For more than 40 years, Loretto Co-members have enriched the life of Loretto. Their presence is reflected in relationships, service on committees, financial support and participating in the many missions of Loretto. Learn more about the Co-Members of Loretto.

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Co-member Alice Kitchen Receives Starr Women’s Hall of Fame Award

By Jean East CoL / April 5, 2023 /

Congratulations to Alice Kitchen, co-member and a coordinator of the Loretto Feminist Network, who was honored at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and received the Starr Women’s Hall of…

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The adventurous life of Rod Hernley, Loretto’s Denver tech guru

By Christina Manweller / April 1, 2023 /
A bearded man standing in front of an electronics working station smiling for a photo.

“If I had to describe Rod in three words, they would be gracious, generous and calm. In the 12 years I’ve known him, he has always made time to assist…

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Spotlight on Loretto wisdom women – April 2023

By Joy Jensen SL / April 1, 2023 /
A short-haired with glasses woman smiling in a grey sweater at a table indoors.

Editor’s note: We are featuring interviews of Loretto Community elders. We are grateful to the sisters and to Joy Jensen for sharing wonderful snapshots of our beloved Community members. Today…

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Celebrating Loretto’s Social Workers!

By Loretto Community / March 20, 2023 /
A woman with a beaming smile holding a young infant on her lap sits in the green space of an apartment complex.

This week, we will highlight some Loretto social workers, who, like St. Katharine Drexel, have dedicated their lives to doing inspiring work on behalf of others. Loretto can identify with…

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Remembrance of the Life of Barbara Kinney CoL

By Loretto Community / February 22, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and hoop earrings, wearing a colorful patterned scarf and black jacket smiling brightly for a headshot picture.

Loretto Co-member Barbara Kinney died in her sleep Feb. 22 in a rehab center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Barbara was an active Loretto co-member since 2014 and a supportive friend…

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Loretto honors 2022 jubilarians*

By Loretto Community / February 19, 2023 /

75 years Katherine Ann Heinz SL Katherine Ann spent 36 years as a teacher, mostly in lower grades at schools in El Paso, St. Louis and Denver. She then worked…

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Loretto celebrates its New Mexico legacy

By Loretto Community / February 17, 2023 /
Two women lean in for a photo together.

Community members and friends gathered this past September to celebrate Loretto’s 170th anniversary of working and serving in New Mexico. “Our Lady of Light,” the painting donated to the Museum…

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Remembrance of the Life of Maria Brann CoL

By Loretto Community / February 13, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair with a bright pink stripe in the center wearing a crown headband and a white sweater with a colorful cat graphic smiling brightly for a picture while sitting in a red recliner chair indoors and holding papers in her hands.

Loretto Co-member Maria Brann, in the company of good friends, died Feb. 13 at St. Anne’s Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor in San Francisco. Maria was 97.…

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How St. Hildegard inspired this nurse’s care for the dying

By Loretto Community / February 7, 2023 /

Published by U.S. Catholic on February 2, 2023 “I just wanted someone to listen,” said the shirtless man propped on pillows in a hospital bed, his voice cracking and eyes…

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Spotlight Video: Susan Classen CoL

By Loretto Community / February 5, 2023 /
A woman standing near a window inside a simple room, smiles.

Susan Classen CoL arrived at Cedars of Peace in 2003 and has been lovingly restoring the cabins and caring for the Cedars environment ever since. Her commitment to providing a…

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Sharing Our Story: Celebrating Loretto Members’ Long and Vital Writing Tradition

By Loretto Community / January 23, 2023 /
Collage of the covers of books and publications including "Loretto Magazine," "Mostly for Promise," "A Path to the Divine in Human Life," "Interchange," "Loretto Circle eNewsletter," and "Journal Reflections."

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. American novelist Toni Morrison By…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jo Ann Purcell CoL

By Loretto Community / January 14, 2023 /
A woman with short grey hair and glasses wearing a red blazer with a gold pin and a pearl necklace smiling for a headshot picture with a plain beige background.

Loretto Co-member Josephine Ann “Jo Ann” (O’Connell) Purcell died peacefully Jan. 14 at The Ridge at Pinehurst in Denver in the company of family. She was 89 and in her…

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