Saint Herman Joseph, the Patron of Children and of Students

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Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Herman Joseph. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12.

After priestly ordination he worked in the sacristy and dining room. He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient, and spiritual; he composed hymns and wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” He was a good preacher and a spiritual director. He also made and repaired clocks. He died on April 4, 1241 at age 91 at a convent of nuns where he had gone to celebrate Mass. His body was returned to Steinfeld on May 21, 1241 where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958 Pope Pius XII gave Herman Joseph the title “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, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance of the Student Life Center. Since 1980 that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey. Norbertines honor Saint Herman Joseph as “patron of children and of students” – a good patron for Archmere.

– Father McLaughlin

Open Your Door to Christ

Today’s Word:

“Take courage” (John 16:33)

On This Date…


Father Thomas Hagendorf

On May 18, 1920 Karol Josef Wojtyla was born in Poland. After he was elected pope in 1978, taking the name John Paul II, he often invited cardinals in Rome who were over the age of 80, and thus unable to vote in a papal election, to join him for lunch on this day, to get their thoughts on the needs of the church, and to show his appreciation for their wisdom and insights.

On May 18, 2013 Father Thomas Hagendorf, O.Praem., died suddenly in his parish in Wisconsin just before he was to celebrate Mass. He served at Archmere from 1964 to 1988, as librarian, college counselor, cafeteria director, teacher of religion and history, a member of the Board of Trustees, and the religious superior of the Norbertines.

In his first homily as pope Saint John Paul II said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” In today’s Gospel Jesus said, “Take courage”. Both Pope John Paul II and Father Hagendorf took courage and opened their doors to Christ.

– Father McLaughlin