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Mary Nelle Gage SL

Mary Nelle was raised in Texas and graduated from Loretto Heights College ('66) where she met the Sisters of Loretto. After entering Loretto in 1967, she taught English, speech and drama at St. Mary's Academy and Machebeuf High School. Mary Nelle joined Sister Susan Carol McDonald in Saigon, Vietnam, to care for orphans and to assist with their adoption. For 20 years she resettled refugees for several church agencies. For 30 years she has done customer service at American Airlines and does occasional marketing for EarthLinks. She is involved in the preservation and re-development of the LHC (Loretto Heights College) campus.

Forward, Forward Loretto

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 2, 2019 /

“Forward, Forward Loretto. Hold the torch ever firm in your hand. Let the rays of its light lead you onward.  Spreading courage and hope through the land. Thy shining fame has enrolled thy name. With the brightest of all our lights, long may you stand, so proud and grand, our own Loretto Heights.” These verses…

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Loretto Heights College Comes Alive With the Sound of Music

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / February 1, 2019 /

Loretto Heights College (LHC) campus, comprising just over 70 acres, was sold July 2018 by Teikyo-Colorado Heights to Westside Investment Partners. The cemetery was included in the sale. Among the 62 sisters buried there are Loretto Heights foundress Mother Pancratia Bonfils, 11 pioneer sisters who began coming to Denver in 1864 and Frances Marie Walsh,…

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Loretto Honors Denver Center’s Legacy

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / February 1, 2018 /

More than 100 Loretto Community members and friends, celebrated the 53-year legacy of the Denver Loretto Center on Dec. 8, 2017. Father Marty Lally concelebrated the Loretto feast day Mass of the Immaculate Conception with Fathers Roland Freeman, longtime Loretto Center chaplain, Michael De Sciose and Ben Meyer. Barbara Schulte and Mary Ellen McElroy proclaimed…

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Loretto Explores Options to Preserve Loretto Heights Cemetery

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / June 1, 2017 /

For a century and a quarter the iconic tower of Loretto Heights has stood atop Sheridan Hill in southwest Denver. Sister Pancratia Bonfils, niece of Frederick Bonfils, founder of the Denver Post, purchased 40 acres to establish Loretto Heights Academy in 1888. Loretto Heights College (LHC) began in 1918, continuing until 1989 when the campus…

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