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

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