Trust in the Lord and Do Good

Today’s Word:

“Trust in the Lord and do good” (Psalm 37:3)

On This Date…

On January 27, 1540 Saint Angela Merici died in Italy at age 70. She was orphaned at an early age. She was moved by the poverty and ignorance of poor girls and at age 65 organized a group of 28 women into a religious community – the Ursulines – who did not wear a traditional religious habit, take traditional vows or live in convents. Locally, the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in 1893; the school motto is “Serviam” (“that I might serve”).

On January 27, 1947 Walter Ziegler ’40 and Thomas Filbrandt ’42, both Archmere graduates and Norbertine seminarians, were killed in a car crash in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School. Sitting between them in the back seat was Robert Sliben who was ordained in 1949 and who taught at Archmere from 1949 to 1990.

On January 27, 2017 nine Archmere students and two faculty – Mr. Mengers and Ms, Hudson – went to Washington, DC for the Annual March for Life. At today’s Mass in school we prayed, “Trust in the Lord and do good” – inspiring us to be “prepared for every good work.”

– 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




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…


The Justin E. Diny Science Center at Archmere

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 was constructed, biology, chemistry, and physics were taught in The Manor and 9th grade science was taught in the current language lab in St. Norbert Hall.

At Mass today we heard 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


Father Justin Diny, O.Praem