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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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