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LOREtto: Our First Archivist, M. Antonella Hardy

LOREtto: Our First Archivist, M. Antonella Hardy By Katie Santa Ana This article marks a first for the Loretto Heritage Center, posting from Nerinx, Kentucky: the inaugural post for our new blog, LOREtto. Through this platform, we hope to share stories from the vibrant history of the Loretto Community we at the Heritage Center encounter daily in our museum and archives. In keeping with the spirit of “firsts,” for this first article we will look into the history of the archives itself and our very first archivist: Mary Antonella Hardy, better known as simply “Antonella.” Born Virginia Lee Hardy in … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Elizabeth Annette (Betty) Connor CoL (formerly Sister M. Annunciata SL)

July 13, 1934 — Jan. 7, 2018 Elizabeth Annette Connor was born in Iowa City, Iowa, the middle child among six siblings: Dick, Kathleen, who died at age 4, and Jim; then younger siblings Dan, Bob and Pauline. Their father, Richard James Connor of Alta, Iowa, was a hospital administrator, and their mother, Pauline Elizabeth (Teefey) Connor of Iowa City, was a nurse. The family moved to Columbia, Mo., for most of Betty’s grade school years, and then to Denver, where Betty attended Cathedral High School and one year at Loretto Heights College. In the summer of 1953, Betty wrote to Mother … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll SL

Sept. 10, 1919 — Dec. 29, 2017 Virginia Ann Driscoll arrived at Loretto in October 1940, and with several Webster classmates was received on April 25, 1941. She made her first vows on the same date in 1943 and her final vows on August 15, 1946. Virginia Ann retained her baptismal name as her religious name but was often referred to as “VA” to distinguish her from another Sister Virginia Ann Driscoll, who had been Sister Cosmos and served in El Paso at Nazareth Hall Retirement Center. VA wrote several whimsical sketches for her personnel record, including the following: “My … Continue reading

Loretto Joins with LCWR to Denounce Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

Jan. 11, 2018 The Loretto Community joins with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in strongly denouncing the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons. The TPS program is designed to protect people from being returned to … Continue reading

Remembrance of the Life of Sister Carol (formerly Sister Mary Gerard SSM) Kaiman SL

Nov. 9, 1934 — Dec. 23, 2017 Carol Mary Lucienne Kaiman submitted an autobiography to the Loretto Heritage Center on June 10, 2014, with a note: “Read at my wake or funeral.” At the same time and in the years since, Carol gave us additional biographical information, much of which we have incorporated into this account of Carol’s life. Carol began her account: “I was born in Mt. Olive, Ill., and raised in Webster Groves, Mo.” Carol’s birth parents were Robert Braun and Lucienne Deschodt. Very early in Carol’s life, her mother married Lambert Kaiman, who adopted Carol and confirmed … Continue reading

Epiphany Reflection

Epiphany Reflection, Jan. 6, 2018 Seek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to God. For in seeking its well-being, you shall find your own. Jer.29:7 The prophets called upon the people: Raise your eyes and look about. Your heart shall overflow at what you see. Places we go are often only lit by the light of faith. Like the Magi, our search pushes us onward to look for the holy, to understand the promise of the One who calls us forward. It is ours to follow the star, expect the light, bring … Continue reading

New Year’s Message of Peace

Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: By the tender mercy of our God, who will bring the rising Sun to visit us, to give light to those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.                      Luke 1: 79 What is the peace of Christ? It is shalom – the fullness of Life, the fertility of the land, the blessings of God, the joy of community. In our world today the cry for peace is … Continue reading

Reflections on the Closing of the Denver Center

  “How wonderful to see so many people gathered here today as we celebrate more than 53 years of life, love and ministry that have emanated from those who lived and worked at this Center and who have touched the lives of countless individuals both near and far. “Five minutes is a brief time to reflect on the past and dream about the future. In thinking about this reflection, many themes came and went. The most enduring was that of gratitude–thanksgiving for the multitude of ways this Center, its residents and ministries have been blessed throughout the years. God has … Continue reading

Denver Loretto Center Celebrates Fitting ‘Goodbye’

“Loretto came to be and comes to be through the creative Spirit of God, whose grace worked powerfully in our founders and continues to work in the community as a whole and in each of its members.” — From “I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions   More than 100 Loretto Community members, friends, family and clergy gathered to bid farewell to the Loretto Center Denver the evening of Dec. 8. The Center was built in 1963 and opened as Havern School for Learning Disabled Children in 1964. Its dual purpose was as a novitiate for Loretto postulants and novices in … Continue reading

Loretto Community Supports 2017 U.N. Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

  The Loretto Community firmly and unequivocally supports the 2017 U.N. Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons. We call upon the President and Congress of the United States of America, where we are based, to immediately support the abolition and unilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons, which means to discontinue all further testing, production, updating and deployment of nuclear weapons. This year the United Nations celebrated its 72nd year of promoting world peace and sustainability. This has been an especially fruitful year at the U.N.: on July 7, 2017, after five months of negotiations, 122 nation states approved a treaty to formally … Continue reading