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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.
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Standing on the Shoulders of the Ones Who Came Before Us

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / May 24, 2022 /
A group of people holding flowers gather outside in prayer on a spring evening.

On April 25 we gathered in the Loretto Heights cemetery in Denver to celebrate Loretto’s Foundatio Day and honor “the ones who came before us.” Attendees included several sisters of…

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On the ground as the North Vietnamese army advanced

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 7, 2021 /
A young boy sits on the knee of a smiling woman.

Aiding orphans in Vietnam wasn’t new to Ruth Routten CoL, an American Airlines flight attendant who, on her days off, had escorted children from Vietnam to adoptive families starting in…

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Vietnam: answering the call

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 7, 2021 /
Three women, one holding a baby stand in a doorway in this black and white archival photo.

‘Get your passport, get your shots; I need help.’ Susan Carol McDonald SL to Mary Nelle Gage SL in June 1973 The Vietnam War gave rise to thousands of orphans.…

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EarthLinks: 25 years bringing healing beauty of nature to homeless individuals

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / July 15, 2021 /
A person in full beekeeping protective gear holds up a fresh comb of honey.

EarthLinks … creates Earth-centered programming for people experiencing homelessness and economic poverty. EarthLinks program participants are given a safe, peaceful space to foster empowerment resilience, and collectivity while also sustaining…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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