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Ayla Toussaint

Ayla Toussaint is archivist for the Loretto Heritage Center on the Loretto Motherhouse grounds in Nerinx, Ky. Her occasional posts may be found on the Heritage Center’s blog, “LOREetto.”
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Sighting of Spirits and the Devil

By Ayla Toussaint / October 5, 2020 /

Throughout Christianity, there have been stories of people who have seen signs of spirits, demons, and other malevolent beings.  The frequency of these experiences, the imagery in them, and how people received them has changed throughout the centuries, but the beliefs and messages behind them have not.  This post focuses on two accounts of Loretto…

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Experiencing the Stories: Learning History That Makes Loretto Unique

By Ayla Toussaint / December 2, 2019 /

When I was hired straight out of graduate school as the Loretto Heritage Center archivist, I was ecstatic. As an archivist, my job revolves around saving stories and preserving them for future generations. To do this, archivists collect administrative papers, photographs, personal diaries and writings and a host of other documents.  Women’s history has been…

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