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Eleanor Craig SL

Eleanor has been a Sister of Loretto since 1963 and an educator since birth. She graduated from two of Loretto's best known St. Louis institutions, Nerinx Hall High School in 1960, and Webster University in 1967. She taught mathematics at Loretto in Kansas City, where her personal passion for adventure history inspired her to develop and lead treks along the historic Oregon Trail. From 1998 to 2010 she created an award-winning program of outdoor adventure along the Western trails for teens who are visually impaired. Eleanor claims to have conducted more wagon trains to the West than the Mountain Men! From 2012 to 2021, Eleanor led a talented staff of archivists and preservationists at the Loretto Heritage Center on the grounds of the Motherhouse. She recently retired, but still serves in the Heritage Center as Loretto Community Historian.
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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Louise ‘Billie’ Vandover SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 12, 2022 /

Loretto Sister Mary Louise “Billie” Vandover SL, died Sunday morning, June 12, at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky., in the company of close friends, including Marie Lourde Steckler…

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Reflection on Pentecost Sunday

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 5, 2022 /

Acts 2:1-11       1 Corinthians 12:3-13       John 14:15-26 This feast of Pentecost is an inflection point. We hear a lot about inflection points, especially in…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 15, 2022 /

Acts 14:21-27      Revelation 21:1-5      John 13:31-35 In today’s passage from John’s Gospel, Jesus is at the Passover table with his disciples.  It is his final meal…

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Remembrance of the Life of Gabriel Mary Hoare SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 1, 2022 /

Loretto Sister Gabriel Mary Hoare died early morning May 1 at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in the company of the nursing staff. Gabe, as she was affectionately known, was 93…

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Reflection on the Easter Vigil

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 16, 2022 /

Romans 6:3-11   Luke 24:1-12 Blind night surrounds us in our long vigil.  We gather in the dusk to recall both the darkness of the womb and the darkness of…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Lent

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 13, 2022 /

Genesis 15:5-18      Philippians 3:20-4:1      Luke 9:28b-36 In these days of war and mounting danger, I find it difficult to know how to pray, for whom and…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Lou Gomez-Leon CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 8, 2022 /

Mary Lou Gomez-Leon was born May 3, 1927, to Laurencia Aizpuru and Ignacio Gomez-Leon. She was the older sister of Ignacio (Nacho) and Eddie. Mary Lou’s passions were her family, friends…

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Loretto and the Saint

By Eleanor Craig SL / February 1, 2022 /

Imagine having an income of $1000 a day and an inclination to be helpful to the most neglected communities of people. What would you do with your money? In 1885,…

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Reflection on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / January 30, 2022 /

Jeremiah 1:1-19       Psalm 71: 1-17       1 Corinthians 13:1-13       Luke 4:21:30 This morning’s Gospel reading from Luke follows directly from last Sunday’s reading.  And the two together bring to completion Luke’s…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Angela Mary (formerly Sister Stephen Mary) Murphy SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / January 16, 2022 /

Angela Mary Murphy was born in Sterling, Ill., the daughter of Stephen Andrew Murphy and Genevieve Angela Potts.  Angie was very proud that her great grandfather, Henry Potts, was a…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Edith Jones Seematter CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / January 8, 2022 /

Mary Edith Jones was born on March 28, 1937, at DePaul Hospital in St. Louis, the first of eight children of Ernest Robert and Rosemary Furlong Jones. She grew up…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 26, 2021 /

1 Samuel 1:20–28        1 John 3:1-24        Luke 2:41-52 Yesterday we celebrated Jesus’ “Birth Day,” and today we celebrate his family. Jesus was given to us in a family, given to…

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