Just Do It

Today’s Word:

Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will. (Psalm 40:9)

On This Date…

On August 22, 1932, the first meeting of the Archmere Corporation occurred in the DuPont Building in Wilmington. Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., and Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., were named Members of the Corporation.


Hotel du Pont & DuPont Building, April 1932.
Hagley Archives.

Later that day, Father McKeough wrote to Abbot Pennings in Wisconsin, “We are feeling fine and are working hard to get the new school ready.”

As of August 22, 2013, there are three Members of the Archmere Corporation: Abbot Richard Antonucci, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1973-75), Father Steven Albero, O.Praem. (Archmere teacher from 1992-95), and Mr. Michael Boyd ’59. Mr Body is a former Trustee (1993-96), and he is also the father of two graduates, Jennifer ’85 and Timothy ’93.

At Mass today we pray, “Here I am Lord; I come to do Your will.” Today we think of all the members of the Archmere Corporation who, over the past 81 years, have helped Archmere to discern God’s will and do it.

– Father McLaughlin

Founding of the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia & Feast of Saint Julie Billiart

Archidioecesis Philadelphiensis

Archidioecesis Philadelphiensis

On This Date…

On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia, which included all of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey. Eleven diocese now serve this area. Eight of them are in Pennsylvania.

Today’s Word:

I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. (Luke 1:38)

On this date in 1816, Sister Juliet Billiart died at age 65. She was canonized in 1969. Her postulator, or guide, through the canonization process was former Norbertine Abbot General Hubert Noots.

Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Julie Billiart

Sister Julie Billiart was born into a peasant family in Picardy, France in the late 18th century. At age 7, she began teaching catechism to small children in her town. At age 14, she devoted herself to works of mercy and teaching her poor neighbors.

After the French Revolution, Sister Billiart founded a congregation of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Despite her failing health, she established 15 new convents before her death.

Notre Dame nuns established both the Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, PA, and Notre Dame High School in Moylan, PA.

In today’s Gospel, Mary of Nazareth says to the Angel Gabriel, “I am the haidmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Let us take these words to heart, as Saint Julie Billiart did.

– Father McLaughlin