54 Years of Goodness & Knowledge

Today’s Word:

I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge. (Romans 15:14)


On This Date..

O Sunday, November 8, 1959, Bishop Michael Hyle of Wilmington dedicated Saint Norbert Hall.

Bishop William Hyle

Bishop William Hyle

After blessing the cornerstone on the outside wall of the current Oratory (the library in 1959), there was a ceremony on the front steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Then, the guests proceeded into the new auditorium (our current library) for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a dedication address given by Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster from 1932 to 1936. Among the guests were Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O.Praem. of Saint Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin; Honorable J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of Delaware; and Honorable John. J. Williams, U.S. Senator for Delaware.

Today, Archmere’s varisty football team gathered in the Oratory for their weekly team Mass. They heard these words of Saint Paul, “I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge.” We are thankful for all the goodness and knowledge given and received in Saint Norbert Hall these 54 years.

– Father McLaughlin

Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., The Rock

Today’s Word:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16:18)

On This Date…

abbot bernard pennings golden jubilee

Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., who was in Montana. In the telegraph, Abbot Pennings appointed Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy.

Father McKeough telegraphed Abbot Pennings that same day with his response, “Will do as you say. Sounds great.”

The following day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy. The school opened its doors in September of 1932 with a student enrollment of 22.

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Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

Today is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

On this special day in Archmere’s history, may we remember Father McKeough – the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin