Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Today’s Word:

“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

On June 29, 1932 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem. in Montana, appointing him the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. Father McKeough telegraphed his response that same day: “Will do as you say. Sounds great.” The next day Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

Saint Peter and Saint Paul

June 29th is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul; in today’s Gospel Jesus told Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church”. Father McKeough was the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin

Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
(Matthew 16:18)


On This Date…

abbot bernard pennings golden jubilee

Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in De Pere, Wisconsin, telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., in Shelby, Montana, appointing Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. He telegraphed his repsonse at 4:33 p.m. that same day:

Will do as you wish. Sounds great.

The next day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval to open Archmere Academy.

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Abbot Pennings and Father McKeough built Archmere on the rock of their faith in Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin

Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., The Rock

Today’s Word:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16:18)

On This Date…

abbot bernard pennings golden jubilee

Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., who was in Montana. In the telegraph, Abbot Pennings appointed Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy.

Father McKeough telegraphed Abbot Pennings that same day with his response, “Will do as you say. Sounds great.”

The following day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy. The school opened its doors in September of 1932 with a student enrollment of 22.

father michael mckeough headmaster portrait archmere academy

Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

Today is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

On this special day in Archmere’s history, may we remember Father McKeough – the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin