Celebrating Our Earthly Fathers

Today’s Word:

God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. (John 3:16)

On This Date…


On June 15, 1204, Norbertine Bishop Isfrid died in Germany at age 90. He was born in 1115, and joined the Norbertine Order early on in its history. He became the superior of a Norbertine community in 1159, and later bishop in 1178.

Devotion to Isfrid as a saint was approved by Pope Benedict XIII in 1728.

On June 15, 1776, the members of the Delaware Assembly voted to end all connections with King George III of England. This “Separation Day” was the first big step toward independence.


Today is Father’s Day. It was proposed by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Washington to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, and whose wife died in childbirth leaving him with six young children to care for.

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Sonora Louise Smart Dodd

Father’s Day was observed in Spokane beginning in 1910, and it was finally declared a national holiday in 1972 by President Richard M. Nixon.

Today is also Trinity Sunday. In the Gospel reading for today, Jesus says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Jesus described God as a most generous father – a reminder to us to be grateful for our earthly fathers.

– Father McLaughlin

Christ is Knocking On Our Door

Today’s Word:

The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8a)

On This Date…

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On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in Rome at age 84. He was born May 18, 1920.

His mother died was he was 8, and his father when he was 21. He then entered the seminary and was ordained at age 26.

As a young man, he played soccer, acted in plays, and wrote plays. He was also a spiritual leader to a group of young adults with whom he went camping and kayaking.


Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II.

When he became a bishop in 1958, he took for his motto Totus Tuus, which translates “totally yours,” a reference to his devotion to the Blessed Mother. He was elected pope on October 16, 1978. At his installation Mass six days later he said in his homily, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.”

Pope John Paul II was beatified in 2011, and he will be canonized a saint on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Blessed Pope John Paul II inspires us to open our doors to Christ, without fear, and to say with the psalmist in today’s Mass, “The Lord is gracious and merciful.”

– Father McLaughlin

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