God’s Children

Today’s Word:

“Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3:2)


On This Date…

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

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

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

At Mass today we hear Saint John say, “Beloved, we are God’s children now”, great news for us on this November 13th – a Friday!

– Father McLaughlin

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All Things Are Possible

Today’s Word:

“All things are possible for God” (Mark 10:27)


On This Date…

Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

On October 11, 1898 Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. taught a Latin class to Francis Vandyke, the first student at Saint Norbert College; the second and third students arrived on October 18 and 25, 1898. All three became Norbertines and teachers. The first gym at Saint Norbert College was named for Father VanDyke who became athletic director of the college in 1910. Today marks the beginning of the Norbertine education apostolate in North America.

On October 11, 1962 the Second Vatican Council opened in Rome; it lasted for four sessions over four years, concluding on December 8, 1965. Participating in the Council were 3,058 bishops and religious superiors, including 416 from North America.

Pope John XXIII told the Council ‘s delegates on this day in 1962: “Divine Providence is leading us to a new order of human relations.” Pope John XXIII was canonized on April 27, 2014 and today is his feast day.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “All things are possible for God”. Father Pennings and Pope John XXIII believed those words of Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin

The Cheerful Giver

Today’s Word:

“Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)


On This Date…

On August 10, 1893, Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem., abbot of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to the July 20, 1893 request of the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to send Norbertines to work in the Diocese of Green Bay. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., and two other missionaries left Holland for America on November 1, 1893; they were later followed by an additional 23 missionaries from Berne Abbey.

On August 10, 258, the Deacon Lawrence was martyred in Rome, for his reverence for and service to the poor. He called the poor the “treasures of the Church.”

In the first reading for today’s Mass, Saint Paul says, “Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver”. Saint Lawrence was cheerful to the very end. The Norbertines of Holland were cheerful and bountiful sowers, leaving their abbey and coming to serve in America, founding Archmere in 1932.

– Father McLaughlin

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Saint Lawrence