BY ALESSIA SCOCCIA
Sarah Harkins, an alumna of Franciscan University of Steubenville, passed away on July 28 after an allergic reaction to wasp stings. Harkins was married to Eric Harkins and a mother of four children.
The Catholic Herald mentioned that Mrs. Harkins was a remarkable woman and many were very sad to hear the news of her death. Mrs. Harkins’ friends decided to inform the public about the impact she made locally and nationally.
In loving memory of Mrs. Harkins, Michaela Rodriguez and Rachael Tremblay, created a Facebook page for her. The Sarah Harkins Memory Anchors is a group that sells some of her latest merchandise. Recently, they sold 455 anchor charm bracelets and exceeded donations of over $8,000.
“All of the money is given directly to Eric, her husband, and children,” said Rodriguez. “The bracelets have been ordered from and sent to all parts of the United States, Canada, Germany, and Dubai.”
Rodriguez and Tremblay, both of Sarah’s friends, attended Franciscan University of Steubenville. Rodriguez and Tremblay both have 4 children, as does the Harkins family. They knew what it was like to be a mother and wanted to help Mrs. Harkins’ husband and children.
“The night that Sarah passed away I fell asleep reading Sarah’s blog,” said Rodriguez. “The last blog she had published in March was about the symbolism of the anchor; the latest rosary bead that Sarah created.”
Mrs. Harkins ran a blog called, “The Clay Rosary Girl.” In her blog, she revealed her most recent projects on her rosary beads.
Mrs. Harkins’ blog post read, “I love the symbol of the anchor for hope, it is very powerful. Hope is the virtue of having confidence in God’s mercy that we will be in heaven with him someday.”
According to Mrs. Harkins’ blog, the three beads after the Our Father on the Rosary, are called “The Three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love.” She wanted everyone to be enlightened and to know the joy of praying the rosary.
“Now that is something I need to pray for everyday,” said Rodriguez, “and I hope you are inspired and reminded to pray this anchor bead too.”
Recently, other students and household members of Franciscan University of Steubenville have been inspired by Sarah Harkins too.
One household in particular, The Handmaids of the Lord, was very focused and inspired by her. While at Franciscan University, Mrs. Harkins was a member of the household and has always been admired and respected by household members.
“The household is dedicating the Fiat Novena in memory of Sarah Harkins,” said Lauren Wright, a member of the Handmaids of the Lord. “The household members are also planning to do a service project for Sarah too.”
Another household member, Allie Kelly, mentioned the struggles that the household recently faced.
Kelly said, “The household, the Handmaids of the Lord, definitely had a challenging summer. Even though we faced hardships, the household has grown stronger with our faith and especially with the alumni.”
Kelly also mentioned that “We shared inspirational stories about Sarah and pictures. We all realized that even though we did not know Sarah, we all found the same desire inside of her. Sarah was a handmaid in the community and we all want to aspire and be a role model like Sarah.”