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

The Cheerful Giver

Today’s Word:

“Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

On This Date…

On August 10, 1893, Abbot Augustine Bazelmans, O.Praem., abbot of Berne Abbey in Holland, with the unanimous consent of his Council, agreed to the July 20, 1893 request of the bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin, to send Norbertines to work in the Diocese of Green Bay. Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., and two other missionaries left Holland for America on November 1, 1893; they were later followed by an additional 23 missionaries from Berne Abbey.

On August 10, 258, the Deacon Lawrence was martyred in Rome, for his reverence for and service to the poor. He called the poor the “treasures of the Church.”

In the first reading for today’s Mass, Saint Paul says, “Whoever sows bountifully will reap bountifully. God loves a cheerful giver”. Saint Lawrence was cheerful to the very end. The Norbertines of Holland were cheerful and bountiful sowers, leaving their abbey and coming to serve in America, founding Archmere in 1932.

– Father McLaughlin


Saint Lawrence


Giving Thanks to God

On This Date…

On November 25, 1893, Father Bernard Pennings, O.Praem., the founder of Archmere, arrived at his first American mission, Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Delwiche, Wisconsin, with a fellow missionary; It had snowed two days before so Father Pennings arrived by sleigh. It was a Saturday. The bulk of their luggage was on a ship frozen on the ice in the river in Green Bay.

Father Pennings wrote home to Holland that day, “I believe that everything will work out in the end, but we’ll need the patience of Job.” Earlier in the letter he wrote, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.” Those are the sentiments which Father Zagarella expressed to us this morning at our Thanksgiving Liturgy. So, with Father Pennings and Father Zagarella we say, “Once again, and especially now, we thank God who is perfectly good.”

– Father McLaughlin