St. Elizabeth Connections
In addition to this week of service, other college organizations and locations share St. Elizabeth's namesake. The women's choir is named The St. Elizabeth Chorale. One of the campus ballrooms is
Nov. 14-20, 2015
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.
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.
Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service
After 35 years of faithful service, Pastor Larry Trachte (fondly referred to as PT) retired from Wartburg College in May 2009. He taught, mentored, honored, and befriended thousands of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. In honor of his retirement and dedication to service The Pastor Larry Trachte Award for Service is given during St. Elizabeth’s Week to staff and/or faculty whom embody PT’s enthusiasm, support, involvement, dedication and overall commitment to Wartburg’s mission of service.
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