Lift High The Cross

Today’s Word:

“…lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life” (John 3:15)


On This Date…

cross-of-christ-0104On September 14, 320 a remnant of the Cross of Jesus was discovered near His traditional tomb. Today is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

On September 14, 1716 Boston Light, America’s oldest lighthouse, was lighted for the first time. The beam of the lighthouse is visible for 27 miles, a major aid to navigation. The lightkeeper is Sally Snowman, the first female lightkeeper, who has been on duty for 13 years.

On September 14, 1932, a Wednesday, Archmere Academy opened for the first time, with 16 boys in the morning, and a 17th arriving in the afternoon; there were 7 faculty – 4 Norbertines and 3 laymen.

In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks about being “lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life”. We sang at Mass, “Lift high the Cross.” Like Boston Light, the Cross helps us navigate our lives, the reason Archmere Academy opened in 1932.

– Father McLaughlin

Take up Your Cross and Follow Me

Today’s Word:

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)


On This Date…

On August 5, 1932 Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s 1st headmaster, arrived in Wilmington from Wisconsin; he took up residence at Archmere on August 8th.

On August 5, 1946 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem. was appointed Archmere’s 4th headmaster; he had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996 Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., Archmere’s 2nd principal, died a week after falling in St. Norbert Church in Paoli at the end of Mass; he taught at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002 Father George Feldman, O.Praem., a 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in DePere, Wisconsin; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958 as teacher and assistant headmaster.

On August 5, 435 the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was dedicated in Rome; the arch and the mosaic in the arch date from 435 AD. Archmere was dedicated to Our Lady in 1932.

In today’s First Friday Gospel Jesus says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”. Our Lady and Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben and Feldman lived that Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin

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