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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.

Loretto Heights College to Serve as Affordable Housing

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / February 1, 2021 /
The front entrance of a large brick building with a large staircase sprinkled with snow before the front doors.

For a century Sisters of Loretto educated girls and young women at Loretto Heights Academy and Loretto Heights College under the banner “Fides, Mores, Cultura.” Pancratia Bonfils SL purchased farmland…

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Forward, Forward Loretto

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 1, 2019 /
A large red brick building with a large tower in the center and big green trees on either side.

“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 /
A choir sings in a two-story church chapel with a center organ. Many singers are wearing large coats and winter attire.

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 /
A church service with attendees standing and singing together while reading booklets.

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 /
A religious cemetery with white tombstones and a white cross and bench on a sunny day.

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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