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: Getting to Know Florence Wolff

Flipping through the paper finding aids of the Sisters of Loretto archives, one name appears at the top of each page more often than not: Sister Florence Wolff. Continue reading

LOREtto: The Sisters of Loretto and the Great Flood of 1937

Sister Nerinckx Blincoe SL, Superior of Loretto High School in Louisville, found herself in a predicament on Saturday, January 23, 1937. The Ohio River was flooding at record levels, and Louisville had been hit with 15 inches of rain in 12 days. Continue reading

LOREtto: Loretto in Taos

Fifty years of Loretto in Taos! And there would be almost one hundred more years! Who were these Loretto women? What part did they play in Taos history and what was their daily life like? Continue reading

LOREtto: Our First Registered Nurse

While the Sisters of Loretto are well known for the hundreds of teachers in their history, many Sisters also chose medical professions. While Sisters of Loretto served early on in nursing roles – such as during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 – it was not until 1944 that our very first Sister of Loretto, Sister M. Sienna (Mary Clara) Jansing SL, completed her certification to become a registered nurse. Continue reading

LOREtto: Agnesetta Reid’s Only Solace

For today’s LOREtto blog post, I’d like to highlight the life of Sister Agnesetta Reid SL, whose personal papers I recently processed in the Archives. Though Agnesetta’s life was short and often full of suffering, she was an inspiration to many and her legacy lives on today. Continue reading

LOREtto: Loretto History Through Comics

Throughout their 200-year history, Lorettos have seen the importance of sharing their past. Numerous Sister of Loretto have used their writing talents to record the history of their community through books, articles, pamphlets, and more. One unique way that stories about Loretto have been told are in the form of comics. Continue reading

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