Helping Others

On This Date…

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

On September 28, 1898, Abbot Pennings opened Saint Norbert Priory in West DePere, Wisconsin, the home of the future Saint Norbert College and Abbey.

On September 28, 1929, the 21 year old “Good King Wenceslaus,” about whom we sing at Christmas for his kindness to the poor, was killed on his way to Mass, by his own brother; his last words were, “May God forgive you, brother.”

On September 28, 1978, Pope John Paul I died in Rome at age 65, after just 33 days as pope; he was known for his joy, holiness, and simple goodness.

Inspired by Archmere’s mothers, present and past, and Abbot Pennings, Good King Wenceslaus and Pope John Paul I, we help others in every way that we are able.


– Father McLaughlin

The Days of Awe

Today’s Word:

“Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Psalm 90:12)


On This Date..

On September 25, 1963 Father Daniel Hurley, O.Praem., Archmere’s second headmaster (1936-1945), died in Wisconsin at age 67. He was ordained a priest in 1928 and arrived at Archmere on August 13, 1932, the second teacher of the new Archmere Academy, teaching English and Religion. He became headmaster on August 28, 1936; he resigned in November 1945 due to illness and returned to Wisconsin. He became a pastor and convent chaplain in Alverno, WI in 1947, serving there until his death.

On  September 25, 2014, today, the Jewish People celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the first of the Days of Awe, begun last evening by the sound of the shofar.  As The Inquirer noted yesterday, “Jews will take stock of their relationships with God and humankind, and pray for life in the new liturgical year that arrives with Yom Kippur” (October 4).

As we recall the role of Father Hurley in the first days of Archmere, we pray these words of today’s psalm at Mass: “Lord, teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart”, a perfect prayer for the Days of Awe.



– Father McLaughlin

See the Light of Christ

Today’s Word:

“No one lights a lamp and conceals it under a bed (but) … on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light” (Luke 8:16)


On This Date..

On September 22, 1934, Father Basil Reuss, O.Praem., was ordained a priest in the Patio Chapel at Archmere, the first Norbertine ordained on the east coast; he celebrated his First Mass the next day at his home parish in Wilkinsburg, PA, a town adjacent to Pittsburgh. Father Reuss was a lawyer before joining the Norbertines at age 26.

On September 22, 1940, Father William Millay, O.Praem., died in Philadelphia, the first Norbertine to die on the east coast. He was ordained in 1910, was rector of Saint Norbert College (1913-1927) and pastor in Vancouver, British Columbia, before his assignment to Southeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia; the Alumni Association of Southeast Catholic/Bishop Neumann High School is called The Millay Club.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “No one lights a lamp and conceals it under a bed (but) … on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light”. Fathers Reuss and Millay let others see the light of Christ, a good task for Autumn which begins tonight at 10:29 PM, EDT.

– Father McLaughlin