Not Only Saints See God

Today’s Word:


We are God’s children now. …We shall see God as God is.
(John 3:2)

On This Date…

On November 1, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., founder of Archmere, along with two Norbertine companions boarded a boat in Holland to come to America as missionaries.

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Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

At 1:30 p.m., Abbot Pennings wrote to his mother, “This morning we got up at 4:00 a.m., and exactly at 4:30 a.m. we rode off to Church, where we had the privilege of offering up Holy Mass in honor of All Saints and especially of her who is called Star of the Sea, the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

On Tuesday, November 1, 1983, Bishop Thomas Mardaga of Wilmington dedicated Archmere’s library and Performing Arts Center. Following the dedication, Bishop Mardaga celebrated the first school Mass in our theatre. It was special to gather in the same space this morning for Mass, thirty years later.

At Mass today, Gregory McCord ’16 read, “We are God’s children now. …We shall see God as God is.” Such good news enables missionaries to leave home to serve in a foreign land, for schools to be opened and dedicated, and for us to remember with joy and hope the Faithful Departed.

– Father McLaughlin

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