“My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn” (Psalm 130:6)
On This Date…
On February 27, 1973, Senator Joseph R. Biden ’61, elected to the United States Senate three months earlier, brought Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans, and Harrison Schmitt to Archmere for a school assembly. The photographs of their visit can be viewed in the 1973 Patio (yearbook); Dr. Marinelli, Mr. Campion, and I were at the assembly, they as 9th grade students and I as a 10th grade teacher. Each of the astronauts addressed the students and then signed autographs on the front steps of Saint Norbert Hall. Father Justin Diny, O.Praem., Archmere’s headmaster (1946-1983) welcomed the guests. Apollo 17 was the last lunar landing; the mission launched on December 7, 1972, entered the lunar orbit on December 10th, and splashed down to earth on December 19th. Commander Cernan walked on the moon on December 14, the last person to walk on the moon.
At Mass today we prayed, “My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn”. We can be grateful for the Apollo 17 astronauts who were lunar sentinels.
– Father McLaughlin