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The Importance of Education: Loretto Ph.Ds.* Past and Present

By Loretto Community / August 29, 2022 /
A triptych sculpture displays habited sisters teaching and serving children.

I Am the Way, the constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto, has always had as the spirit of the “Institute” the mandate to find joy and excellence in the mission…

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‘Operation Sacred Rescue’: Remains of 62 Loretto Sisters from Loretto Heights Cemetery Reinterred

By Loretto Community / August 24, 2022 /
Amidst rows of wooden caskets, a woman bends down to lay a flower on top of one.

A memorial Mass and recommittal service for 62 Sisters of Loretto, formerly buried at Loretto Heights Cemetery took place Aug. 22, at Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wheat Ridge, Colo.…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Lee Murphy (formerly Sister Marie Dolores Phillips) SL

By Loretto Community / August 24, 2022 /

Sister Mary Lee Murphy (formerly Sister Marie Dolores Phillips) SL died Aug. 24 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 93 and in the 74th year of her life as a…

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Loretto Heritage Center Preserves, Spreads Loretto Story Far and Wide

By Loretto Community / August 22, 2022 /
Archival class photo of ten girls in early 20th century dresses. The five girls seated in the front row hold typwriters on their laps.

Located on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., the Loretto Heritage Center houses documents and artifacts from the 200-plus year history of the Sisters of Loretto and…

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Tragedy and Triumph: The Early Days of Lorettines in Missouri

By Loretto Community / August 19, 2022 /
Archival photo of seven nuns in habits standing in front of a train car.

By Katie Daugherty The Heritage Center was thrilled to welcome Katie Daugherty as our 2022 summer intern. Katie came from Sylva, NC, where she is Head of the Circulation Department…

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Interfaith Panel Discussion on the 77th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki, Japan

By Loretto Community / August 17, 2022 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

Notions of white supremacy and racism have deep ties to the history and culture of nuclear weapons. International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Over the years, several Loretto members have…

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The Importance of Mary, Jesus’ mother, to Loretto

By Loretto Community / August 15, 2022 /
A bronze sculpture of a woman looking up and stepping forward with her hands reaching up to the sky. Trees flower behind her.

Hail, daughter of God the Father. Hail, Mother of God the Son.Hail, Spouse of God the Holy Ghost. Hail, Temple of the Blessed Trinity. Excerpt from morning prayer used at…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jane Elizabeth Kosters CoL

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 10, 2022 /

(Editor’s note: Loretto Co-member Jane Elizabeth Kosters died Aug. 10, 2022, in Denver. She would have turned 80 years old Aug. 17.) Jane Kosters began telling us about herself in…

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Hiroshima: A Peace Committee Call for a Community Read

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / August 10, 2022 /

In 1946 The New Yorker devoted an entire edition to publishing John Hersey’s “Hiroshima.” Hersey reported on six residents. They were there in the city and, by turns of fate,…

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In Praise of Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary: All Are Welcome!

By Loretto Community / August 8, 2022 /
People wearing green shirts and N95 masks pose in a multilevel courtyard, holding letters that together read "WE ARE BLESSED."

Our Sisters came to this holy place. We have been led to this holy space. The Spirit, their spirits are here.  From “The Journey,” lyrics and music by Mary Alma…

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Let’s Talk about Nukes

By Karel Disponett CoL / August 3, 2022 /
a banner that says "Remove Nukes from Dangerous Hands"

August 6 marks the 77th anniversary of the dropping of a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima by the United States. According to Alliance for Science, “A total of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and…

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‘Gentlemen, if you take the house, you will have to take the sisters also!’

By Loretto Community / August 1, 2022 /
Photo of road sign reading "Pancratia St" with historic Pancratia Hall in the background

With the discovery of gold on the banks of Cherry Creek in Denver in 1864, the Sisters of Loretto in Santa Fe, N.M., were asked by Father Joseph Projectus Machebeuf…

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