Feast of Hermann Joseph – Patron of Students & Children

Today’s Word:

Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful song. (Psalm 100:2)

On This Date…

Hermann Joseph.

Hermann Joseph.

Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Hermann Joseph, who died on April 4, 1241, the Thursday after Easter at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12. Following his priestly ordination, Hermann was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room.

He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient and spiritual. He composed hymns, and he wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” Hermann also made and repaired clocks.

He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, where he took ill and later died. On May 21, 1241, his body was returned to his home abbey where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958, Pope Pius XII gave Hermann Joseph the title of “Saint.” The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Hermann Joseph was placed in front of the building, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance to the Student Life Center. Since 1980, that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey.

Saint Hermann Joseph is honored by the Norbertines as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin