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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.

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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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Ann (formerly Sister Ann Maurice) Barrett SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 13, 2021 /

Sister Ann Barrett wrote a brief account of her family life in 1976.  We recognize in these two paragraphs her lifelong love for her family and place of origin, an…

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Reflection on the First Sunday of Advent

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 28, 2021 /

Jeremiah 33:14-16      1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2      Luke 21:25-36 Last Sunday, the final Sunday of the liturgical year, Mary Swain pointed out to us that the Feast of…

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Reflection on the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 7, 2021 /

1 Kings 17:10-16     Hebrews 9:24-28     Mark 12:41-44 Widows are the heroines of today’s readings.  That’s an odd reversal of scriptural stereotypes.  Widows are poor and rarely…

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Reflection on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 17, 2021 /

Isaiah 53:10-11          Hebrews 4: 14-16          Mark 10-35-45 For the last couple of months of Sunday readings, we have heard Jesus teaching his…

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What’s in a Date?

By Eleanor Craig SL / October 1, 2021 /
Two pages of an antique book displaying biblical images and text.

August 15, September 8 and 15, October 25, December 8, April 25, May 24, May 31. What do these dates have in common? By the zodiac, they loosely demark the…

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Reflection on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 26, 2021 /

Numbers 11:25-29 James 5:1-6 Mark 9:38 … 48 “Whoever is not against us is for us.”  With these cryptic words, Jesus breaks through the partisan clannishness of his disciples and…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 15, 2021 /

Revelation 11:19; 12:1-10         1 Corinthians 15:20-27         Luke 7:39-56 When I rose early this morning, my Amaryllis had opened two glorious red blooms…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Jean (formerly Sister Regina Rose Burke) Johnson SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 15, 2021 /

(Editor’s Note: The first portion of this remembrance is Sister Jean Johnson’s autobiography. The latter portion was written by Eleanor Craig SL.) “On May 12, 1927, I arrived, the fifth…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Theresa (formerly Sister John Bosco) Coyle SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / July 14, 2021 /

Editor’s note: This is Theresa Louise Coyle’s own account of her life, pieced together from much longer essays whichshe composed in the decades since her Golden Jubilee in 1998. “In…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Sylvia Ginder SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / June 26, 2021 /

In early March of 1970, Sister Sylvia Ginder wrote to Sister Mary Luke Tobin, then completing her 12 years as the General Superior of the Sisters of Loretto. Sylvia’s letter is…

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