“Be patient with me” (Matthew 18:26)
On August 13, 1297, Sister Gertrude, O.Praem., a Norbertine nun, died at age 69, after leading her community in Germany for almost 50 years (chosen abbess at age 21). Her father died in the Crusades; her mother died when Gertrude was four and was canonized four years later (Gertrude attended the ceremony). Sister Gertrude was devoted to the poor and the sick, and also to prayer and the Holy Eucharist. Pope Benedict XIII approved devotion to Blessed Gertrude in 1728.
On August 13, 1932, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., arrived at Archmere as the second member of the first faculty. Father Hurley became Archmere’s second headmaster in 1936 and served until he became ill in November 1945. He died in Wisconsin on September 25, 1963 at age 67.
In today’s Gospel Jesus tells a parable about a debtor who begged, “Be patient with me”. As leaders Sister Gertrude and Father Hurley displayed patience, models for us.
– Father McLaughlin