Hope in God

Today’s Word:

“Hope in God; I will praise Him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 43:5)

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On September 25, 1963, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster, died in Wisconsin at age 67. He had arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher for the new school. He had attended public high school himself, worked for two years, enlisted in the Army in 1918, and entered the Norbertines in 1922. He served as headmaster from 1936 to 1945, and resigned in November 1945 due to illness. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in 1947, serving there until his death.

On the night of September 14, 1932, Father Hurley wrote to Abbot Pennings in Wisconsin: “Our new school opened today with a grand total of seventeen students. … We shall have lots of courage and trust in God’s goodness.” At Mass today we prayed, “Hope in God; I will praise Him, my Savior and my God”.

– Father McLaughlin

The House of the Lord

Today’s Word:

“I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6cd)



Bishop Edmond FitzMaurice

On This Date…

On October 12, 1932, a Wednesday, Bishop Edmond J. FitzMaurice of Wilmington dedicated Archmere at 3:00 PM. The ceremony was held in the chapel of The Patio, the Raskob music room. Abbot Pennings was present, along with about 300 guests. In his welcoming remarks Bishop FitzMaurice said, “I extend to you in behalf of the Wilmington Diocese a hearty welcome and may Saint Norbert, the great Apostle of the Blessed Sacrament, through whose inspiration and symbol you live, be ever an inspiration to you.”

At Mass today we prayed, “I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”. We give thanks for Archmere’s Patio, dedicated as “the house of the Lord.”


The Patio

– Father McLaughlin

Helping Others

On This Date…

On  September 28, 1932, Archmere’s Mothers Guild was organized. According to Archmere’s first yearbook (1935 Keystone), the purpose of the Mothers Guild “is to better the school in every way that it is able.”

On September 28, 1898, Abbot Pennings opened Saint Norbert Priory in West DePere, Wisconsin, the home of the future Saint Norbert College and Abbey.

On September 28, 1929, the 21 year old “Good King Wenceslaus,” about whom we sing at Christmas for his kindness to the poor, was killed on his way to Mass, by his own brother; his last words were, “May God forgive you, brother.”

On September 28, 1978, Pope John Paul I died in Rome at age 65, after just 33 days as pope; he was known for his joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

Inspired by Archmere’s mothers, present and past, and Abbot Pennings, Good King Wenceslaus and Pope John Paul I, we help others in every way that we are able.


– Father McLaughlin