The Feast of Saint Francis De Sales

Today’s Word:

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35)

On This Date…

Today is the feast of Saint Francis De Sales, the patron of the Diocese of Wilmington, who lived from 1567 to 1622. At age 15 he went to the University of Paris to study rhetoric, philosophy, and theology. He received a doctorate in law from the University of Padua at age 24. His father had arranged a marriage for him, but Francis elected to be a priest and was ordained at age 26. He was an eloquent preacher and was devoted to the poor and the sick. He became a bishop in 1602. He said, “We must hold it an absolute fact that (we) do more through love and charity than through severity and harshness.” He died on December 28, 1622; on January 24, 1623 his body arrived at his hometown for burial.

Each spring Bishop W. Francis Malooly awards the Saint Francis De Sales Medal to ten seniors in each of the eight Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Wilmington. In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother”. Saint Francis De Sales was a brother to Jesus and is a model for us.

– Father McLaughlin

Let’s Think About It

Today’s Word:

“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge” (Psalm 90:1)

On This Date…

On September 22, 1934 Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem. was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel, the Music Room that Mrs. Raskob said was meant “to strengthen the soul.” Father Reuss was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Norbertines in Wisconsin in 1929. Father Reuss had a law degree from the Catholic University of America; he became a professor at Saint Norbert College and also had a nightly radio program on WBAY in Green Bay, entitled “Let’s think about it.” The ordination of Father Reuss was the first one in The Patio.

Of the 16 students who began at Archmere on the morning of September 14, 1932, 3 of them, all Juniors in 1934, were ordained priests (2 for the Norbertines and 1 for Diocese of Wilmington). All 3 returned to teach at Archmere.

Autumn officially began at 10:21 AM EDT today; the sun crossed the Equator, and day and night are of about equal length. At Mass we prayed, “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge”. In the words of Father Reuss, “Let’s think about it.”

– Father McLaughlin



Today’s Word:

“Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone” (Ephesians 2:20)

On This Date…


The Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere

On October 28, 1973, a Sunday, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated the Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere. Assisting Bishop Mardaga was Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., headmaster and Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., principal and math teacher. The building was named in honor of Father Diny who taught chemistry, math, and Latin before becoming headmaster in 1946. Before the science building was constructed, biology, chemistry, and physics were taught in The Manor and 9th grade science was taught in the current language lab in St. Norbert Hall.

At Mass today we heard that we are “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone”. At Archmere we are also built on the foundation of teachers and administrators like Father Diny and Father Sliben.

– Father McLaughlin


Father Justin Diny, O.Praem