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

54 Years of Goodness & Knowledge

Today’s Word:

I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge. (Romans 15:14)


On This Date..

O Sunday, November 8, 1959, Bishop Michael Hyle of Wilmington dedicated Saint Norbert Hall.

Bishop William Hyle

Bishop William Hyle

After blessing the cornerstone on the outside wall of the current Oratory (the library in 1959), there was a ceremony on the front steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Then, the guests proceeded into the new auditorium (our current library) for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a dedication address given by Father Michael McKeough, O.Praem., Archmere’s first headmaster from 1932 to 1936. Among the guests were Abbot Sylvester Killeen, O.Praem. of Saint Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin; Honorable J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of Delaware; and Honorable John. J. Williams, U.S. Senator for Delaware.

Today, Archmere’s varisty football team gathered in the Oratory for their weekly team Mass. They heard these words of Saint Paul, “I myself am convinced about you …that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge.” We are thankful for all the goodness and knowledge given and received in Saint Norbert Hall these 54 years.

– Father McLaughlin

Fr. Daniel Hurley, O.Praem.: Trusting God’s Goodness

Today’s Word:

Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money – not even an extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there, and leave from there. Wherever they do not welcome you, as you are leaving that town shake the dust off your feet as testimony against them.” They departed and went through the villages, bringing the good news and curing diseases everywhere. (Luke 9:1-6)


On This Date…

On September 25, 1963, fifty years ago today, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was Archmere’s second headmaster.

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Father Hurley was ordained a priest in 1928 and began teaching English and Religion at the newly opened Archmere in 1932. He served as headmaster from August 1936 until November 1945, resigning from the position due to poor health. He returned to Wisconsin and became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno where he served until his death.

On the night of September 14, 1932, Father Hurley wrote to Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem.:

Our new school opened today with a 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.

Like the apostles in today’s Gospel according to Luke, Father Hurley proclaimed the good news at Archmere with courage and trust in God.

– Father McLaughlin