Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem.: Trusting God’s Goodness

On This Date…

1937_fr_hurley-185x300On 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.”

– Father McLaughlin

Permanent Peace

Today’s Word:

“If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me”

 – Joan of Arc


On This Date…

Saint Joan of ArcOn May 30, 1432 Joan of Arc from Orleans, France, a commander in the army, was burned at the stake at age 19, found guilty of witchcraft and heresy. Joan’s mother and two brothers asked that her case be reviewed; Joan was found innocent of all charges in 1456. She was canonized in 1920; she is the patron of France and of those wrongly accused.

On May 30, 1868 Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the 618,222 Americans who had died in the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1959 Congress proclaimed Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. Since 1971 Memorial Day has be observed on the last Monday of May.

During her trial Joan of Arc was asked if she was in “the state of grace.” She replied, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me” – words of “permanent peace.”

– Father McLaughlin

Enjoying The Fullness of Life

Today’s Word:

Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him” (Mark 3:14)


On This Date…

On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court rendered the decision in Roe vs. Wade to permit abortion. Today in Washington, DC the annual March for Life was held, as it has been every year since 1973. Today’s issue of The Dialog has a front-page picture of the  Wilmington March for Life, held on January 15; in the picture is Father Anthony Pileggi, Archmere Class of 1987.

Father Michael Collins

Father Michael Collins

On January 22, 2015 Father Michael Collins, O.Praem. died suddenly at Daylesford Abbey at age 64; he was a 1968 graduate of Archmere and spent 34 years at Archmere as teacher, assistant athletic director, and dean of student life.

In today’s Gospel Jesus “appointed Twelve whom He named Apostles, that they might be with Him”. Father Collins now enjoys the fullness of life with the One who called him to priesthood.

– Father McLaughlin