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‘Sister Ann’: A Portrait of Dr. Ann Manganaro SL


By Sarah Legett June 6, 2013, marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Ann Manganaro SL. In the following months a group of her colleagues at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis, led by Dr. Dennis O’Connor (nephew of Loretto Sisters Ann and Jane Frances Mueller), began exploring a means to honor her at the hospital. A portrait was commissioned through the generous funding of the Glennon Foundation. Not only would a portrait serve to honor and remember her, but also through it we imagined creating a respectful, contemplative space within which people might pause and reflect. The commissioned … Continue reading

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Loretto Endowment Fund for Pakistan


By Lydia Peña In August 2013, Pearl McGivney, president of the Sisters of Loretto, asked me to raise $1 million for a Loretto Pakistan Endowment Fund. An endowment ensures the future of the Pakistan mission and work of our Sisters living there. Margaret Hartman, a 1967 alumna of Loretto Heights College (LHC), pledged $250,000 and said, “The Sisters of Loretto were founded to educate, and I, a thankful alumna of LHC, want to help them continue the work that they began over 200 years ago. I believe education is the key to making a life and making a living. As … Continue reading

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Retired Sisters of Loretto ‘win’ with 19th Annual Golf Tournament


A full complement of 117 Loretto golfers made an early shotgun start at Arrowhead Course in the foothills south of Denver last Saturday. A deep-blue Colorado sky and ancient sandstone formations painted the backdrop for one of the most popular “friend raisers” and fundraisers for the retired Sisters of Loretto. All monies raised at the 19th Annual Golf Tournament and Mini-Auction go directly to support the retired Sisters. The Loretto Development Office thanks everyone who played in the tournament, volunteered on the course and made possible a great event! Congratulations to our 2014 Loretto Golf Tournament Winners: 1st Place Men’s … Continue reading

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Nazareth Hall’s Original Wing — A Resurrection


By Mary Peter Bruce SL The Sisters of Loretto built a retirement home for their members in El Paso, Texas, in 1963 naming it Nazareth Hall. As new people took the places of those who died, Nazareth became a nursing home. In the 1990s, Loretto and the Daughters of Charity, who have experience running nursing homes, entered into a partnership that provided the opportunity for Nazareth to expand. In 2014, Texas state inspectors insisted that every room and hall have sprinklers. Because of asbestos issues, Nazareth had to close the original wing of the nursing home, but continued services in … Continue reading

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Hunger Fund Allocation Committee Invites Requests


The Hunger Fund Allocation Committee announces that $11,500 is available for distribution this fall to groups dedicated to feeding the hungry. Loretto Community members and friends are invited to send requests to the committee c/o Loretto Motherhouse, 515 Nerinx Road, Nerinx, KY 40049, or by email to Cecily Jones, the committee convener (address in directory). Since the committee has included some new members last year and this, it would be helpful to have a brief account of the work and needs of the group requesting funds even though the allocation may be an annual one. Please send requests on white … Continue reading

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Father Dominic Invents Delicious Loretto Swirl


By Fr. Dominic Garramone OSB (This piece first appeared on Fr. Dominic’s blog. He graciously permitted us to excerpt it here.) On a recent trip to St. Louis I stayed (as I usually do) with the Sisters of Loretto in Webster Groves. They have a small guest room just off the lobby, only a few steps away from the chapel. I celebrate Mass for them while I’m there, and generally I get a chance to bake a few treats for them as well. This trip their kitchen manager John Maggio asked for a bread lesson, specifically on how to shape … Continue reading

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The Badin Bible’s Journey from Loretto to Notre Dame – A Pictorial Essay


This pictorial is based on information prepared by Eleanor Craig, with photos by Donna Mattingly. The Loretto Motherhouse Community and friends blessed the Badin Bible this past July and sent it off with love to its new home at the University of Notre Dame. The rare three-volume set tells the story of Catholicism in the earliest years of the United States. The Bible, which had long been a part of Loretto’s archival collection, was purchased by the university for a significant sum. The set originally had been given “to the Reverend Stephen Badin by his affectionate Bishop John Carroll of … Continue reading

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Sister Sodelbia Bridge: A Celebration Past Due


By Kay Carlew           A celebration to behold took place July 14 at 7 p.m. It began on a bridge covered with an arch of piping decorated with balloons of assorted colors. The arch reached high enough for a tractor-trailer to pass beneath. It celebrated a resolution filed in both Kentucky houses to name the bridge at Manton after Sister Sodelbia Hughes. The bridge located on Highway 1183 connects Marion and Washington counties and has been referred to by many in the Loretto Community and beyond as Sodelbia’s bridge. Two Manton School graduates played guitars and … Continue reading

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Loretto Lobbies Senators & Reps in Washington, D.C.


By Molly Butler After many months of prayer and preparation among Loretto committees/networks working in communal mission, the Loretto Peace and Justice Engagement Project culminated with a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C., mid-July. As a representative of Loretto’s mission for justice and peace at the United Nations, I jumped at the opportunity to advocate for these very same values at the federal and local legislative level. With my toolkit of fact sheets, congressional listings and confirmation letters in tow, I arrived in the humid beltway prepared to push for the seven crucial issues that together we identified as central … Continue reading

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Loretto’s Badin Bible Sent with Love to University of Notre Dame


The Loretto Motherhouse Community and friends blessed the Badin Bible July 6 and sent it off with love to its new owners. Continue reading

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