Pietate et Scientia

Today’s Word:

Pietate et Scientia”  (Reverance and Wisdom)

 – Archmere Academy’s motto

On This Date…

On January 27, 1540, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, died in Italy at age 70. Locally the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in Wilmington in 1893, whose motto is “Serviam” (May I serve). Many graduates of Ursuline Lower School have attended Archmere.

On January 27, 1947, Walter Ziegler, age 23 and Thomas Filbrandt, age 22 were killed in a car crash on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, WI; both were Archmere graduates and both were Norbertine seminarians.


Father Michael T. Collins

On January 27, 2015, Father Michael Collins, a 1968 graduate of Archmere and a Norbertine priest, was buried at Daylesford after the Funeral Mass in the abbey church. Archmere’s Mastersingers sang “Ave Maria” during the Preparation of the Gifts, a rendition Father Collins very much loved.

During this Catholic Schools Week, we celebrate Archmere as a Community of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. We thank God for Norbertines like Father Collins, Frater Ziegler and Frater Filbrandt – who lived Archmere’s motto “Pietate et Scientia”.

– Father McLaughlin

Saint Augustine: Wrestling with A Restless Heart

Today’s Word:

Fecisti nos ad te et inquietum est cor nostrum donec requiescat in te.

“You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”

– Confessions of Augustine

On April 24, 387 AD, Saint Augustine was baptized at the Easter Vigil at age 32. His 15 year old son Adeodatus and his best friend Alypius were baptized along with him. Augustine had struggled since his teen years with making intellectual sense of his mother’s Catholic faith as well as his own moral life.

After his conversion, Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion, Augustine concluded in his Confessions, “You have made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You.”
pietate et scientia
Tonight, the members of the Class of 2014 received their rings, which were blessed at this evening’s Ring Mass. Headmaster Dr. Michael Marinelli reminded the Class of 2014 of the two phrases on the Archmere ring:

Pietate et Scientia

Ad Omne Opus bonum paratus

The first, which translates “Reverence and Wisdom,” is Archmere’s school motto. The latter, which translates “Prepared for every good work,” is the motto of the Norbertine Order. Norbertines follow the Rule of Saint Augustine.

As spiritual children of Augustine, may we be prepared for every good work, doing them with reverence and wisdom.

– Father McLaughlin