The Greatest Among You Must Be Your Servant

Today’s Word:

“The greatest among you must be your servant” (Matthew 23:11)


On This Date…

On March 3, 1175, Norbertine Abbot Frederick died in Holland. He was the son of a poor widow, became first a teacher, then a priest, and finally a Norbertine. Just before he died he asked his community, “Pray for me because I could not care for the poor as much as I wished since the monastery was so poor.” He has been honored as a saint since 1728.

On March 3, 1955, Mother Katharine Drexel died in Philadelphia at age 96. She and her two sisters were raised in Philadelphia by their father, a widower and banker; he set up a trust fund for his daughters. Her two sisters married but Katharine became a nun and founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1891. Mother Katharine established 145 Catholic missions and built 112 schools for Native Americans and 50 schools for African Americans, donating her trust fund of 20 million dollars to her missions and schools. Mother Katharine was canonized a saint in 2000.

On March 3, 1996, Cardinal John Krol died in Philadelphia at age 85; at age 9 he worked in a butcher shop and in high school he did carpentry and managed the meat department of a grocery store. He was ordained a priest in 1937 and was Archbishop of Philadelphia from 1961 to 1988. On August 15, 1967 he dedicated Daylesford Abbey.

Abbot Frederick, Mother Katharine, and Cardinal lived Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel: “The greatest among you must be your servant”.

– Father McLaughlin

Lent Devotional

The Solemnity of The Assumption

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)


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The Panama Canal

On This Date…

On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, providing a short shipping route of 48 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The cost was great in terms of dollars and human lives; over 5,600 workers died building the canal. Over 1 million vessels have passed through the canal.

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob in his Wilmington office concerning the first payment due to him for the purchase of Archmere.

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. The Norbertines of Daylesford continue to sponsor Archmere Academy.

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On August 15, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption, marking the moment when Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul to heaven. Today is a holy day of obligation, and about 300 athletes, coaches, and parents gathered in Archmere’s theater for Mass.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth said to her cousin, Mary of Nazareth, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” May what we say to each other this year cause joy, a canal opening up all sorts of relationships in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and between friends.

– Father McLaughlin

Greet One Another With Joy

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)


On This Date…

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob at his Wilmington office to discuss the first payment for the property of Archmere.

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Cardinal John J. Krol

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. Archmere Kairos retreatants assemble in the abbey church several times during each Kairos retreat.

On August 15, 2013 – today – over 200 athletes, coaches, and parents assembled in Archmere’s theatre to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. We do not know the actual date of her death (or her “falling asleep”), but we observe it today.

Mr. John Jordan '80

Mr. John Jordan ’80

Before Mass, Principal Mr. John Jordan ’80 welcomed us, especially the transfer students and the incoming members of the Class of 2017. Mr. Jordan also introduced Archmere’s new Campus Minister, Mr. William Gabriel.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth says to her cousin Mary, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

As we near the start of a new school year, may what we say to each other cause joy.

– Father McLaughlin