Take up Your Cross and Follow Me

Today’s Word:

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24)


On This Date…

On August 5, 1932 Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s 1st headmaster, arrived in Wilmington from Wisconsin; he took up residence at Archmere on August 8th.

On August 5, 1946 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem. was appointed Archmere’s 4th headmaster; he had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996 Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., Archmere’s 2nd principal, died a week after falling in St. Norbert Church in Paoli at the end of Mass; he taught at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002 Father George Feldman, O.Praem., a 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in DePere, Wisconsin; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958 as teacher and assistant headmaster.

On August 5, 435 the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was dedicated in Rome; the arch and the mosaic in the arch date from 435 AD. Archmere was dedicated to Our Lady in 1932.

In today’s First Friday Gospel Jesus says, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”. Our Lady and Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben and Feldman lived that Gospel.

– Father McLaughlin

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“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me”

Today’s Word:

“Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)


On This Date…

On November 11, 397 Saint Martin, Bishop of Tours, France, was buried, having died on November 8th at age 81. He became a soldier at 15, was baptized a Catholic Christian at 18, and , after leaving the army he became a monk, a priest, and bishop. When he was 17 he cut his military cloak in half, to give one half to a beggar who was cold.

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Beau Biden ’87

On November 11, 1918 the armistice was signed ending World War I, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. During the First World War 8,538,315 armed forces were killed, including 126,000 Americans. The name “Armistice Day” was changed in 1954 to “Veterans Day” to honor all those, living and deceased, who have served in the military. According to today’s News Journal, Delaware’s new National Guard headquarters in New Castle will be named in honor of the late Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, III ’87, who served in Iraq with the Delaware National Guard.

On November 11, 1989 Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s 4th headmaster, died in Sacred Heart Hospital in Chester, PA at age 77, after suffering a heart attack in The Patio during Mass. Father Diny served at Archmere for 51 years (1937-1944, 1946-1989).

In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whatever you did to one of these least of mine, you did for me” – so true of Saint Martin, Father Diny, and Beau Biden.

– Father McLaughlin

Great Is Your Faith

Today’s Word:

“O woman, great is your faith” (Matthew 15:28)


On This Date…

On August 5, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s 1st headmaster, arrived in Wilmington from Wisconsin; he took up residence at Archmere on August 8th.

On August 5, 1946, Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., was appointed Archmere’s 4th headmaster; he had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996, Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., Archmere’s 2nd principal, died a week after falling in Saint Norbert Church in Paoli at the end of Mass; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002, Father George Feldman, O.Praem., 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in De Pere, Wisconsin; he served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958 as teacher and assistant headmaster.

On August 5, 435, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was dedicated in Rome to honor Mary as the Mother of God; Archmere was dedicated to Our Lady in 1932.

In today’s Gospel Jesus said to the Canaanite mother, “O woman, great is your faith”. So was the faith of Our Lady and that of Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben, and Feldman.

– Father McLaughlin

 

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