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

The First Day of Passover

On This Date…

Today is the first day of the Jewish Passover (it began at sundown last evening). Passover will end at sundown on Tuesday, April 18. Passover seders occur on the evenings of April 10 and 11. The main food is matzah, unleavened bread. During the seder there will be the retelling of the events of the Exodus from Egypt under the leadership of Moses, freeing the Israelites from slavery.

Christians will re-live the Exodus on Holy Thursday, April 13. We shall hear at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, “This day shall be a memorial feast for you, which all your generations shall celebrate”. Jews and Christians alike are united in these special holy days.

– Father McLaughlin

Walking God’s Path

Today’s Word:

“You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence” (Psalm 16:11)


On This Date…

On March 22, 1970, Palm Sunday, the new Lectionary of the Catholic Church went into effect; it came as a result of the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, promulgated in December 1963.

On March 22, 1980 Mother Teresa of Calcutta received the Bharat Ratna (Jewel of India) Award for her humanitarian work; she said, “Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.”

March 22 is the earliest date possible for the celebration of Easter – the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox – established by the Council of Nicea in 325 AD.

Today at Mass we prayed, “You will show me the path of life, the fullness of joy in your presence”. Inspired by the Lectionary, Mother Teresa walked God’s path.

– Father McLaughlin