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

Have Faith in God

Today’s Word:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God” (John 14:1)


On This Date…

Today is Mother’s Day, established on May 9, 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, to be celebrated on the second Sunday in May. On May 9, 1905 Mrs. Ann Reeves Jarvis, a Sunday School teacher from Grafton, West Virginia, died in Philadelphia. In 1865, after the Civil War, Mrs. Jarvis organized a Mother’s Friendship Day, to encourage peace and the care of soldiers on both sides of the Civil War. Mrs. Jarvis had lost four sons in the war. She moved to Philadelphia after the death of her husband. It was her daughter, Anna, who convinced President Wilson to declare the holiday, to honor mothers who in so many ways bring healing and peace to their children.

In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God”. God has sent us faith-filled mothers who calm our troubled hearts. We are so grateful.

– Father McLaughlin

Do Not Be Afraid

Today’s Word:

“Do not be afraid” (Matthew 28:10)


On This Date…

On April 15, 1134, Easter Sunday, Saint Norbert celebrated his last Mass; he died of illness on June 6 at age 54.

On April 15, 1865, Holy Saturday, President Abraham Lincoln died at age 56; he had begun his 2nd term 41 days earlier, and placed on coins “In God We Trust.”

On April 15, 1889, Monday of Holy Week, Father Damian DeVeuster died of leprosy at Molokai, Hawaii at age 49, after serving the lepers for 16 years; he was canonized in 2009.

On April 15, 1912 The Titanic sunk after hitting an iceberg; the last music to be played on board was the hymn, “nearer My God to Thee!”

On April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.

On April 15, 2013 there was a bombing at the Boston Marathon, killing 3 and injuring 250.

On April 15, 2017 we hear these words of Jesus in tonight’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid”. We trust God who is near, without fear.

– Father McLaughlin