Fox Crowned St. Lucia

Posted on December 10th, 2009 by

Jennifer Fox was crowned St. Lucia on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Christ Chapel. Photo by Alex Messenger '10

Jennifer Fox was crowned St. Lucia on Thursday, Dec. 10 in Christ Chapel. Photo by Alex Messenger '10

Gustavus Adolphus College crowned sophomore Jennifer Fox as the 2009 St. Lucia during the College’s 69th annual Festival of St. Lucia Thursday, Dec. 10.

Every year five or six sophomore women are chosen to serve on the College’s St. Lucia Court based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, service to the College, charity, kindness, and others.

This year’s court included Fox, Mary Dierkes, Rebecca Hohag, Whitney O’Connell, Colleen Peterson, and Anna Swenson.

The Festival of St. Lucia begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom and is traditionally held on Dec. 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.

At Gustavus, the St. Lucia court traditionally sings carols through the College’s residence halls during the early morning on the day of the crowning and a traditional Scandinavian smorgasbord luncheon typically follows the ceremony. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote.

Video from today’s ceremony:

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

 


One Comment

  1. Peggy Pallas says:

    Congratulations Jen!!!!!! Peggy Pallas (Heather’s Mom)