Joy, Holiness, & Simple Goodness

Today’s Word:

While they were all amazed at his every deed, Jesus said to his disciples, “Pay attention to what I am telling you. The Son of Man is to be handed over men.” But they did not understand this saying; its meaning was hidden from them so that they should not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about this saying. (Luke 9:43b-45)

On This Date…


Saint Norbert College & Abbey

On September 28, 1898, Abbot Bernard Pennings, O.Praem. opened Saint Norbert Priory in West De Pere, Wisconsin. Saint Norbert Priory would be the site of future Saint Norbert College and Abbey, and it marks the beginning of Norbertine community life in America.

On September 28, 1932, Archmere’s Mothers’ Guild was organized. According to Archmere’s first yearbook, the 1935 Keystone, the purpose of the Mothers’ Guild “is to better the school in every way that is it able.”

On September 28, 1978, Pope John Paul I died suddenly ate age 65, after serving just 33 days as pope. He was elected on August 26, 1978. John Paul I was hailed for radiating joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

Inspired by Abbot Pennings, the Archmere Mothers’ Guild, and Pope John Paul I, may we radiate joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

– 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.


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