass today JaNyiah Rothwell ’17 read, “We are God’s children now” and Keelin Reilly ’17, representing all at Mass, sang “Lord, this is the people that longs to see Your face” (Psalm 24:6) – the “Good News” that inspired Abbot Pennings and Bishop Mardaga.

– Father McLaughlin

The Solemnity of All Saints


Today’s Word:

“We are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2)


On This Date…

On November 1, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere Academy, left Holland by boat for America with two fellow missionaries. It was stormy at sea, but Abbot Pennings wrote that day, “We are not afraid; after all, this morning we entrusted ourselves to all the Saints.” They had celebrated Mass at 4:30 AM for the Feast of All Saints.

On November 1, 1946, Karol Josef Wojtyla was ordained a priest in Poland. He celebrated his First Mass on November 2nd, All Souls Day, commenting that his First Mass was actually three masses. Today we honor Saint John Paul II, elected pope on October 16,1978 and canonized on April 27, 2014.

On November 1, 1983, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated the Library and the Performing Arts Center, celebrating the first Mass in our theatre, where we continue to celebrate our monthly school Masses.

At Mass today we heard Saint John say, “We are God’s children now”. Such good news enables missionaries to leave home to serve in foreign lands, seminarians to say “yes” to the call to priesthood, school to be opened and dedicated, and all of us to “entrust ourselves to all the Saints.”

– Father McLaughlinAll-Saints

Foundations

Today’s Word:

“Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone” (Ephesians 2:20)


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The Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere

On October 28, 1973, a Sunday, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated the Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere. Assisting Bishop Mardaga was Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., headmaster and Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., principal and math teacher. The building was named in honor of Father Diny who taught chemistry, math, and Latin before becoming headmaster in 1946. Before the science building was constructed, biology, chemistry, and physics were taught in The Manor and 9th grade science was taught in the current language lab in St. Norbert Hall.

At Mass today we heard that we are “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone”. At Archmere we are also built on the foundation of teachers and administrators like Father Diny and Father Sliben.

– Father McLaughlin

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Father Justin Diny, O.Praem