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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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Maureen (formerly Sister Ann Maureen) McCormack SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 24, 2020 /

Maureen Frances McCormack was born in St. Louis, the third of four daughters born to John Clement McCormack of Waukon, Iowa, and Ozzara Deluhery of Los Angeles. Maureen’s older sisters,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Gaetana ‘Gay’ Lenox CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 1, 2020 /

Gay DiCerto Lenox was born in El Cento, Calif., May 19, 1935. She was baptized Gaetana Angela, but was known as Gay. Her parents were Valentino and Angeline Christine DiCerto.…

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