Foundations

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…

Justin E. Diny Science Center

Justin E. Diny Science Center

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 opened, biology, chemistry, and physics were taught in The Manor; frosh science was taught in what is now Room 004 in St. Norbert Hall.

In the first reading at Mass for October 28th Saint Paul writes 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

 

Open the Doors to Christ

Today’s Word:

“I have come to set the earth on fire” (Luke 12:49)


On This Date…

On October 22, 1978 Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as pope. In his homily during the Mass he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He served as pope until his death on April 2, 2005, just short of his 85th birthday, the 2nd longest pope in church history. He was canonized in 2014.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I have come to set the earth on fire”. Saint John Paul II set the world on fire with his faith, hope, and love. As he said, “Open the doors to Christ.”

– Father McLaughlin

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

Models of Christian Service

 

On This Date…

On September 15, 1932, the second day of school for the new Archmere Academy, Mr. John Oakes, a teacher and football coach, invited students to join the first football team. Of the 17 Archmere students then enrolled, 15 joined the team, 1 became the manager, and 1 became the cheerleader. The whole school was involved. The first football game was played on October 2, 1932, against Saint James High School in Penns Grove, New Jersey. Now Archmere has 11 varsity sports for men, 11 varsity sports for women, and 2 co-ed varsity sports, along with 26 clubs that will welcome students at Thursday’s 7th Annual Activities Fair.

In today’s Gospel (John 19:25-27) for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we hear that standing by the Cross of Jesus were his Mother, her sister, 2 other women, and John (the “beloved disciple”). They, too, formed a “team” – a group of family and friends to support Jesus in His dying moments – a model of “Christian Service.”

– Father McLaughlin

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Archmere Academy 1932 Football Team