Loretto in the News

Loretto making headlines! Here, we collect news stories that feature Loretto members or community.


Historic Bethlehem Academy property up for auction
Anna Taylor, The News-Enterprise, July 21, 2014
“The Cecilia property once know as Bethlehem Academy, a boarding school for girls, is up for sale.” Read more.


Rare 1790 Carey Bible delivered to Notre Dame by Sisters of Loretto
Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, July 18, 2014
“We want to share some exciting news: This week we welcomed to campus a delegation of Sisters of Loretto From Nerinx, Ky., who brought with them a Bible that originally belonged to Father Stephen Badin, the first priest ordained in the United States.”
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University of Notre Dame acquires the first Catholic Bible printed in the U.S.
The World of the Bible, Bayard Presse, July 16, 2014
“The University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) recently acquired a 224-year-old Bible of the first Roman Catholic priest ordained in the United States.”
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Rare Book Finds Its Way to Notre Dame
WNDU, Ch. 16, July 15, 2014
“SOUTH BEND, Ind.- A very rare book has found a new home on Notre Dame’s campus.”
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Notre Dame Buys Historical Bible of First Catholic Priest Ordained in U.S.
The Christian Post, July 15, 2014
“The University of Notre Dame has acquired the three-volume Bible of the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States.”
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Notre Dame Buys 224-Year-Old Bible
WSBT, Ch. 22, July 14, 2014
“We are getting our first look at a new addition to Notre Dame’s rare books collection.”
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Notre Dame receiving Father Badin’s Bible
Fox 28, Anna Bockelman, Morning Producer, July 14, 2014
“NOTRE DAME – The University of Notre Dame is getting the Bible once owned by Rev. Stephen Badin.”
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Notre Dame Acquires Badin Bible
South Bend Tribune, News Briefs, July 12, 2014
“SOUTH BEND – The University of Notre Dame has acquired a Bible once owned by the Rev. Stephen Badin, the pioneer priest on whose mission grounds Notre Dame’s founder, the Rev. Edward Sorin, began to build the university 172 years ago.”
Read more.


Bridge will be named for a Sister of Loretto
Marnie McAllister, The Record, July 10, 2014
“If you’ve ever crossed Hardin’s Creek near Marion, Ky., by car, you’ve driven on what locals call “Sodelbia’s Bridge.”
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Sisters of Loretto with local ties celebrate anniversaries
The Record, July 8, 2014
“Eleven Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross are celebrating jubilee years in 2014.”
Read more.


Bridge will be named to honor nun
Stephen Lega, Lebanon Enterprise, July 2, 2014
“Sr. Sodelbia Hughes was born at the end of the 19th century. Later this month, in the 21st century, a bridge will be renamed in her honor.”
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Pipeline builders halting Kentucky project
Associated Press, April 28, 2014
“Developers are halting a three-state underground pipeline project that drew intense opposition in Kentucky from residents, activists and even a group of nuns.”
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Spirited Spat: Pipeline Battle Rages on Kentucky’s Holy Land
nbcnews.com, March 15, 2014
“Corn-speckled lands owned by a group of Catholic Trappist monks and a convent full of nuns have become a battleground in a fight between Big Energy and the ‘singing sisters.’”
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14 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2014
Center for American Progress, March 12, 2014
Last year was an exciting time for faith-based movements for social justice, with religious leaders and organizations making headlines for spearheading robust local and national campaigns around issues such as gun violence, economic inequality, and immigration, among many others.
Read more.


Nuns Versus Pipeline
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, January 31, 2014
“A 200-year-old order of Catholic nuns, the Sisters of Loretto, battle the construction of a pipeline that would transport toxic gases through their Kentucky homeland.”
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Kentucky’s Intersection of Religion, Energy and the Environment
WFPL, December 12, 2013
Most of the snow from a string of storms over the past week had evaporated in Nelson County, Ky., Tuesday afternoon when more than 60 concerned people, many of them Roman Catholic nuns, gathered on the Boone Family Farm to declare an Energy Vision…
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Religious to release document about work for clean energy
The Record, December 9, 2013
Three religious communities in Kentucky’s “Holy Land” — Sisters of Loretto, the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth — have coauthored an Energy Vision Statement that articulates the religious beliefs behind their work for clean energy solutions.
Read more.


