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

Remembering Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem.

On This Date…

Fr. Mullen's 1965 Graduation Portrait.

Fr. Mullen’s 1965 Graduation Portrait.

On January 29, 2004 Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem., Archmere’s sixth headmaster, died suddenly in school at age 56. He was graduated from Archmere in 1965. During high school he was manager for the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams; he also wrote for The Green Arch, was in the Chemistry Club, and was an altar server. At graduation he received the Activities Medal. His father was graduated from Archmere in 1939.

Father Mullen served at Archmere from 1981 to 1989 as English teacher, class advisor, and Student Council moderator. He was dean of finance (1993-1996) and headmaster (1997-2004). After the Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Claymont, Father Mullen was buried at Daylesford Abbey.

Fr. Mullen with students outside St. Norbert’s Hall.

As an Archmere student and later faculty member and administrator Father Mullen was the mustard seed planted in rich soil which sprang up to become the largest of plants, of which Jesus speaks in today’s Gospel (Mark 4:31-32).

– Father McLaughlin

Remembering Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem. – A Rich & Fruitful Life

Today’s Word:

Let us allow the seed of Jesus to enter our hearts.

– Pope Francis, 2013 World Youth Day


On This Date…

Fr. Mullen's 1965 Graduation Portrait.

Fr. Mullen’s 1965 Graduation Portrait.

On January 29, 2004, Father Timothy Mullen, O.Praem. died suddenly during the school day at age 56. A 1965 graduate of Archmere, Father Mullen served as the school’s sixth headmaster. His father also graduated from Archmere in 1939.

As a student at Archmere, Father Mullen was manager for the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams. He also wrote for student newspaper The Green Arch. He was in Chemistry club, and he was an acolyte (altar server). At graduation, Father Mullen received the Activities Medal.

Fr. Mullen with students outside St. Norbert's Hall.

Fr. Mullen with students outside St. Norbert’s Hall.

From 1981 to 1989, Father Mullen served as English teacher, class advisor, and Student Council Moderator. He also served as Dean of Finance for three years from 1993 to 1996. Father Mullen became Headmaster on January 1, 1997, and held the position until his death on January 29, 2004.

After his Funeral Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Claymont, Delaware, Father Mullen was buried at Daylesford Abbey.

In the words of today’s Gospel, Father Mullen was “rich and produced fruit” (Mark 4:8). As Pope Francis said at the 2013 World Youth Day, “Let us allow the seed of Jesus to enter our hearts.”

– Father McLaughlin