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LGBT Catholics Are Hopeful in the Age of Pope Francis


By Jeannine Gramick Although the rain came down in a deluge all weekend, the 300 Catholics gathered at a Chicago hotel April 28-30 didn’t seem to be bothered. Inside it seemed like a rainbow of participants and presenters who discussed the theme “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis.” “What a wonderful, enlivening gathering of people of great heart and great hope,” said Anna Koop, who represented Loretto at the gathering. The Loretto Community, along with 50 other LCWR and various national organizations, proudly endorsed the event. The opening keynoter, Brian Massingale, professor of … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Academy Sends Thanks to Loretto Pen Pals


By Regina Drey Loretto members enriched the St. Mary’s Academy students’ experience as pen pals to in-person and virtual visitors this school year. The Lower School Loretto Pen Pal Project involved Loretto members and friends. The students connected with two Loretto pen pals, one from the Motherhouse and one from Denver, each pairing with small groups of students. Students enjoyed crafting letters. They were delighted to receive cheery notes, long letters, photos or sometimes small gifts or treats in return. Students don’t often get mail, so the letters were very special! One student summed it all up, “They are nice … Continue reading

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Loretto Explores Options to Preserve Loretto Heights Cemetery


By Mary Nelle Gage 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 Denver Post, purchased 40 acres to establish Loretto Heights Academy in 1888. Loretto Heights College (LHC) began in 1918, continuing until 1989 when the campus was deeded to Regis College. Teikyo University purchased the college that same year. November 2016 Teikyo announced its intention to sell the campus. Loretto’s first concern was that of our cemetery and the 62 Sisters of Loretto buried there. Pearl McGivney … Continue reading

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Ritual Honors Closing of St. Louis Center


By Donna Day It is true … Community happened here … mission happened here … hospitality happened here … love happened here. “It is true — the doors of the past, which opened onto their own special blessings, encourage us to open the doors of the present and the future.” Mary Luke Tobin did not know, of course, that her words from Hope Is an Open Door would be used to begin the ritual celebrating the summer 2017 closing of the St. Louis Center. The ritual, celebrated Dec. 8, 2016, led the residents, Executive Committee, Forum, CPC and guests from … Continue reading

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Longtime Loretto Friend, Ann Wall Richards, Becomes Co-member


By Anna Koop Ann Wall Richards now can be assured that she can put Loretto Community Member on her tombstone, which she said was one of her long-term goals. Ann has been a Loretto friend for decades, participating in a variety of Loretto activities. She has belonged to a gospel group and theology book group in Denver. Ann has attended many Loretto events such as LWN and LEN and Loretto retreats. She will not be a new face to the Loretto Community. I have had the pleasure of sharing an IATW group with Ann in which she is an elder … Continue reading

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Havern School — Fifty Years and Counting


By Marlene Spero The 2016-2017 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Havern School. Located in Littleton, Colo., Havern is a Loretto-founded-and-sponsored school that officially opened its doors in September 1966 to 24 learning- disabled students. On the faculty and staff were several Sisters of Loretto, two of whom had just returned from a special graduate program at Syracuse University in a new and exciting field of educating students with perceptual handicaps, a term later changed to learning disabilities. After completing the master’s program and doing an internship at Pathways in Norristown, Penn., they returned to Littleton … Continue reading

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