Responding to Jesus

Today’s Word:

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)” (Matthew 4:19)


On This Date…

On November 30, 1884 Mrs. Helena Green Raskob was born in Maryland; she married John Raskob in 1906 and they moved to Archmere in 1910 with their oldest four children; nine more children were born at Archmere.

On November 30, 1983 Father Robert Sromovsky, O.Praem. died In DePere, Wisconsin at age 78; he taught music at Archmere from 1934 to 1937 and composed Archmere’s first school song.

On November 30, 1988 Father Neal McLaughlin, O.Praem. died in DePere at age 70; he began as a freshman at Archmere on September 14, 1932 and later taught at Archmere from 1945 to 1947.

November 30 is the Feast of Saint Andrew, a fisherman along with his brother, Simon Peter, and both were fishing partners with James and John. Jesus said to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)”. We marvel at their quick and generous response.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew

Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

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

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

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

On November 13, 2006 ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Pietate et Scientia

Today’s Word:

Pietate et Scientia”  (Reverance and Wisdom)

 – Archmere Academy’s motto


On This Date…

On January 27, 1540, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, died in Italy at age 70. Locally the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in Wilmington in 1893, whose motto is “Serviam” (May I serve). Many graduates of Ursuline Lower School have attended Archmere.

On January 27, 1947, Walter Ziegler, age 23 and Thomas Filbrandt, age 22 were killed in a car crash on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, WI; both were Archmere graduates and both were Norbertine seminarians.

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Father Michael T. Collins

On January 27, 2015, Father Michael Collins, a 1968 graduate of Archmere and a Norbertine priest, was buried at Daylesford after the Funeral Mass in the abbey church. Archmere’s Mastersingers sang “Ave Maria” during the Preparation of the Gifts, a rendition Father Collins very much loved.

During this Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate Archmere as a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. We thank God for Norbertines like Father Collins, Frater Ziegler and Frater Filbrandt – who lived Archmere’s motto “Pietate et Scientia”.

– Father McLaughlin