Sister Frances Zajac receives "award for reverence"

Sr. Frances ZajacMERIDEN, CT (08-12-2013) - Out of 116 graduates of the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, Sister Frances Zajac, FSE was awarded the George (Buddy) Wolfe Memorial Award for "reverence in the care of the deceased body." Sister Frances learned of the award when she heard her name announced during the commencement ceremony held at Fordham University. The recipient, chosen by the faculty, is selected for demonstrating reverence for the dignity of the body during the embalming process. Sister Frances spent two weeks at the McAllister Institute in classes which included laboratory experience at a morgue. After a rigorous year of attending on-line classes, Sister Frances graduated from the Institute with a certificate in funeral service. Her next step to becoming licensed as a funeral director/embalmer is to pass the national and state licensing tests and to complete an internship with a funeral service business.

Sister Frances is the chair of the science department and a teacher at Maloney High School in Meriden. Once licensed as a funeral director/embalmer, she will serve her Franciscan Community's funeral needs upon the death of a Sister. She will assist the Community's veteran funeral director, Sister Patricia Glass who has served the Community in funeral service since graduating from mortuary school in San Francisco in 1975.