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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 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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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Ann (formerly Sister Mary Fidelia) Gohl SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 28, 2020 /

Lois Ann Gohl was born the fifth child of William August Julius Gohl, of St. Paul, Minn., and Rose Caroline Woerner Gohl of St. Louis. Their large family home was in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, where Ann attended the public grade and high schools. With these bare-bones facts, we pick up Ann’s own account…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Kay (formerly Sister Timothy Marie) Lane SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 14, 2020 /

(Author’s Note on Kay Lane SL: Kay left us nothing written about herself. But she was a great storyteller.  What follows here are the facts from Kay’s personnel record, embellished with the memories of her novitiate classmates, friends with whom she lived and worked, and especially her close friend, Kathleen Tighe SL.) If Kay Lane were…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Marietta Goy SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 5, 2020 /

Author’s Note: This remembrance of Sister Marietta Goy draws heavily on the report of an interview of Marietta done in 2008 by Kathleen O’Malley.  Additional material is from Marietta’s personnel file. When Marietta Goy came into the world she was baptized Geraldine.  She grew up in the farming community of Sublette, Ill., as the oldest…

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Reflection on the Solemnity of All Saints

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 1, 2020 /

Revelation 7:2 ff. 1 John 3:1 ff. Matthew 5:1 ff. Happy All Saints Day! We have a set of readings today that tell us how one gets to be a saint. Each scriptural passage seems to say, do this and you will succeed, do this and you will win the prize, do this and you…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Rita Maureen Hurtt SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 19, 2020 /

Rita Hurtt was the third of four children of Arthur and Gertrude Hurtt of Pagedale, on the inner ring of St. Louis suburbs where families had large yards and gardens. Rita tells us something about her family and early childhood in a small essay she wrote titled “Three Cheers forChildhood”: “Being young and carefree as…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Katherine Hammett SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 17, 2020 /

A year ago, Mary Katherine Hammett’s younger brother, Johnny, wasn’t able to attend her 75th jubilee. So Johnny and his wife, Lois, wrote out and sent a collection of their memories and these give us the beginning of the story of Mary Katherine’s life.  Mary Katherine was born on May 20, 1925, in Colorado Springs, Colo.,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Joan Blessum Mahan CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 6, 2020 /

Author’s Note: The following is drawn in large measure from a remembrance by Margaret Blessum, the youngest of the Blessum family, in celebration of her older sister, Joan.  It was delivered by Margaret at the service before Joan’s burial in Louisiana. There were 10 children in the family of Ray Benjamin and Maynelle Stevenson Blessum. …

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Reflection on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 27, 2020 /

Ezekiel 18:25-28 Philippians 2:1-11 Matthew 21:28-32 I have my own version of the Gospel story: My mother would say to my sister, ‘Please wash the dishes,’ and my sister would say an emphatic, belligerent ‘NO!’ It was clear she would not change her mind without confrontation. My mother would then sigh and say to me,…

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