Upon This Rock

Today’s Word:

You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church.
(Matthew 16:18)

On This Date…

abbot bernard pennings golden jubilee

Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.

On June 29, 1932, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., in De Pere, Wisconsin, telegraphed Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., in Shelby, Montana, appointing Father McKeough the first headmaster of Archmere Academy. He telegraphed his repsonse at 4:33 p.m. that same day:

Will do as you wish. Sounds great.

The next day, Abbot Pennings wrote to Bishop Edmond Fitzmaurice of Wilmington, seeking the bishop’s approval to open Archmere Academy.

Today is the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” Abbot Pennings and Father McKeough built Archmere on the rock of their faith in Jesus.

– Father McLaughlin

The Tragedy of War

Today’s Word:

Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever. (Psalm 74:19b)

On This Date…

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo. His assassination sparked the start of World War I – “the war to end all wars.” WWI decimated the European continent until the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m.

As we mark this painful anniversary, we remember all who still face the tragedy of war, praying, “Lord, forget not the souls of your poor ones,” words we prayed at Mass today.

– Father McLaughlin

The Sustaining Body

Today’s Word:

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

On This Date…
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