Enjoying The Fullness of Life

Today’s Word:

Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him” (Mark 3:14)


On This Date…

On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court rendered the decision in Roe vs. Wade to permit abortion. Today in Washington, DC the annual March for Life was held, as it has been every year since 1973. Today’s issue of The Dialog has a front-page picture of the  Wilmington March for Life, held on January 15; in the picture is Father Anthony Pileggi, Archmere Class of 1987.

Father Michael Collins

Father Michael Collins

On January 22, 2015 Father Michael Collins, O.Praem. died suddenly at Daylesford Abbey at age 64; he was a 1968 graduate of Archmere and spent 34 years at Archmere as teacher, assistant athletic director, and dean of student life.

In today’s Gospel Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him”. Father Collins now enjoys the fullness of life with the One who called him to priesthood.

– Father McLaughlin

Keeping the Faith

Today’s Word:

“I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)


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Vincent J. Filliben ’47

On This Date…

Today in Archmere’s Theatre was the Funeral Mass for Vincent James Filliben, ’47, a teacher and coach at Archmere from 1954 to 1992. The basketball/volleyball court in The Moglia Fieldhouse was dedicated to Vince on January 30, 2010. Vince played football, basketball, and baseball at Archmere, coached all three at Archmere, and was Athletic Director. He was an altar server and Vice President of his senior class.

Last evening the Viewing for Vince was held in The Patio where Vince attended classes from 1943 to 1947. Three of Vince’s children attended Archmere: Vincent ’78, Anne ’84, and Sean ’86. Every year an Archmere senior receives an athletic award named for Vince’s son, Mark, who died in 1965. Three of Vince’s brothers also attended Archmere.

Concelebrating with me today were two Archmere alumni who are priests of the Diocese of Wilmington: Father John Hynes ’57 and Father Anthony Pileggi ’87. Vince coached Father Hynes.

On the cover of the Mass booklet today were these words of Saint Paul to his younger disciple, Timothy: “I have competed well, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”. As Vince did, so may we compete well and keep the faith.

– Father McLaughlin