Apostles of Peace

Today’s Word:

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2)


On This Date…

UnknownOn October 13, 1793 Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he forgave those who were executing him; his body was thrown into a common grave. Father Toulourge was beatified in 2012 in Coutances; today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985 Norbertine Father Roger Paider, Archmere’s third headmaster (1945-1946) died of cancer at age 71. He was at Archmere from 1944 to 1961, as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford.

Today at Mass we heard these words: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. The lives of Blessed Pierre-Adrien and Father Paider brought grace and peace to those they served – like Saint Norbert, “apostles of peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

God Works Through Us

Today’s Word:

O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you. (Psalm 102:1)


On This Date…

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On April 8, 1808, Pope Pius VII established the Catholic Diocese of Philadelphia. It included all of Pennsylvania, all of Delaware, and the southern half of New Jersey.

Eleven dioceses now serve this area, eight of which are located in Pennsylvania. The first bishop of Philadelphia was Bishop Michael Egan, OFM, who died on July 22, 1814.

Founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Saint Julie Billiart

On April 8, 1816, Sister Julie Billiart died in France at age 65. She was born into a peasant family in Picardy, France. She began teaching catechism to small children in her town at age 7, and at age 14, she devoted herself to works of mercy and teaching her poor neighbors.

After the French Revolution, she founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for the Christian education of children. She was canonized in 1969; the postulator of her cause of Norbertine Abbot General Hubert Noots, O.Praem.

Saint Julie once said, “You out to have great trust that the good God will protect you in every circumstance.”

So, we pray today’s psalm which we prayed at Kenosis, “O Lord, hear my prayer and let my cry come to you.”

– Father McLaughlin

Pope Francis’ Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Today’s Word:

O Most Holy Trinity, lovingly accept this consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May it bear abundant fruit and bring many graces and blessings to the whole Church. May Holy Mary, Mother of us all and Queen of Peace, save us from all harm, disaster and war.
– Pope Francis’ Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


On This Date…

On October 13, 1793, Norbertine Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge, O.Praem. was guillotined at age 36 in Coutances, France during the French Revolution. Just before his death he wrote to his brother, “I wish you a holy life and paradise at the end of your days.” Father Toulourge was beatified on April 29, 2012, in Coutances, and today is his feast day.

On October 13, 1985, Father Roger Paider, O.Praem., Archmere’s third headmaster (1945-1946), died of cancer at age 71. He worked at Archmere from 1944 to 1961 as chemistry teacher, librarian, prefect of discipline, and grounds keeper. He is buried at Daylesford Abbey.

On October 13, 2013, this morning in Rome, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In part the consecration pleads, “O Most Holy Trinity, lovingly accept this consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May it bear abundant fruit and bring many graces and blessings to the whole Church. May Holy Mary, Mother of us all and Queen of Peace, save us from all harm, disaster and war.”

– Father McLaughlin