Franciscan Sister Experiences Southern Warmth and Appreciation

Sister Mary Ann Tupy is completing her years of ministry as Principal at St. Francis of Assisi School in Greenwood, MS. It is with sadness and deep appreciation that so many attempt to thank her and wish her God’s blessings.

Open House was sponsored by the combined Advisory Council and Home School Board.

The school children had their opportunity to express gratitude to Sister Mary Ann also. May Day began typically with the student body gathered in church for a prayer service. Following the service Sister Elena presented a video montage of many St. Francis students finishing the sentence, “If I were Sister Mary Ann, the first thing I would do when I got to Hawaii would be…” This brought many laughs and led us into the next event.

Then all left church to go to the playground where they gathered around the May Pole. The May Pole wrapping was   dedicated to Sister Mary Ann. Here a chair, covered in an authentic silk screened purple cloth (purple being the color of the Island of Kauai), was provided for her. Let the fun begin!

Following the May Pole dance, each class presented a lei which they had made for Sister.  Each class crafted a unique type of lei, so Sister Mary Ann was bedecked with a variety of creations using money, candy, beads, and flowers of silk, foam and paper.

The Sisters had some plans of their own…in a Hawaiian theme of course!

One of Sister Mary Ann’s favorite places in Mississippi is Lake Grenada so it only seemed right that we would include this in our plans.

Sunday Mass offered an opportunity for the parish to celebrate Sister Mary Ann and wish blessings upon her.

A picnic/tamale dinner was held after mass.

The final day of the school year came to a close and as is typical, the faculty and staff shared a relaxing meal together before the work of finishing up the classrooms began. They took this opportunity to say thank you to Sister Mary Ann.

True Southern warmth has blessed Sister Mary Ann and will remain in her heart as she goes forth to minister to the children at St. Theresa’s in Kekaha, HI.