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

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

Greatness of Humility

Today’s Word:

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:4)


On This Date…

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On August 13, 1297, Sister Gertrude, O.Praem., a Norbertine nun, died at age 69. As abbess of the convent, she led her community in Altenberg, Germany for nearly 50 years, having been chosen for the leadership role at age 21.

Sister Gertrude’s father had died en route to fight in the Sixth Crusade, and she was only four years old when her mother Elizabeth died at age 24. Her mother was canonized a saint four years later. Gertrude attended the ceremony.

Sister Gertrude was devoted to the poor and the sick. She spent her family’s inheritance for the building of her monastery’s church.

Pope Benedict XIII approved devotion to Blessed Gertrude in 1728.

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On August 13, 1932, Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., arrived at Archmere. He was the second member of the first faculty to arrive. Father Hurley became Archmere’s second headmaster in 1936, serving until he became ill in November 1945. He died in Wisconsin on September 25, 1963, at age 67.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says to his disciples, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

As exemplars of great humility, Blessed Gertrude and Father Hurley urge us to this same greatness.

– Father McLaughlin