Responding to Jesus

Today’s Word:

“Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)” (Matthew 4:19)


On This Date…

On November 30, 1884 Mrs. Helena Green Raskob was born in Maryland; she married John Raskob in 1906 and they moved to Archmere in 1910 with their oldest four children; nine more children were born at Archmere.

On November 30, 1983 Father Robert Sromovsky, O.Praem. died In DePere, Wisconsin at age 78; he taught music at Archmere from 1934 to 1937 and composed Archmere’s first school song.

On November 30, 1988 Father Neal McLaughlin, O.Praem. died in DePere at age 70; he began as a freshman at Archmere on September 14, 1932 and later taught at Archmere from 1945 to 1947.

November 30 is the Feast of Saint Andrew, a fisherman along with his brother, Simon Peter, and both were fishing partners with James and John. Jesus said to them, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men (and women)”. We marvel at their quick and generous response.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew

Let’s Think About It

Today’s Word:

“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge” (Psalm 90:1)


On This Date…

On September 22, 1934 Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem. was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel, the Music Room that Mrs. Raskob said was meant “to strengthen the soul.” Father Reuss was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Norbertines in Wisconsin in 1929. Father Reuss had a law degree from the Catholic University of America; he became a professor at Saint Norbert College and also had a nightly radio program on WBAY in Green Bay, entitled “Let’s think about it.” The ordination of Father Reuss was the first one in The Patio.

Of the 16 students who began at Archmere on the morning of September 14, 1932, 3 of them, all Juniors in 1934, were ordained priests (2 for the Norbertines and 1 for Diocese of Wilmington). All 3 returned to teach at Archmere.

Autumn officially began at 10:21 AM EDT today; the sun crossed the Equator, and day and night are of about equal length. At Mass we prayed, “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge”. In the words of Father Reuss, “Let’s think about it.”

– Father McLaughlin

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100th Anniversary of The Patio

Today’s Word:

“His heart was moved with pity for them” (Matthew 14:14)


On This Date…

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

John J. and Helena S. Raskob

On August 1, 1910, John and Helena Raskob moved from their home in Wilmington to their new home at Archmere, along with their first four children: John (3), William (2), Helena (1), and Elizabeth (6 weeks). Nine more children were born at Archmere.

In 1921, Mrs Raskob wrote a book about the planning and construction of The Patio (1916-1918). In part she wrote, “Archmere is now a beautiful dream come true. But the greatest charm, aside from the voices of the children, is the homelike spirit which has been fostered in these walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus saw a vast crowd and “his heart was moved with pity for them”. Like Jesus, Mrs. Raskob’s heart was moved with great affection for her children. As we recall the 100th anniversary of the construction of The Patio we say, “Archmere is now a beautiful dream come true.”

– Father McLaughlin