Walk in Unity of Mind and Heart Intent on God

On This Date…

On November 13, 354 Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion (387) he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893 Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries in Wisconsin.

On November 13, 1963 Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006 ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

On November 13, 2016, today, Archmere welcomed prospective students and their families to the Annual Fall Open House. Mrs. Lightcap said of the day, “Amazed. Inspired. Grateful.” We continue to “walk in unity of mind and heart intent on God.”

– Father McLaughlin

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

Archmere Academy Student Life Center

We Are God’s Children

Today’s Word:

“Beloved, we are God’s children now” (1 John 3: 1)


On This Date…

On November 13, 354, Saint Augustine was born in North Africa; after his conversion in 387 he was ordained a priest and bishop, and wrote the Rule that Norbertines follow.

On November 13, 1893, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, and two Norbertine companions, arrived in New Jersey by boat from Holland; 23 other Dutch Norbertines would later come to America as missionaries.

On November 13, 1963, Daylesford Priory was established as an independent Norbertine community; the Norbertines of Daylesford currently sponsor Archmere.

On November 13, 2006, ground was broken at Archmere for the Student Life Center; it was dedicated on October 12, 2007.

At Mass today we heard Saint John say, “Beloved, we are God’s children now”. It was that knowledge that inspired Saint Augustine, Abbot Pennings and his companions, and the benefactors of Archmere’s Student Life Center.

 

– Father McLaughlin

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Feast of Hermann Joseph – Patron of Students & Children

Today’s Word:

Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before him with joyful song. (Psalm 100:2)


On This Date…

Hermann Joseph.

Hermann Joseph.

Today Norbertines celebrate the feast day of Saint Hermann Joseph, who died on April 4, 1241, the Thursday after Easter at age 91. He entered the Norbertine Abbey of Steinfeld in Germany at age 12. Following his priestly ordination, Hermann was assigned to work in the sacristy and dining room.

He was described as humble, poor, patient, friendly, obedient and spiritual. He composed hymns, and he wrote a commentary on the “Song of Songs.” Hermann also made and repaired clocks.

He spent his last Lent serving as chaplain to a convent of nuns, where he took ill and later died. On May 21, 1241, his body was returned to his home abbey where it rests today.

On August 11, 1958, Pope Pius XII gave Hermann Joseph the title of “Saint.” The following year, when Saint Norbert Hall was completed at Archmere, a statue of Saint Hermann Joseph was placed in front of the building, at the site of the steps that lead down to the entrance to the Student Life Center. Since 1980, that statue has been at Daylesford Abbey.

Saint Hermann Joseph is honored by the Norbertines as “patron of children and of students.”

– Father McLaughlin