Norbert Eugene Joseph Hermes was born on May 25, 1933 in Shallowwater, Kansas to John and Mary Hermes, the tenth of eleven children. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, his twin Benedictine monk, Bishop Herbert Hermes of Crystalland, Brazil, Eugene, Raymond, Clarence, Jerome and Gerald, and three sisters, Mildred Brunner, Victoria Urban and Rita, and one son John Hermes. He is survived by one sister, Lucilla Herman of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, his wife Marlene, now 61, and four children, Paul (Ian) of Raymore, Missouri, Joel (Lisa) of Stilwell, Kansas, a Norbertine minister about. Alphonse (Brian) of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California and Laurie (Lee) Wilbur of Little Rock, Arkansas, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Norbert graduated from Scott City, Kansas High School, Regis College Denver, and Emporia State University (M.A.), as well as administrative courses at Ft. Hayes State University. He worked for 40 years in education as an elementary teacher at Jefferson East in Hayes and Hawthorne in Saline, as an elementary school counselor, school psychologist, and director of special education. He taught evening courses in English and mathematics at Schilling Air Force Base. Norbert was a member of the Sacred Heart for sixty-three years, attending daily masses and monthly reconciliations. He was the very first parish council president, lecturer, and member of the Education Commission, teaching adult and high school CCD courses. He sang in the cathedral choir for thirty-six years. A member of the Knights of Columbus for sixty-five years, he served as record secretary, news editor, deputy and Grand Knight, and was awarded State Family of the Year in 2001. As chairman of Prolife, he has consistently supported local, national and international pro-life groups. He was a permanent member of the Diocesan Prolife group. He served on the Board of Catholic Charities and on the strategic planning committee for Sacred Heart High School.
Norbert has written over 700 articles for the Northwest Kansas Register and over 100 hundred letters to secular newspaper editors on social and moral issues. He worked at the Center for Economic and Social Justice in Washington, D.C. and was the spokesman for Christus, Medicus in Kansas, promoting a culture of Catholic medicine among bishops and laity.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023, with the rose garden starting at 7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Cathedral. A Christian burial mass will take place on Saturday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, after which the burial will take place in the Catholic cemetery on Mount Calvary in Salina.
The service will be broadcast live at: https://www.livewebcastevents.com/norbert-hermes.
The family is offering to donate to the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Bishop Herbert’s Legacy Foundation. (https://www.kansasmonks.org) in the care of Duane Roy, St. Benedict’s Abbey, 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison, Kansas. 66002, or the Norbertin Foundation (https://theabbotscircle.com) 27977 Silverado Canyon Road. Silverado, California.