La Befana Visits SFHS


The Befana (Helen Manfredi Pierson ‘74) flew into St. Francis to visit the Italian 1 students and share her story, beginning thousands of years ago and remaining to this day a tradition practiced by Italian children and their families throughout the peninsula. This is her story: 
One day, the three Magi left their country bearing special gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh for the new-born Jesus Christ. They were guided by a star across many countries. At every village that they passed, many people ran to meet them and accompany them in their journey. 
But there was one old woman who did not join the Magi. She claimed to be too busy with her housework and promised to join them later when she had time. The next day, she realized her mistake and frantically ran after the Magi with gifts for the child, still clutching her broom. But it was too late – the Magi were long gone. To this day, she continues her search for the Christ child on the eve of the Epiphany, January 6th, visiting all children as they sleep. 
Helen, an alumnae and board of trustee of St. Francis, has graciously visited these classes for the past 20+ years and shared her story. She not only gives them a small bag of treats, but also a piece of the candy coal that goes into all children’s stockings as a reminder of their humanity. 
Thank you so much Helen! We are always so excited for the annual Befana visit! #sfhs #labefana #alumnapride