The Loaves and Fishes of Their Lives

Today’s Word:

Give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:16)

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On This Date…

On August 3, 1134, a Friday, Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert.

Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America on November 1, 1893. They settled in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they founded Saint Norbert Abbey. A total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere.

Berne Abbey is the oldest extant religious community in The Netherlands. It currently has 27 priests and brothers.

Berne Abbey

Berne Abbey

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles regarding the feeding of a vast crowd: “Give them some food yourselves.” For 880 years, the Norbertines of Berne Abbey have been giving the loaves and fishes of their lives, for the care of God’s people. Archmere has been blessed by the Norbertines of Berne Abbey, as well as the Norbertines of De Pere and Daylesford.

– Father McLaughlin

“Give Them Some Food Yourselves”

Today’s Word:

Give them some food yourselves. (Matthew 14:16)


On This Date…

father michael mckeough headmaster portrait archmere academy

Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

On August 5, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, arrived in Wilmington from Wisconsin. He took up residence at Archmere on August 8.

On August 5, 1946, Father Justin E. Diny, O.Praem., was appointed Archmere’s fourth headmaster. He had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996, Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., died a week after falling at the end of Mass in St. Norbert Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He was Archmere’s second principal, serving the school from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002, alumnus Father George Feldman, O.Praem., ’36, died in De Pere, Wisconsin. He served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958 as a teacher and assistant headmaster.

triumphal arch basilica of saint mary major

Triumphal Arch,
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

On August 5, 435, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major was dedicated in Rome. The arch and its mosaic date from 435 AD. Archmere was dedicated to Our Lady in 1932.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples to feed 5,000 plus with their five loaves and two fish, saying, “Give them some food yourselves.”

Similarly, in the fellowship of Christ, Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben, and Feldman all gave of themselves in service to Archmere, and we are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin