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Loretto & Nerinx: In Good Company


              By Annie Stevens and Donna Day Sixty people — members of the Loretto Community, Nerinx Hall faculty, students and board members — gathered in the Loretto Chapel for a prayer service April 24. Pearl McGivney welcomed everyone, speaking words of gratitude for the decades of excellent Loretto education at Nerinx. Several Nerinx students presented the Loretto Community with a giant card of thanks. Nerinx President John Gabriel lit the candles of several Nerinx staff members nearby as Mary Louise Denny began a litany of hope for the future of Nerinx. Declared Mary Louise, … Continue reading

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Loretto High School Alumnae Association Grants Support Loretto Values, Mission


By Barbara Nicholas Annually, the board of the Loretto High School Alumnae Association, following consultation with the members at the business meeting, awards small grants of up to $500 to sisters and co-members of Loretto to support projects in which they are involved in educational work or in activities that promote compassion, mercy, justice and peace. The alums, of whom I am one, consider that sharing the association’s resources helps to express our gratitude to the many Sisters of Loretto who were our teachers. The values instilled in us by the teaching and example of these women remain powerful influences. … Continue reading

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Loretto Volunteer Shares Her Thoughts After Crossing Border


By Mary Louise Pabello I have known the struggle of migrants all my life, being myself an immigrant to the United States. But after the border trip with Loretto’s Latin America Caribbean Committee, I find myself asking, “Do I really know?” Like the young woman I met at Casa Nazareth, my mother crossed countries while three months pregnant, and with two young daughters in tow. Unlike the young woman, however, my mother wasn’t fleeing violence in her home country. She wasn’t made to cross miles of desert on foot. My mother had a husband waiting to receive her. This young … Continue reading

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Kaye Edwards Returns Home


By Cecily Jones Just after her route from Lynchburg, Va., took her onto the Bluegrass Parkway near Lexington, Ky., Kaye Edwards breathed a deep, comfortable sigh, saying to herself, “I’m home.” She was on her way to the town of Loretto after she and husband, David, had retired following his 13 years of ministry in Lynchburg. “Home” connoted not only one’s space for retiring, but in Kaye’s case, one’s place of origin, for she was born and grew up in Paris, Ky., a small town in the northern part of the state. Her initial connection to the Loretto Community occurred … Continue reading

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LGBT Catholics Are Hopeful in the Age of Pope Francis


By Jeannine Gramick Although the rain came down in a deluge all weekend, the 300 Catholics gathered at a Chicago hotel April 28-30 didn’t seem to be bothered. Inside it seemed like a rainbow of participants and presenters who discussed the theme “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis.” “What a wonderful, enlivening gathering of people of great heart and great hope,” said Anna Koop, who represented Loretto at the gathering. The Loretto Community, along with 50 other LCWR and various national organizations, proudly endorsed the event. The opening keynoter, Brian Massingale, professor of … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Academy Sends Thanks to Loretto Pen Pals


By Regina Drey Loretto members enriched the St. Mary’s Academy students’ experience as pen pals to in-person and virtual visitors this school year. The Lower School Loretto Pen Pal Project involved Loretto members and friends. The students connected with two Loretto pen pals, one from the Motherhouse and one from Denver, each pairing with small groups of students. Students enjoyed crafting letters. They were delighted to receive cheery notes, long letters, photos or sometimes small gifts or treats in return. Students don’t often get mail, so the letters were very special! One student summed it all up, “They are nice … Continue reading

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Loretto Explores Options to Preserve Loretto Heights Cemetery


By Mary Nelle Gage For a century and a quarter the iconic tower of Loretto Heights has stood atop Sheridan Hill in southwest Denver. Sister Pancratia Bonfils, niece of Frederick Bonfils, founder of the Denver Post, purchased 40 acres to establish Loretto Heights Academy in 1888. Loretto Heights College (LHC) began in 1918, continuing until 1989 when the campus was deeded to Regis College. Teikyo University purchased the college that same year. November 2016 Teikyo announced its intention to sell the campus. Loretto’s first concern was that of our cemetery and the 62 Sisters of Loretto buried there. Pearl McGivney … Continue reading

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