The Feast of Saint Joseph: Protector of The Holy Family

Today’s Word:

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home. (Matthew 1:24)


On This Date…

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On March 19, 1955, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., founder of Archmere, was buried in De Pere, Wisconsin. The date of his burial was significant because he served as pastor of Saint Joseph Church in De Pere from 1900 until 1955.

Abbot Pennings used to lay on the cold floor of Saint Joseph Church at night, begging Saint Joseph to intercede for the new and small Norbertine community in America. When he was later credited with many successes, he responded, “All this is the work of Saint Joseph.”

On March 19, 2013, Pope Francis was inaugurated as the 266th pope. In his homily that day, he called on all people to protect children, the elderly, and those in need, citing Saint Joseph’s care of the Holy Family.

In Today’s Gospel, we hear, “When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife Mary into his home.” Like Saint Joseph, we care for the members of our immediate family.

– Father McLaughlin

Greet One Another With Joy

Today’s Word:

At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1:44)


On This Date…

On August 15, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, met with Mr. John Raskob at his Wilmington office to discuss the first payment for the property of Archmere.

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Cardinal John J. Krol

On August 15, 1967, Cardinal John Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the Church of the Assumption at Daylesford Abbey. Archmere Kairos retreatants assemble in the abbey church several times during each Kairos retreat.

On August 15, 2013 – today – over 200 athletes, coaches, and parents assembled in Archmere’s theatre to celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. We do not know the actual date of her death (or her “falling asleep”), but we observe it today.

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Mr. John Jordan ’80

Before Mass, Principal Mr. John Jordan ’80 welcomed us, especially the transfer students and the incoming members of the Class of 2017. Mr. Jordan also introduced Archmere’s new Campus Minister, Mr. William Gabriel.

In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth says to her cousin Mary, “At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

As we near the start of a new school year, may what we say to each other cause joy.

– Father McLaughlin