Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., The Rock

Today’s Word:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

(Matthew 16:18)

On This Date…

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., who was in Montana. In the telegraph, Abbot Pennings appointed Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy.

Father McKeough telegraphed Abbot Pennings that same day with his response, “Will do as you say. Sounds great.”

The following day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval of the plan to open Archmere Academy. The school opened its doors in September of 1932 with a student enrollment of 22.

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Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

Today is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says to Peter, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

On this special day in Archmere’s history, may we remember Father McKeough – the rock upon which Archmere was built.

– Father McLaughlin

Summer Solstice: The Feast of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

Today’s Word:

Into Your Hand I commit my spirit;
You have ransomed me, O Lord, God of truth.
(Psalm 31:5)

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Summer Solstice,
© Judith Townsend

At 1:04 a.m. EDT, summer officially began. Today, the sun rose at 5:34 a.m. and will set at 8:34 p.m., giving us 14 hours and 59 minutes of daylight.

On This Date…

On June 21, 1591, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga died in Rome at age 23. Born into a noble family in Italy, he was trained to be a soldier and slated to inherit his father’s riches. He became a court page as a teen, but he was soon drawn to leave that life for the priesthood.

At age 17, Aloysius entered the Jesuit community to be a missionary. In 1591, he volunteered to care for plague victims in a hospital where he eventually caught the disease himself. Aloysius died praying the words of Psalm 31, “Into your hands, O Lord.”

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He is now the patron of AIDS patients.

Saint Aloysius led by example, showing us how to use our precious hours of daylight – helping the needy and praying with faith.

– Father McLaughlin

Corpus Christi Procession

On This Date…


Saint Peter’s Cathedral

On June 18, 1906, John Jacob Raskob married Helena Springer Green at a Nuptial Mass at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Wilmington, Delaware.

The Raskobs had thirteen children, all of them baptized at Saint Peter’s. The Raskobs moved to Archmere on August 1, 1910, with their first four children, born between 1907 and 1910.

On June 18, 1933, 80 years ago today, a Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) procession was held at Archmere Academy, just after the end of the first school year. One thousand people attended the procession as Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington celebrated the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


The two statues of Saint Norbert in Saint Norbert Hall (oratory and library entrance), as well as the image engraved on Archmere’s school ring all depict Saint Norbert holding the Blessed Sacrament – the Body of Christ. As on June 18, 1933, so may we reverence with zeal the Holy Eucharist, the bond of our community.

– Father McLaughlin