Religious Groups In Kentucky Petition Governor To Oppose Gas Pipeline
Huffington Post, Nov. 6, 2013
Religious groups in Kentucky are continuing to fight against a potentially dangerous gas pipeline that two energy companies want to bury underneath 13 of the state’s counties.
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Protestors cite faith in opposing Bluegrass Pipeline
Courier-Journal, Nov. 6, 2013
About 40 protesters said they were bound by their faith to oppose the Bluegrass Pipeline project during a rally on the Capitol steps Tuesday.
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Nuns Hold Anti-Pipeline Protest At The Kentucky State Capitol Think Progress, November 6, 2013 In September, a group of Roman Catholic nuns successfully persuaded the companies building an underground gas pipeline through Kentucky to reroute the project to avoid their land. But the nuns aren’t stopping there. Read more.


Religious leaders rally against proposed pipeline Associated Press, November 5, 2013 A group of Catholic nuns who successfully redirected the route of a proposed pipeline off their land are joining other religious leaders who say their faith has prompted them to oppose the ongoing project. Read more.


Opponents Deliver Anti-Pipeline Petition To Kentucky’s Governor WEKU, November 5, 2013 Opponents of a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline through Kentucky delivered a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear’s office Tuesday morning, citing concerns over the project’s impact on the state’s environment and asking the governor to block it. Read more.


Citizens petition Beshear to oppose eminent domain for proposed pipeline Lexington Herald-Leader, November 5, 2013 Citizens presented a petition to Gov. Steve Beshear’s secretary Tuesday asking the governor to oppose the use of eminent domain to secure easements for a proposed natural gas liquids pipeline. Read more.


Women religious carry on long tradition of educating the young Our Sunday Visitor, October 6, 2013 Sister Barbara Roche entered the Loretto Community with the intentions of teaching, but ended up in administration. Read more.


Video: Meet the Singing, Anti-Fracking Nuns Mother Jones, August 15, 2013 In the rolling green hills of Kentucky, the Sisters of Loretto are leading a grassroots movement against the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline. Watch the video.


Orders of Monks, Nuns Oppose Bluegrass Pipeline WFPL, August 12, 2013 The Sisters of Loretto have been in Marion County for nearly 200 years. The land itself holds a spiritual meaning for the sisters. Read more.


Sisters of Loretto Respectfully Protest the Bluegrass Pipeline Hillybilly Report, August 8, 2013 It appears that Williams and Boardwalk didn’t appreciate the Sisters of Loretto (some folks call them the Nuns of Loretto) singing Amazing Grace at their Bluegrass Pipeline open house In Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Watch the video.


Pipeline raises concerns in Ky. Holy Land The Record, August 7, 2013 The Sisters of Loretto have been particularly active in opposing the Bluegrass Pipeline since they were approached in mid-July by a work crew hoping to survey their property in Marion County. Read more.


Pope Francis stirs up the Vatican CBS News, August 3, 2013 For a clergyman noted for his humility and mild nature, Pope Francis has put in an aggressive first 4 months, stirring up the Vatican. Kieran Harrington, spokesman for the diocese of Brooklyn, and sister Maureen Fielder, host of the public radio program “Interfaith Voices,” join “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss the Pope’s recent comments. See the video here.


Nuns, monks block Ky. gas pipeline USA Today, Louisville Courier-Journal, August 2, 2013 Two Roman Catholic communities, which collectively own more than 3,000 acres in Central Kentucky, are refusing to permit access to their historic properties for a proposed underground pipeline that would transport flammable, pressurized natural-gas liquids across the state. Read more.


Answering the call of God La Voz Colorado, June 26, 2013 “Another member of the Loretto Community, who taught at the Loretto Heights College that Sandoval attended, is Sister Lydia Peña who told La Voz that she garners her inspiration as a nun from ‘all persons who give themselves to others — be it with time, talent or treasure.’” Read more.


