Saint Herman Joseph, the Patron of Children and of Students

On This Date…

Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Herman Joseph. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12.

After priestly ordination he worked in the sacristy and dining room. He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient, and spiritual; he composed hymns and wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” He was a good preacher and a spiritual director. He also made and repaired clocks. He died on April 4, 1241 at age 91 at a convent of nuns where he had gone to celebrate Mass. His body was returned to Steinfeld on May 21, 1241 where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958 Pope Pius XII gave Herman Joseph the title “saint.” The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Herman Joseph was placed in front of Saint Norbert Hall, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance of the Student Life Center. Since 1980 that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey. Norbertines honor Saint Herman Joseph as “patron of children and of students” – a good patron for Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin

Have Faith in God

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

Today is Mother’s Day, established on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On May 9, 1905 Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, died in Philadelphia. In 1865, after the Civil War, Mrs. Jarvis organized a Mother’s Friendship Day, to encourage peace and the care of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis had lost four sons in the war. She moved to Philadelphia after the death of her husband. It was her daughter, Anna, who convinced President Wilson to declare the holiday, to honor mothers who in so many ways bring healing and peace to their children.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God”. God has sent us faith-filled mothers who calm our troubled hearts. We are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin

Pray Urgently For World Peace

Today’s Word:

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance and world peace. World War I was being fought from 1914 to 1918.

On May 13, 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42 – the first member of Daylesford to die; he is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10; both died of influenza.

On May 13, 2017, earlier today, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima, saying, “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints.” The two were brother and sister.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. Inspired by Francisco and Jacinta, let us pray urgently for world peace.

– Father McLaughlin