The Feast of Saint Herman Joseph

On This Date…

Saint Herman Joseph

Saint Herman Joseph

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

Nothing Will Be Impossible for God

Today’s Word:

“Nothing will be impossible for God” (Luke 1:37)


On This Date…

On December 8, 1854 Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On December 8, 1932 Archmere Academy blessed the picture of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs over the fireplace in the music room of The Patio (the image used on today’s Mass program); the picture was a gift of the first Mothers Guild of Archmere.

On December 8, 1965, 50 years ago today, the Second Vatican Council came to a close; it had opened on October 11, 1962.

On December 8, 2014 Father Steven Albero blessed the icon of the Immaculate Conception that currently hangs in Archmere’s Oratory; the Blessed Mother is pictured with Saint Augustine and Saint Norbert, two key patrons of our school.

ANSA917624_ArticoloOn December 8, 2015, today, Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, formally opening the Year of Mercy; the year will continue until November 20, 2016.

Father Joseph Serano invited us this morning to extend mercy to one another. As we heard at Mass today, “Nothing will be impossible for God”.

– Father McLaughlin