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Barbara Nicholas SL

Barbara has been a Sister of Loretto since 1961. For 37 years, her professional career was as a registered nurse in Oncology at Baptist Health Louisville where she served as "bedside nurse," cancer program coordinator and community educator in cancer prevention and early detection. Currently, she is President of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto Community. Barbara resides in Louisville.
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A letter from Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL

By Barbara Nicholas SL / September 22, 2023 /
Head shot of Sr. Barbara Nicholas taken outside on a sunny day.

Dear Reader, One of the most memorable commentaries that Sister Mary Luke Tobin ever articulated came in reference to the Sisters of Loretto who made the decision to leave the…

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A letter from Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL

By Barbara Nicholas SL / June 19, 2023 /
Head shot of Sr. Barbara Nicholas taken outside on a sunny day.

Recently, I received a letter from a fifth grader at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colo. I’ll call her Bridget. “I love helping others, drawing and building things to help…

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A Letter from Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL

By Barbara Nicholas SL / February 17, 2023 /

Dear Reader, In a previous issue, I wrote briefly about my few days spent as a resident in the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary where I recovered from the surgical procedure called…

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Thanksgiving Message from Barbara Nicholas

By Barbara Nicholas SL / November 24, 2022 /

Dear Loretto Community. Warm greetings to each of you. As the 4th Thursday in November approaches, I think of it as the most culturally conflicted, historically misunderstood of our national…

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Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary Receives ‘The Best of Kentucky’ Award

By Barbara Nicholas SL / November 21, 2022 /
Five people stand proudly in front of an award backdrop with the text "KAHCF-KCAL" printed repeatedly.

Everyone around the Loretto Motherhouse is exclaiming over the recognition of Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary as “The Best of Kentucky” by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities/Kentucky Center for Assisted Living (KAHCF/KCAL).…

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Loretto High School Alumnae Association Grants Support Loretto Values, Mission

By Barbara Nicholas SL / June 1, 2017 /
A grand white mansion with four columns in the front and lush green grass, bushes, and trees surrounding it.

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…

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RPF Committee Helps Community Move Forward

By Barbara Nicholas SL / November 1, 2016 /

Responsible Planning for the Future (RPF) is the name of a new committee suggested in 2015 by the Community Forum and affirmed by the Forum in 2016. One of the…

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