The evolution of the committed life in the 21st century by Maureen Fiedler SL, National Catholic Reporter, June 8, 2013 “Maybe the model of “committed life” we’ve been living is evolving, and needs to evolve, as it already has since the days of the desert mothers and fathers. So I set out to explore new models of commitment…” Read more.


Davidson: Michael Sheeran, former president of Regis University, receives honor Denver Post, June 6, 2013 This article about retired president of Regis University includes a lovely photo of Fr. Sheeran with Loretto sister Marie Joann Reckart SL. Read more.


Exhibit chronicles history of Catholicism in El Paso El Paso Times, April 9, 2013 It wasn’t an easy assignment — telling the story of the El Paso Catholic Diocese’s 100 years — in one art exhibit. Read more.


Janine Young: Women have long contributed to diocese El Paso Times, April 8, 2013 Women religious have served the church in the Diocese of El Paso for more than 130 years. There are many Catholics who have benefited from Catholic schools, hospitals, charities and other institutions staffed and supported by dozens of religious orders… Read more.


Transition at the Vatican Diane Rehm Show, February 27, 2013 Roman Catholic cardinals gather to choose a new pope. Diane and her guests discuss transition at the Vatican and challenges facing the world’s largest Christian denomination. Our own Maureen Fiedler SL joins this distinguished panel. Read more.


Sister Cathy Mueller: Changing the world…one link at a time Finesse E-Newsletter, December 2012 “The adage goes, “A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” Sister Cathy Mueller, SL, President of Denver’s Loretto Community, has dedicated her life to strengthening community links and ties to Mother Earth—often in tandem with one another.” Read more.


Remembering Sister J with thanks St. Louis Beacon, December 28, 2012 “As 2012 draws to a close, it is fitting to recall a legendary figure in St. Louis higher education who died earlier this year. Sister Jacqueline Grennan, leader of Webster College throughout most of the 1960s (first as academic vice president, then as president), brought national attention to St. Louis as few others before or since…” Read more.


Is this truly a stairway to heaven? Pueblo Chieftain, December 2, 2012 Some things simply defy explanation. And one of them is located inside the Loretto Chapel. Read more.


Nerinx President Barbara Roche to retire after 27 years of service Webster Journal, November 28, 2012 Last December, the city of Webster Groves honored Sister Barbara Roche by making Dec. 2 Sister Barbara Roche Day. Roche, Nerinx Hall High School president, celebrated 25 years of work and service at the school with family and friends on that day in 2011. Read more.


Iraqi Student Project brings refugee to study at Fontbonne St. Louis Beacon, November 23, 2012 When he was almost 10 years old, Ahmed Al-Dulaimi fled Baghdad with his family — everyone was terrified of what American bombs and American technology would do to them and their city. They left in 2003, as the United States invaded Iraq. Read more.


“Nuns on the Bus” tour Front Range to protect poor against budget cuts Denver Post, November 12, 2012 “Nuns on the Bus” toured Front Range cities Monday to denounce tax cuts for America’s richest 2 percent and budget cuts they say would devastate the poorest Americans… Read more.


Former teacher finds barns can be noble Rio Rancho Observer, September 19, 2012 Jerry Davis stands in front of one of the barns he drew as part of his book, “Barns From the Land of Enchantment.” This barn is in Bernalillo and is named “The Sisters of Loretto Barn.” According to the book, the barn was part of a convent and school complex that has been renamed “El Zocalo.” The barn was built in 1875 and renovated in 2011. Read more.


LGBT Injustices Central at Loretto Community 200th Jubilee Celebration in DC Bondings 2.0, September 19, 2012 LGBT issues were front and center when 40 people gathered in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the Loretto Community’s 200th Jubilee… Read more.


‘Nuns on the Bus’ Tour Visits West County Candidates About Fair Budget The group stopped by the West County offices of Ann Wagner and Todd Akin Thursday to “advocate for a fair budget” and speak out against Paul Ryan’s proposed budget. Read more.


