Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

On November 13, 354 Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion (387) he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

On November 13, 1963 Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006 ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Listen to God and Believe

Today’s Word:

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

On August 15, 1932 Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob in Wilmington concerning a first payment for the property of Archmere.

On August 15, 1967 Archbishop John Krol of Philadelphia dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey; Archmere’s faculty & staff, juniors & seniors will use the church this year for retreat masses, as will the three Kairos Retreats.

On August 15, 2016, 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, body and soul, into Heaven. Before Mass Mr. John Jordan ’80 welcomed all, especially transfer students and members of the Class of 2020.

In today’s Gospel Elizabeth said to her cousin, Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. May we listen to God and believe.

– Father McLaughlin

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Salt and Light

Today’s Word:

“You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13-14)


On This Date…

Adrian and James O.Praem, Martyrs of Gorcum

Adrian and James O.Praem, Martyrs of Gorcum

On July 9, 1572 two Norbertines, Father Adrian (pastor), 43 years old, and Father James (associate pastor), 30 years old, opened their rectory door in Holland to answer what they thought was an urgent request to give the Last Rites to a dying man; they were tricked and were then arrested for being Catholic priests. They were led to an abandoned monastery where they, with 17 other priests and religious, were told to renounce their faith. Adrian and James refused and were hanged from the rafters, and, after their deaths, their bodies were badly mutilated and thrown into a ditch. Norbertines honor them today as martyrs for the faith.

Today at Daylesford Abbey Deacon Gerard Jordan was ordained a Norbertine priest. In the Gospel proclaimed today Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world”. Saints Adrian and James were salt and light, great examples of priestly service for Father Gerard Jordan, and for us.

– Father McLaughlin