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

Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You

Today’s Word:

Rise, and do not be afraid. (Matthew 17:7)


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The Transfiguration, Raphael.

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 75,000 people died instantly, and another 65,000 died in the following months from their injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80. He was the first pope to visit the United States, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965, pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church. In the Gospel for the feast, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

With so much fear in Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe recalling this week, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we long to hear Jesus’ words as we say, “No more war. War never again.”

– Father McLaughlin

We Are God’s People

Today’s Word:

You shall be my people and I will be your God. (Jeremiah 30:22)


On This Date…

father michael mckeough headmaster portrait archmere academy

Fr. Michael McKeough, O.Praem.

On August 5, 1932, Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster, arrived in Wilmington, having traveled from De Pere, Wisconsin. He began living at Archmere on August 8.

On August 5, 1946, Father Just Diny, O.Praem., was appointed Archmere’s fourth headmaster. He had previously taught at Archmere from 1937 to 1944.

On August 5, 1996, Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., Archmere’s second principal, died one week after falling at the end of Mass in St. Norbert Church in Paoli, Pennsylvania. He served at Archmere from 1949 to 1991.

On August 5, 2002, Father George Feldman, O.Praem., a 1936 graduate of Archmere, died in De Pere, Wisconsin. He served at Archmere from 1949 to 1958, as a teacher and assistant headmaster.

Piazza Esquilino, Santa Maria Maggiore

Piazza Esquilino, Santa Maria Maggiore

On August 5, 435, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Basilica Sanctae Mariae Maioris) was dedicated in Rome. It is the oldest Church in the West dedicated to Our Lady. In 1932, the chapel at Archmere was also dedicated to Our Lady.

In today’s First Reading at Mass, God says, “You shall be my people and I will be your God.” Fathers McKeough, Diny, Sliben, and Feldman all proclaimed the message that we are God’s people, through Jesus, born of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

– Father McLaughlin