Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

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


On This Date…

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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

“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