Welcome to LOREtto (pronounced “LORE-etto”), a blog created by Loretto Heritage Center to share insights into the rich history of the Loretto Community. Inspiration for each post comes from the records and artifacts found in our archives and museum. For any questions regarding the blog, please reach out to Katie Santa Ana, Archivist, at ksantaana@lorettocommunity.org. For additional information about the archives and museum, please see the Loretto Heritage Center webpage.

LOREtto: Our Second Archivist, M. Matilda Barrett

In June of 1968, author Paul Horgan wrote to Sister Mary Luke Tobin SL:​ ​“I have never forgotten the kindness and generosity of my reception at Loretto; and Sister Matilda’s lovely enthusiasm, her warm eagerness to help a fellow-scholar, and her imaginative search for materials touched me greatly.​ Continue Reading​

LOREtto: “A small spot of land …” (Part 1)

The Heritage Center has a beautifully conserved print of Little Loretto, the original home of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross. Continue Reading

LOREtto: Imelda Wallace and Old Mrs. Sullivan’s Curse

As I process the personal papers that sisters donated to the archives, I learn about the varied lives and careers that Sisters of Loretto have had. One sister whose story has fascinated me recently is Sister Imelda Wallace SL, the focus of this week’s LOREtto blog post. Continue Reading

LOREtto: Our First Archivist, M. Antonella Hardy

This article marks a first for the Loretto Heritage Center, posting from Nerinx, Kentucky: the inaugural post for our new blog, LOREtto. Through this platform, we hope to share stories from the vibrant history of the Loretto Community we at the Heritage Center encounter daily in our museum and archives. In keeping with the spirit of “firsts,” for this first article we will look into the history of the archives itself and our very first archivist: Mary Antonella Hardy, better known as simply “Antonella.” Continue Reading