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