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Eleanor Craig SL

Eleanor has been a Sister of Loretto since 1963 and an educator since birth. She studied and taught mathematics at Loretto in Kansas City, but her personal passion for adventure history has inspired her to develop and lead treks along the historic western trails (she's conducted more wagon trains along the Oregon Trail than the Mountain Men). Presently, Eleanor leads a talented staff of archivists and preservationists at the Loretto Heritage Center on the grounds of the Motherhouse.
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Reflection on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 6, 2021 /

Exodus 24:3-8.           Hebrews 9:11-15.           Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 Last Sunday Eileen Custy introduced her reflections saying, “The God I grew up with is not the God I know now, and I suspect the same is true for all of you.”  It’s true for me. In fact, the God I know now is not even the God I knew…

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Remembrance of the Life of Eileen Wirtz CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 1, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Eileen Loretto Wirtz passed away peacefully on June 1, 2021, in Overland Park, Kan.  In the 14th  year of her Loretto commitment, she was capping a lifetime as a high school student, college graduate, teaching colleague, and parent with the Sisters of Loretto. She attended high school at Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Mo., and earned…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Easter

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 18, 2021 /

Acts 3:13-19    1 John 2:1-5    Luke 24:35-48 Sometimes thoughts and prayers just don’t come together to make a good homily. Today is one of those days. After a strong start, what I have to offer are just a few hints and fragments.  As we listened to this morning’s Gospel, did you find yourself envying the disciples? There they…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marjorie Riggs CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2021 /

Marjorie Riggs died in the 25th year of her Loretto Co-membership. When she applied for co-membership in late 1996, Marge wrote an autobiography in which she laid out her life in plain and simple words: “I was born in the small town of Olathe, on the western slope of the Colorado Rockies. I am the…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Denis Bruck SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2021 /

Hedwig Isabelle Catherine Bruck arrived as Frank and Mary Bruck’s first child exactly nine months after their marriage, “an embarrassment” her parents joked. She was born in Quincy, Ill., although both sides of her family were settled in St. Louis. Mary Denis, as she would be known for 78 years in Loretto, gave an extensive…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Theresa Louise Wiseman SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 27, 2021 /

Mary Theresa Wiseman was the oldest child of Charles Bernard and Christine Margaret McMillen Wiseman, two Catholics from the area around Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Ky.  Their family grew to include five girls and two boys.  Bernard was a farmer and the family moved from time to time.  Theresa was born in Hodgenville in Larue…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 21, 2021 /

Jeremiah 31:31-34        Hebrews 5:7-9        John 12:20-33 Happy springtime to all of you!   Have you ever thought what it would be like if Lent, Holy Week and Easter occurred in the fall instead of the spring? How different that would be, if it even could be. The liturgical and natural…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (formerly Sister Marian Francis) McWilliams SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 9, 2021 /

Elizabeth Jane McWilliams was born in Rockford, Ill., the only child of Frances Marguerite “Betty” McWilliams and Francis Lloyd “Mac” McWilliams.  These two Midwesterners amply gifted their daughter with Midwestern frankness and the Catholic faith.  In a lengthy interview during Loretto’s 2012 Jubilee, Betty began with her growing up and how she got to Loretto:…

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Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / February 7, 2021 /

Job 7:1-71         Corinthians 9:16-23         Mark 1:29-39 The first reading for this Sunday made me cringe: What in the world can I do with Job! We’re just not comfortable with complaining; not such free-flowing, extended complaining. We don’t generally approve of complaining, not when it is on purpose and at…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Epiphany

By Eleanor Craig SL / January 3, 2021 /

Isaiah 60:1-6                            Ephesians 3:2-6                       Matt 2:1-12 The key to this feast is in the epistle of Paul, in which he writes to the Ephesians of a mystery made known to him by revelation, the totally unexpected word that the Gentiles are also heirs, like Israel, of God’s promises — the promises realized in the Good…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Frances (formerly Sister Mary Roland)Weber SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 16, 2020 /

Sister Frances Weber was born Cornelia Frances Weber in Freeport, Texas, one of four children of Roland Emile Weber and Elizabeth Mary Kleinpeter, both Louisianans by birth. To her parents and her siblings, Helen, Joe and James, she was Connie. She first came to know the Sisters of Loretto when her mother enrolled her in school…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Advent

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 6, 2020 /

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11        Ps 85:9-14        2 Peter 3:8-14        Mark 1:1-8 “Make way, make way” is a refrain usually shouted by those who announce the coming of someone important.   In Biblical times, the important ones were troops of the Empire; Roman dignitaries and regional officials; exotic rulers…

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