We Are God’s People

Today’s Word:

You shall be my people and I will be your God. (Jeremiah 30:22)


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, having traveled from De Pere, Wisconsin. He began living at Archmere on August 8.

On August 5, 1946, Father Just 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., Archmere’s second principal, died one week after falling at the end of Mass in St. Norbert Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He served at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002, Father George Feldman, O.Praem., a 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in De Pere, Wisconsin. He served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958, as a teacher and assistant headmaster.

Piazza Esquilino, Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza Esquilino, Santa Maria Maggiore

On August 5, 435, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Basilica Sanctae Mariae Maioris) was dedicated in Rome. It is the oldest Church in the West dedicated to Our Lady. In 1932, the chapel at Archmere was also dedicated to Our Lady.

In today’s First Reading at Mass, God says, “You shall be my people and I will be your God.” Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben, and Feldman all proclaimed the message that we are God’s people, through Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

– Father McLaughlin

Roses of Our Lady

Today’s Word:

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

guadalupe

On Tuesday, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the hilltop where he would find roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady, who sent him to the bishop as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Of Our Lady, her cousin Elizabeth said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, and so can we.

– Father McLaughlin