On This Date…
On May 24, Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Herman Joseph who died on the Thursday after Easter in 1241 at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12; after his priestly ordination he was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room. He was described as humble, patient, friendly, obedient, and spiritual; he composed hymns and wrote a commentary on the Bible’s “Song of Songs.” He also made and repaired clocks. He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, took ill, and died there; on May 21, 1241 his body was returned to his abbey where it rests today.
In 1958 Pope Pius XII gave Herman Joseph the title of “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. His image has been incorporated in the 3-panel icon in the Oratory of Saint Norbert Hall. Norbertines honor Saint Herman Joseph as “patron of children and of students.”
– Father McLaughlin