‘Loretto in Louisville’ event to celebrate 200 years of order’s founding Louisville Courier-Journal, September 18, 2012 Two stately mansions in Chickasaw recall a time nearly 90 years ago when the Catholic Sisters of Loretto moved their original school in Portland to larger quarters on West Broadway… Read more.


Trail Dust: Sisters of Loretto Welcomed to Santa Fe 160 Years Ago Earlier this year, my friend Sister Patricia J. Manion of the Loretto Community, a teaching order of the Catholic Church, alerted me to an upcoming event, Sept. 26. On that date, a celebration will be held at Santa Fe marking the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of Loretto and also the 160th anniversary of their arrival in New Mexico’s capital. Read more.


Roots in Jesus, Mary enliven Loretto Community St. Louis Review, September 5, 2012 The Loretto Community in St. Louis will celebrate its 200th anniversary at a Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at St. Pius V Church, Grand and Utah avenues in south St. Louis. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will celebrate the Mass, and a reception will be held afterward… Read more.


Sr. Dorothy Vidulich, former NCR Washington correspondent, dies National Catholic Reporter, July 12, 2012 Dorothy Vidulich was a Sister of St. Joseph of Peace and a Loretto co-member. “She was born in Jersey City, but Dorothy Vidulich was a true daughter of “The Nun of Kenmare,” the contentious, courageous, hierarchy battling Margaret Anna Cusack, founder of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace…” Read more.


Pakistani women studying renewable energy at SEI Glenwood Springs Post Independent, May 20, 2012 “Two women from Pakistan were in class last week at Solar Energy International…learning how to install solar hot-water systems on buildings…” Read more.


Appalachian women testify against coal industry The State-Journal [West Virginia's business paper], May 11, 2012 An international women’s organization put coal — specifically surface mining — to the test in West Virginia Thursday. Read more.


Call to Jubilee: Loretto Community celebrates 200th Year Lebanon Enterprise, May 2, 2012 Sr. Agnes Ann Schum took a break on a bench as she was walking up the hill back to the Loretto Motherhouse. She and hundreds of other members of the Loretto Community had just gathered for a group photo to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the community. Read more.


Loretto Sister Swain dies at 66 Denver Catholic Register, May 9, 2012 Loretto Sister Susan Swain, St. Mary’s Academy Lower School principal for 15 years and founding board member of Escuela de Guadalupe, died in her Denver home April 27. She was 66. Read more.


Sisters of Loretto honor founders, plan future to celebrate 200 years Catholic News Service, May 8, 2012 The Sisters of Loretto honored their founders, planned for the future, renewed their vows and took action to aid immigrants during a five-day bicentennial celebration in the Archdiocese of Louisville. Read more.


La Hermandad de Loreto Al Dia en America [Louisville], May 3, 2012 Wonderful coverage of our 200th Jubilee celebration and immigration billboard – from Louisville’s Spanish-language paper. Read more.


Credit Louisville RecordSisters of Loretto Mark 200th Anniversary Louisville Record, May 3, 2012 The Sisters of Loretto honored their founders, planned for the future, renewed their vows and took action to aid immigrants during a five-day bicentennial celebration held April 22-26… Read more. Or see their photo gallery.


Sisters of Loretto turn 200 Lebanon Enterprise Fantastic photo display from our Jubilee Homecoming at the Loretto Motherhouse. Read more.


Nuns, Vatican at odds: Report chides umbrella group as Sisters of Loretto mark founding 200 years ago Louisville Courier-Journal, April 28, 2012 Rain began just as about 300 nuns and other members of the Loretto Community were finishing a symposium Wednesday that marked this week’s 200th anniversary of their founding by three Central Kentucky pioneer women. Read more.


Nuns gather in favor of immigration WAVE Louisville, April 27, 2012 Kentucky nuns gathered under a billboard to sing, pray and add their voices to the immigration debate. Read more.


