Saint Herman Joseph, the Patron of Children and of Students

On This Date…

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

Pray Urgently For World Peace

Today’s Word:

“If you ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14)


On This Date…

On May 13, 1917 the Blessed Mother appeared to three children (ages 10, 9, 7) at Fatima, Portugal; she appeared a total of six times, asking the children to pray for conversion, repentance and world peace. World War I was being fought from 1914 to 1918.

On May 13, 1963, Father Michael McLaughlin, O.Praem., Archmere Class of 1938, died of cancer at age 42 – the first member of Daylesford to die; he is buried at Daylesford Abbey. He had taught math at Bishop Neumann High School.

On May 13, 1981 Pope John Paul II was shot in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome; after he recovered the pope met with the man who shot him, forgave him, and made peace.

On May 13, 2000 Pope John Paul II went to Fatima to beatify two of the children to whom the Blessed Mother had appeared in 1917: Francisco who died in 1919 at age 11, and Jacinta who died in 1920 at age 10; both died of influenza.

On May 13, 2017, earlier today, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta at Fatima, saying, “We declare the blissful Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto saints.” The two were brother and sister.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it”. Inspired by Francisco and Jacinta, let us pray urgently for world peace.

– Father McLaughlin

Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

On November 13, 354 Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion (387) he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

On November 13, 1963 Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006 ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center