St. Elizabeth Week

Nov. 15-21, 2014

St. Elizabeth Week is devoted to community activism and service. St. Elizabeth’s Week is always celebrated the week of November 17th (the anniversary of her death) in conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week.  Service related activities are planned throughout the week by the St. Elizabeth’s Committee which involves student representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Manna, Campus Ministry, Students for Peace and Justice, Student Senate, and the Volunteer Action Center.

Click here to view the full list of events and activities.

History of St. Elizabeth
Born in 1207, Elizabeth married Ludwig of Thuringia, the landgrave of the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Through her commitment to a life of service, Elizabeth is known for developing a hospital near the castle and feeding up to 900 poor people who came to the castle gates each day. St. Elizabeth is associated with the legend of The Miracle of the Roses. According to the legend, she smuggled bread and leftovers from the castle kitchen to share with the poor. The practice was forbidden, so she hid the food in her robes. When accosted by suspicious courtiers on one of these trips, they demanded she open her robes. When she did so, the hidden bread had turned to roses. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church after her death in 1231.