Sisters of Loretto at 200: Celebrating frontier past, mission of peace and justice St. Louis Beacon, April 24, 2012 As patrons enter the Loretto-Hilton Performing Arts Center for a performance, some may wonder about its name. Was Loretto the first name of theater donor Conrad Hilton’s wife? His daughter? A lady in black? Read more.


Throughout Colorado’s history, women have had starring roles Denver Post, April 20, 2012 The Sisters of Loretto get a nice mention in this article about women’s role in Colorado history. Read more.


The Loretto Community Marks 200 Years Webster-Kirkwood Times, April 13, 1012 On April 25, the Sisters will celebrate the 200th anniversary of their founding. The Sisters’ interest in educational opportunities and social justice is reflected in their long history… Read more.


Loretto Sisters Celebrate Bicentennial Catholic Key, March 29, 2012 The Sisters of Loretto have been a force in education, human rights and the empowerment of women since they were founded in 1812. The 200th Jubilee celebration began in January… Read more.


Loretto alumnae celebrate history of education, justice Kansas City Star, March 26, 2012 Alumnae, former faculty gather for weekend events to celebrate the school’s 200th anniversary… Read more. Another article about the Kansas City weekend is here.


Sisters Of Loretto Honored Webster-Kirkwood Times, March 23, 2012 The council honored the Sisters of Loretto on the occasion of the 200-year anniversary of the founding of their congregation… Read more.


Sad story of nun Alicia Ramirez’s mother leads to “Patrocino e Yo” Denver Post, March 9, 2012 “Like so many people, Alicia Ramirez knew little about her parents’ lives until she was well into adulthood. Ramirez, a nun with the Sisters of Loretto, was 40 when someone asked her mother how she came to the USA…” Read more.


Founding Board Member: Remembering Luke Mary’s Pence Blog, February 21, 2012 Cecily Jones SL shares a lovely remembrance of Mary Luke Tobin SL, a founding board member of Mary’s Pence. Read more.


Susan Swain: Miracles Easily Found Denver Post, February 28, 2012 In this lovely reflection on the front page of the Denver Post, Susan Swain SL is honored for her co-founding of the now-thriving Escuela de Guadalupe, and is now modelling a graceful and faith-filled embrace of mortality. Read more..


Mass for Consecrated Life The Record, February 9, 2012 Pauline Albin SL is featured on the front page of the central Kentucky Catholic newspaper, as a participant in the Mass for Consecrated Life. Read more.


Wren Smith: Training People to See Nature Kentucky Living Magazine, February 2012 Wren Smith, a Loretto co-member and naturalist, is featured in this month’s Kentucky Living Magazine. “When people can really see nature,” she explains, “they might try to understand it better, which will then help them to love it.” Read more.


Two educators mark 40 years in Catholic; enjoy students’ ‘spark of understanding’ Denver Catholic Register, February 1, 2012 Kathryn McNamee, former Loretto sister, is honored for 40 years in Catholic education. Read more.


Anna Barbara Sakurai CoL Remembered in the NYT Co-member and former sister Anna Barbara Sakurai was one of just a handful of people to be featured in the New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Lived” print edition. See it here.


Webster Honors Sr. Barbara Roche Webster-Kirkwood Times, December 16, 2011 The city of Webster Groves recently honored Sr. Barbara Roche, president of Nerinx Hall, declaring December 2 as Sr. Barbara Roche Day. Read more.


Live the Life! Fun Begins at 55! Alicia Ramirez SL is featured on the cover of the Clements Community Center newsletter, holding a piece of her woodwork. See it here.


On Sunday, Catholic service undergoes biggest change since Vatican II of 1960s Denver Post, November 26, 2011 “Catholics who have grown up with the freedom and ‘open window’ of Vatican II will find this new translation clumsy and very stilted,” said vigil organizer Mary Ann Cunningham, a retired Latin teacher and member of the Sisters of Loretto. Read more.


Great Women of Spirit Regis University Magazine, Fall 2011 Sister Mary Luke Tobin, a 1934 Loretto Heights College alumna and Denver native, was the first subject of a new “Great Women of Spirit” art series at Regis University. Read more.