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

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

Homelike Spirit

Today’s Word:

“You will be given at that moment what you are to say” (Matthew 10:19)


On This Date…

On July 8, 1963 Mrs. Helena Raskob, died in Tuscon, AZ at age 78 (born 11/30/1884). She and her husband, John, moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910 with four children. An additional nine children were born at Archmere. In 1921 Mrs. Raskob wrote these words: “And so Archmere (The Patio) 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 within its walls.”

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “You will be given at that moment what you are to say”. Mrs. Raskob spoke eloquently about Archmere’s “children” and “homelike spirit.”

– Father McLaughlin

John and Helena Raskob

John and Helena Raskob