The Feast of Saint Francis De Sales

Today’s Word:

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:35)


On This Date…

Today is the feast of Saint Francis De Sales, the patron of the Diocese of Wilmington, who lived from 1567 to 1622. At age 15 he went to the University of Paris to study rhetoric, philosophy, and theology. He received a doctorate in law from the University of Padua at age 24. His father had arranged a marriage for him, but Francis elected to be a priest and was ordained at age 26. He was an eloquent preacher and was devoted to the poor and the sick. He became a bishop in 1602. He said, “We must hold it an absolute fact that (we) do more through love and charity than through severity and harshness.” He died on December 28, 1622; on January 24, 1623 his body arrived at his hometown for burial.

Each spring Bishop W. Francis Malooly awards the Saint Francis De Sales Medal to ten seniors in each of the eight Catholic high schools of the Diocese of Wilmington. In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother”. Saint Francis De Sales was a brother to Jesus and is a model for us.

– Father McLaughlin

“Pray Hard”

Today’s Word:

Pray hard.

– Fr. Michael McKeough in correspondence with Abbot Bernard Pennings


On This Date…

father michael mckeough headmaster portrait archmere academy

Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

On August 8, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, arrived at Archmere for the first time. He wrote to Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in Wisconsin that he was confining his initial efforts to advertising the new school.

The first ad for Archmere appeared in the newspaper on Saturday, August 6, 1932. The initial hope was for 50 students; 17 actually arrived on the first day of school.

Boarders in The Patio.

Boarders in The Patio.

On the evening of August 8, Father McKeough had super with the Oblates at Salesianum School. They welcomed him and offered to help.

Father McKeough concluded his letter to Abbot Pennings, “Pray hard.”

On August 8, 2013, nineteen Archmere senior girls left for a camping trip with Mrs. Kristin Mumford ’96, Ms. Lauren Gerber, Ms. Kristen Witte, and Ms. Jillian Waldman. Before leaving, all the trip participants gathered in the formal garden in front of the Blessed Mother for a prayer service and blessing.

As Father McKeough said, “Pray hard.”

– Father McLaughlin