Remembering Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem. – A Rich & Fruitful Life

Today’s Word:

Let us allow the seed of Jesus to enter our hearts.

– Pope Francis, 2013 World Youth Day

On This Date…

Fr. Mullen's 1965 Graduation Portrait.

Fr. Mullen’s 1965 Graduation Portrait.

On January 29, 2004, Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem. died suddenly during the school day at age 56. A 1965 graduate of Archmere, Father Mullen served as the school’s sixth headmaster. His father also graduated from Archmere in 1939.

As a student at Archmere, Father Mullen was manager for the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He also wrote for student newspaper The Green Arch. He was in Chemistry club, and he was an acolyte (altar server). At graduation, Father Mullen received the Activities Medal.

Fr. Mullen with students outside St. Norbert's Hall.

Fr. Mullen with students outside St. Norbert’s Hall.

From 1981 to 1989, Father Mullen served as English teacher, class advisor, and Student Council Moderator. He also served as Dean of Finance for three years from 1993 to 1996. Father Mullen became Headmaster on January 1, 1997, and held the position until his death on January 29, 2004.

After his Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Claymont, Delaware, Father Mullen was buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In the words of today’s Gospel, Father Mullen was “rich and produced fruit” (Mark 4:8). As Pope Francis said at the 2013 World Youth Day, “Let us allow the seed of Jesus to enter our hearts.”

– Father McLaughlin

Catholic Schools Week 2014

Today’s Word:

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

On This Date…


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.


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.