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

Kindness and Truth

Today’s Word:

“”Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss” (Psalm 85:11)

On This Date…

On December 7, 374, Saint Ambrose was consecrated the bishop of Milan, Italy. In 387, at age 35, he baptized Saint Augustine.

On December 7, 1787, Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution; Delaware is called “The First State”.

On December 7, 1941, a Sunday, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked at 7:50 AM – “a date that would live in infamy,” President Roosevelt said; 2,388 were killed and about 2,000 injured.

On December 7, 1965, the Second Vatican Council issued the “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” – in Latin called “Gaudium et Spes” (“Joy and Hope”); it stressed the dignity of the human person.

At Mass today we prayed, from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Kindness and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss” – God’s words that give us “joy and hope”.


– Father McLaughlin



Saint Ambrose


Do Not Be Afraid, I Am With You

Today’s Word:

Rise, and do not be afraid. (Matthew 17:7)

On This Date…

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

The Transfiguration, Raphael.

On August 6, 1945, the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. 75,000 people died instantly, and another 65,000 died in the following months from their injuries and radiation sickness.

On August 6, 1978, Pope Paul VI died in Rome at age 80. He was the first pope to visit the United States, addressing the United Nations General Assembly in December 1965, pleading, “No more war. War never again.”

On August 6, 1457, the Feast of the Transfiguration was established by the Church. In the Gospel for the feast, Jesus says, “Rise, and do not be afraid.”

Trench Warfare. Somme, France - July 1916.

Trench Warfare.
Somme, France – July 1916.

With so much fear in Russia and Ukraine, Israel and Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in Europe recalling this week, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we long to hear Jesus’ words as we say, “No more war. War never again.”

– Father McLaughlin