St. Elizabeth's Week

History
Born in 1207, Elizabeth married Ludwig of Thuringia, the landgrave of the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. Through her commitment to alife 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.


What is St. Elizabeth's Week?
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.



St. Elizabeth Award for Service
The St. Elizabeth Award for Service is intended to recognize student members of our community that have exemplified a commitment to service. Members of the Wartburg community are invited to nominate students who live out that commitment to service in, with, and for the community.

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.