The Loaves and Fishes of Their Lives

Today’s Word:

Give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:16)

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On This Date…

On August 3, 1134, a Friday, Berne Abbey in Holland was founded, just two months after the death of Saint Norbert.

Berne Abbey sent three Norbertines to America on November 1, 1893. They settled in De Pere, Wisconsin, where they founded Saint Norbert Abbey. A total of 26 Norbertines came to America from Berne, including Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere.

Berne Abbey is the oldest extant religious community in The Netherlands. It currently has 27 priests and brothers.

Berne Abbey

Berne Abbey

In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles regarding the feeding of a vast crowd: “Give them some food yourselves.” For 880 years, the Norbertines of Berne Abbey have been giving the loaves and fishes of their lives, for the care of God’s people. Archmere has been blessed by the Norbertines of Berne Abbey, as well as the Norbertines of De Pere and Daylesford.

– Father McLaughlin

54 Years of Goodness & Knowledge

Today’s Word:

I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge. (Romans 15:14)


On This Date..

O Sunday, November 8, 1959, Bishop Michael Hyle of Wilmington dedicated Saint Norbert Hall.

Bishop William Hyle

Bishop William Hyle

After blessing the cornerstone on the outside wall of the current Oratory (the library in 1959), there was a ceremony on the front steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Then, the guests proceeded into the new auditorium (our current library) for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a dedication address given by Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster from 1932 to 1936. Among the guests were Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O.Praem. of Saint Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin; Honorable J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of Delaware; and Honorable John. J. Williams, U.S. Senator for Delaware.

Today, Archmere’s varisty football team gathered in the Oratory for their weekly team Mass. They heard these words of Saint Paul, “I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge.” We are thankful for all the goodness and knowledge given and received in Saint Norbert Hall these 54 years.

– Father McLaughlin

Norbertine Abbey of Berne Blesses 71st Abbot

Father Denis Hendrickx, O.Praem, 63 years of age, was blessed as the 71st Abbot of Berne Abbey today. The Norbertine community began on August 3, 1134, two months after the death of Saint Norbert – founder of the Order of PrĂ©montrĂ©.

Berne Abbey is the oldest religious community in the Netherlands. The Abbey was founded on the banks of the river Maas by a knight, Fulcold, who would later retire his armor and become a lay brother before dying on April 12, 1149.

Norbertine Abbey of Berne

Gates of Berne Abbey

Abbots Richard Antonucci and Ronald Rossi of Daylesford Abbey were in attendance at today’s abbatial blessing. Abbot Gary Neville of Saint Norbert Abbey also made the transatlantic trip. Both Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA and Saint Norbert Abbey in De Pere, WI trace their roots back to Berne Abbey.

– Father McLaughlin