On September 25, 1963 Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster, died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was ordained in 1928 and arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, Archmere’s second teacher; he taught English and Religion. He became headmaster in 1936; he resigned in November 1945 due to illness and returned to Wisconsin. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno, Wisconsin in 1947, serving there until his death.
On the night of September 14, 1932 he wrote to Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem in Wisconsin: “Our new school opened today with the grand total of seventeen students. … You have seen (the school) and know we have a beautiful spot here if we can hold it. … We shall have lots of courage and trust in God’s goodness.” God was good in sending Father Hurley to Archmere – “a beautiful spot.”
“In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge” (Psalm 90:1)
On This Date…
On September 22, 1934 Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem. was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel, the Music Room that Mrs. Raskob said was meant “to strengthen the soul.” Father Reuss was born in Pennsylvania and joined the Norbertines in Wisconsin in 1929. Father Reuss had a law degree from the Catholic University of America; he became a professor at Saint Norbert College and also had a nightly radio program on WBAY in Green Bay, entitled “Let’s think about it.” The ordination of Father Reuss was the first one in The Patio.
Of the 16 students who began at Archmere on the morning of September 14, 1932, 3 of them, all Juniors in 1934, were ordained priests (2 for the Norbertines and 1 for Diocese of Wilmington). All 3 returned to teach at Archmere.
Autumn officially began at 10:21 AM EDT today; the sun crossed the Equator, and day and night are of about equal length. At Mass we prayed, “In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge”. In the words of Father Reuss, “Let’s think about it.”
“Standing by the Cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalen” (John 19:25)
On This Date…
1932 Archmere Academy Football team
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, 15 joined the team, one became the manager, and one became the cheerleader. The whole school was involved, in the first extracurricular activity – a foretaste of today’s Activities Fair in the Quad.
Today at Mass we heard, “Standing by the Cross of Jesus were His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalen”. These four were a sort of team to help Jesus in His hour of need – a model for us.