The Sustaining Body

Today’s Word:

Rejoice in the Lord, you just. (Psalms 97:12)


On This Date…
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On June 18, 1906, a Monday, John Jacob Raskob married Helena Springer Green at a Nuptial Mass at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware. The Raskobs moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910, with their first four children, born between 1907 and 1910. Nine more children were born in Claymont, Delaware.

On June 18, 1933, a Eucharistic Procession was held at Archmere Academy, just after the close of the first school year. According to Archmere’s first yearbook, the 1935 Keystone, more than 1,000 people took part in the Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) Procession.

Bishop Edmond F. FitzMaurice of Wilmington, celebrated the Benediction on three altars set up on campus. This year, the Solemnity of Corpus Christi will be observed on Sunday, June 22.

The Raskobs began their marriage with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist. On the Archmere ring is an image of Saint Norbert holding the Holy Eucharist. May the Body of Christ sustain us too.

– Father McLaughlin

Feast of Norbertine Sister Emily Podoska

Today’s Word:

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete. (John 15:11)


On This Date…

Sister Emily Podoska

Sister Emily Podoska

On May 22, 1889, Norbertine Sister Emily Podoska died at her convent in Cracow, Poland. She was the 11 of 16 children.

She entered the convent at age 27, and after teaching for three years she became the head of the school. She held that position for five years before being put in charge of the training of novices for her community.

Sister Podoska brought to her community life and her work the gifts of respect, zeal, reverence, and wisdom. She died of pneumonia and tuberculosis. In March 1993, the diocesan process of her beatification was opened in Cracow.

Dioecesis Fresnensis

Dioecesis Fresnensis

In the United States, there are two convents of Norbertine sisters. Twenty-six contemplative sisters are at Saint Joseph Priory, located in Tehachapi, California, under the Diocese of Fresno. Three apostolic sisters are at Saint Peter and Paul Parish, located in Wilmington, California, under the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Archidioecesis Angelorum in California

Archidioecesis Angelorum in California

In their prayer and work, these Norbertine nuns follow in the footsteps of sister Emily Podoska, and affirm Jesus’ words that we hear in today’s Gospel, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy might be complete.”

– Father McLaughlin

Catholic Schools Week 2014

Today’s Word:

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.


On This Date…

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On January 27, 1540, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, died in Italy at age 70. She was orphaned at an early age and was moved by the poverty and ignorance of poor girls. She organized a group of 28 women into a religious community of teachers who lived at home, did not wear a religious habit, and did not take the traditional three vows.

Locally, the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in 1893. Many graduates of Ursuline Lower School have attended Archmere Academy. The motto of the Ursulines is Serviam, which translates, “That I may serve.”

On January 27, 1947, Walter Ziegler, O.Praem., age 23, and Thomas Filbrandt, O.Praem., age 22, were killed in a car crash on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Both men were Archmere graduates (1940 and 1942), and both were Norbertine seminarians.

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Tom was the nephew of Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster from 1936 to 1945. Sitting between Walt and Tom in the back seat was Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., who taught math at Archmere from 1949 to 1990. Father Sliben also served as Archmere’s second principal from 1973 to 1977.

The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Saint Angela, Walter Ziegler, and Thomas Filbrandt were teachers of faith and knowledge in service of others.