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

“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