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The heart of the Rocky Mountains, Denver has been home to Loretto members since before Colorado became a state. We continue to build on our mission of education and service to people in need.

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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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‘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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Sisters of Loretto continue to educate, even beyond the grave

By Loretto Community / July 22, 2022 /
Fourteen men and women pose in front of the Loretto Heights Cemetery, with the large white crucifix and gravestones visible in the background.

Now that the remains of all 62 Sisters of Loretto have been exhumed from Loretto Heights Cemetery, Loretto leadership recently gave permission to Lauren Hosek, Ph.D., to conduct an analysis…

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Loretto Heights provides affordable housing

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / July 12, 2022 /

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Lucius Annaeus Seneca Pancratia Hall has been carefully restored and renovated into affordable housing apartments including a number of three and…

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Bringing Sisters Back Together: Loretto Begins Exhumation of Sisters Buried in Loretto Heights Cemetery

By Loretto Community / July 6, 2022 /
A rusted and dirt crusted rosary is displayed in outstretched hands.

Five years ago, with the announcement of the pending sale of the Loretto Heights campus, Loretto began prayerful and thoughtful research into how the Community could best ensure the perpetual…

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Standing on the Shoulders of the Ones Who Came Before Us

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / May 24, 2022 /
A group of people holding flowers gather outside in prayer on a spring evening.

On April 25 we gathered in the Loretto Heights cemetery in Denver to celebrate Loretto’s Foundatio Day and honor “the ones who came before us.” Attendees included several sisters of…

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EarthLinks: 25 years bringing healing beauty of nature to homeless individuals

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / July 15, 2021 /
A person in full beekeeping protective gear holds up a fresh comb of honey.

EarthLinks … creates Earth-centered programming for people experiencing homelessness and economic poverty. EarthLinks program participants are given a safe, peaceful space to foster empowerment resilience, and collectivity while also sustaining…

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Loretto Treasures: Webster University and Loretto Heights College

By Loretto Community / May 24, 2021 /
Looking up at a large brick building with "Loretto College" carved across the front, under an ornate rose window.

From the foundation of the Sisters of Loretto in 1812 to this day, education is central to the mission of Loretto. Schools were formed as the initial work of the…

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Spotlight Video: Anna Koop SL

By Loretto Community / February 8, 2021 /
Woman in red turtleneck sits on a couch in sun splashes

This video features Anna Koop SL, one of the founders of Denver’s Catholic Worker House, which opened in 1978. Denver’s original Catholic Worker House burned in 2015; two years ago,…

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What’s new at Loretto Heights? Potentially a crucial vote on when to start the project.

By Loretto Community / February 6, 2021 /

Published by the Denverite on February 5, 2021 Editor’s Note: This story ran Feb. 5 in the Denverite, an online member-supported news organization. The article by Estaban L. Hernandez offers…

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November 11, 1918: War and Pandemic

By Regina Drey SL / November 11, 2020 /

Note from the Editor of St. Mary’s Academy Newsletter: Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the…

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Loretto rises to the challenge of distance learning

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Buffy Boesen SL and Melissa Casale for information on distance learning at Loretto Academy. Regina Drey SL wrote the St. Mary’s Academy story. Loretto Academy,…

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