The Founders’ Festival is a day-long celebration to honor our Vincentian founders through prayer, service, and fellowship. The Festival, which has become a beloved tradition among our children, first took place in 2011 between our sister Daughter of Charity schools, St. Vincent and Mother of Sorrows Schools to honor our founders – St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – and to celebrate being Vincentians.
That same year, our school partnered with Our Lady of Talpa School (also, our sister, Daughter of Charity school) for a Founders’ Festival. Since 2011, each of the Los Angeles County Daughters of Charity schools has partnered with another school to celebrate the Founders’ Festival once per year.
One month before the Festival itself, teachers from both schools gather to meet and pair by grade level to plan a service project that their classes will complete during the Festival. Following this meeting, classes from each school exchange letters and prepare for their service projects. All of this builds excitement among our children for the Festival itself.
On the day of the Festival, both schools gather and begin the celebration with prayer and a pep rally. Each grade pairs then disperses to complete service projects and share fellowship.
A picnic lunch gives the students time with their new-found friends and Vincentian family. Then, A Eucharist celebration closes the day and provides time for students to joyfully express through songs and prayers their gratitude to God for blessing us with founders who are role models. Student leaders also share what they learned throughout the day and thank everyone who made the Festival possible.
The Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School community looks forward to continuing this wonderful tradition in the future with our Vincentian brothers and sisters.