Roses of Our Lady

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 Tuesday, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the hilltop where he would find roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady, who sent him to the bishop as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Of Our Lady, her cousin Elizabeth said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, and so can we.

– Father McLaughlin

Greet One Another With Joy

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)

On This Date…

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob at his Wilmington office to discuss the first payment for the property of Archmere.

archbishop cardinal krol diocese of philadelphia

Cardinal John J. Krol

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. Archmere Kairos retreatants assemble in the abbey church several times during each Kairos retreat.

On August 15, 2013 – 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 into Heaven. We do not know the actual date of her death (or her “falling asleep”), but we observe it today.

Mr. John Jordan '80

Mr. John Jordan ’80

Before Mass, Principal Mr. John Jordan ’80 welcomed us, especially the transfer students and the incoming members of the Class of 2017. Mr. Jordan also introduced Archmere’s new Campus Minister, Mr. William Gabriel.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth says to her cousin Mary, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

As we near the start of a new school year, may what we say to each other cause joy.

– Father McLaughlin