Hope in God

Today’s Word:

“Hope in God; I will praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5)

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On September 25, 1963, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster, died in Wisconsin at age 67. He had arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher for the new school. He had attended public high school himself, worked for two years, enlisted in the Army in 1918, and entered the Norbertines in 1922. He served as headmaster from 1936 to 1945, and resigned in November 1945 due to illness. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in 1947, serving there until his death.

On the night of September 14, 1932, Father Hurley wrote to Abbot Pennings in Wisconsin: “Our new school opened today with a grand total of seventeen students. … We shall have lots of courage and trust in God’s goodness.” At Mass today we prayed, “Hope in God; I will praise Him, my Savior and my God”.

– Father McLaughlin

This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made

Today’s Word:

“This is the day that the Lord has made.” (Psalm 118:24)

On This Date…

On September 23, 1968 Franciscan Father Pius (Padre Pio) died in his monastery in Italy at age 88; he had experienced the wounds of Jesus on his own body beginning in 1910, resulting in much loss of blood and great pain. He drew many to his confessional, to confess their sins and receive his counsel. He was canonized on June 16, 2002.

On September 23, 2015, at 4:15 PM today, Pope Francis will canonize Father Junipero Serra, also a Franciscan priest, at a Mass on the campus of Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, the first canonization to be held in America. Father Serra founded nine missions in California before his death on August 28, 1784.

At 9:30 AM today Pope Francis was welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden (Archmere, Class of 1961). Both the President and Vice President met Pope Francis at the airport yesterday.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish Year. The feast began at sundown last evening; the sound of the ram’s horn invited Jews to remember the dead, atone for misdeeds of the past year, and ask God for another year of life.

Tonight at sundown Muslims will begin the celebration of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, which recalls the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in response to God’s request. Muslims will beg for mercy from God, who, in the end spared the life of Isaac.

At 4:21 AM EDT today Fall began, with the autumnal equinox (“equal night”); there is equal amounts of day and night. The Heritage Dictionary notes that Autumn is “a time or period of maturity verging on decline.” However, on this day, as we recall Padre Pio and Father Serra, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Adha, we say, as President Obama said to Pope Francis this morning, “This is the day that the Lord has made”.

– Father McLaughlin

Models of Christian Service


On This Date…

On September 15, 1932, the second day of school for the new Archmere Academy, Mr. John Oakes, a teacher and football coach, invited students to join the first football team. Of the 17 Archmere students then enrolled, 15 joined the team, 1 became the manager, and 1 became the cheerleader. The whole school was involved. The first football game was played on October 2, 1932, against Saint James High School in Penns Grove, New Jersey. Now Archmere has 11 varsity sports for men, 11 varsity sports for women, and 2 co-ed varsity sports, along with 26 clubs that will welcome students at Thursday’s 7th Annual Activities Fair.

In today’s Gospel (John 19:25-27) for the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, we hear that standing by the Cross of Jesus were his Mother, her sister, 2 other women, and John (the “beloved disciple”). They, too, formed a “team” – a group of family and friends to support Jesus in His dying moments – a model of “Christian Service.”

– Father McLaughlin


Archmere Academy 1932 Football Team