The Loaves and Fishes of Their Lives

Today’s Word:

Give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:16)

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On This Date…

On August 3, 1134, a Friday, Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert.

Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America on November 1, 1893. They settled in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they founded Saint Norbert Abbey. A total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere.

Berne Abbey is the oldest extant religious community in The Netherlands. It currently has 27 priests and brothers.

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Berne Abbey

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles regarding the feeding of a vast crowd: “Give them some food yourselves.” For 880 years, the Norbertines of Berne Abbey have been giving the loaves and fishes of their lives, for the care of God’s people. Archmere has been blessed by the Norbertines of Berne Abbey, as well as the Norbertines of De Pere and Daylesford.

– Father McLaughlin

Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
(Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in De Pere, Wisconsin, telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., in Shelby, Montana, appointing Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. He telegraphed his repsonse at 4:33 p.m. that same day:

Will do as you wish. Sounds great.

The next day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval to open Archmere Academy.

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Abbot Pennings and Father McKeough built Archmere on the rock of their faith in Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin

The Feast of Saint Joseph: Protector of The Holy Family

Today’s Word:

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home. (Matthew 1:24)


On This Date…

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On March 19, 1955, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., founder of Archmere, was buried in De Pere, Wisconsin. The date of his burial was significant because he served as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in De Pere from 1900 until 1955.

Abbot Pennings used to lay on the cold floor of Saint Joseph Church at night, begging Saint Joseph to intercede for the new and small Norbertine community in America. When he was later credited with many successes, he responded, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis was inaugurated as the 266th pope. In his homily that day, he called on all people to protect children, the elderly, and those in need, citing Saint Joseph’s care of the Holy Family.

In Today’s Gospel, we hear, “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home.” Like Saint Joseph, we care for the members of our immediate family.

– Father McLaughlin