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

The Days of Awe

Today’s Word:

“Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Psalm 90:12)

 


On This Date..

On September 25, 1963 Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster (1936-1945), died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was ordained a priest in 1928 and arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher of the new Archmere Academy, teaching English and Religion. He became headmaster on August 28, 1936; he resigned in November 1945 due to illness and returned to Wisconsin. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno, WI in 1947, serving there until his death.

On  September 25, 2014, today, the Jewish People celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Days of Awe, begun last evening by the sound of the shofar.  As The Inquirer noted yesterday, “Jews will take stock of their relationships with God and humankind, and pray for life in the new liturgical year that arrives with Yom Kippur” (October 4).

As we recall the role of Father Hurley in the first days of Archmere, we pray these words of today’s psalm at Mass: “Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart”, a perfect prayer for the Days of Awe.

 

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– Father McLaughlin

Catholic Schools Week 2014

Today’s Word:

Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.


On This Date…

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On January 27, 1540, Saint Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines, died in Italy at age 70. She was orphaned at an early age and was moved by the poverty and ignorance of poor girls. She organized a group of 28 women into a religious community of teachers who lived at home, did not wear a religious habit, and did not take the traditional three vows.

Locally, the Ursulines founded Ursuline Academy in 1893. Many graduates of Ursuline Lower School have attended Archmere Academy. The motto of the Ursulines is Serviam, which translates, “That I may serve.”

On January 27, 1947, Walter Ziegler, O.Praem., age 23, and Thomas Filbrandt, O.Praem., age 22, were killed in a car crash on their way to teach at Central Catholic High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Both men were Archmere graduates (1940 and 1942), and both were Norbertine seminarians.

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Tom was the nephew of Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster from 1936 to 1945. Sitting between Walt and Tom in the back seat was Father Robert Sliben, O.Praem., who taught math at Archmere from 1949 to 1990. Father Sliben also served as Archmere’s second principal from 1973 to 1977.

The theme of this year’s Catholic Schools Week is, “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Saint Angela, Walter Ziegler, and Thomas Filbrandt were teachers of faith and knowledge in service of others.