Amazed With Joy and Gratitude

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On February 5, 1988 Father Alexander Arendt, O. Praem. died at Daylesford Abbey at age 59. He served at Archmere from 1958 to 1976, as a teacher of German and English, and as registrar, academic dean, and assistant headmaster; he also served from 1980 to 1982, as campus minister.

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Father Pedro Arrupe

On February 5, 1991 Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J., retired superior general of the Jesuit Order, died in Rome at age 83. He had been a missionary in Japan in 1945 when the atomic bomb was dropped, and his experience of the pain and suffering of the Japanese people forever defined him.

Father Arrupe later wrote, “What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.” Mr. Carl Campion ’76 has served Archmere with love and we are “amazed with joy and gratitude.”

– Father McLaughlin

The Father’s Mercy

Today’s Word:

“…the living face of the Father’s mercy.”

 – Pope Francis


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Pope Francis

On March 13, 2013 Pope Francis was elected pope on the 5th ballot, the first pope to choose the name “Francis.” He was born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; he joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained priest in 1969, and was ordained bishop in 1992. His motto as bishop was “lowly but chosen” (cf. Matthew 9:9-13), a motto he has kept as pope.

In his homily today during a Penance Service at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis announced a year of jubilee dedicated to the mercy of God, from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016, calling Jesus “the living face of the Father’s mercy.”  On this “Friday the 13th” we thank God for Pope Francis who is also “the living face of the Father’s mercy.”

– Father McLaughlin

A Return to Humility: Francis’ First Year as Pope

Today’s Word:

Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. (Matthew 7:12)


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On March 13, 2013, Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio was elected on the fifth ballot as the 266th pope. He was the first pope to choose the name “Francis.”

Born in 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Francis was one of five children. He joined the Jesuits in 1958, was ordained a priest in 1969, and was ordained a bishop in 1992.

As bishop, Francis adopted the motto lowly but chosen, a motto he has kept as pope (cf. Matthew 9:9-13). He declined to live in the papal residence, claiming, “I live in St. Martha’s House, which is a boarding house. … I am visible to people and I lead a normal life.”

Pope Francis lives out the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”

– Father McLaughlin