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Denver Loretto Community hosts “Sustainability Afternoon”

By Libby Comeaux CoL / August 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

On July 13, 2019, the Denver Loretto Community hosted a Sustainability Afternoon. For the first half hour, the inspiration of Thomas Berry, Miriam McGillis, and Brian Swimme infused the gathering through an original development of their themes by Karen Kudebeh of Denver. She reminded us to inform our activities [to address climate change and ecological…

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Denver Hosts Leadership/Diversity Workshop

By Sally Maresh CoL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Since the Denver Center closed, Loretto has held a variety of opportunities for community gatherings. May 18 we gathered at Havern to hear Jean East ask us to realize that the electromagnetic field of our heart is 60 times greater than our brains, indicating the power of love over fear. It was a full-day workshop…

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Loretto Attends Presentation by Harvard Divinity School Fellows

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Lisa Reynolds and Sally Maresh Angie Thurston and Casper ter Kuile, the two Harvard Ministry Innovation Fellows who were part of the Emerging Forms presentation at our 2017  Assembly, spoke in Denver April 17, on “Responding to the Needs Of Millennials: ‘How We Gather.’ The Harvard Women’s Studies in Religion hosted their talk.  The…

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Regis Awards Lydia Peña Honorary Doctorate

By Loretto Community / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

(Editor’s Note: Below are the Rev. John Fitzgibbons’s commencement remarks.) In rare occasions, the Regis University Board of Trustees authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to individuals who have led lives of distinguished service and professional achievement. Today, we honor someone whose tireless dedication to her life’s work — as an educator, author, artist and…

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Lydia Peña’s Commencement Address Shares Words for Daily Living

By Lydia Peña SL / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Thank you Father Fitzbibbons and all gathered here today. I am humbled that Regis has recognized me with an honorary doctorate. Like so many things in my life, this is a gift I will cherish always. Coming from Regis University, where I have spent so much of my life, it means even more. Thank you…

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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Pancratia Hall on Loretto Heights College campus becomes apartment housing By Mary Nelle Gage SL Pancratia Hall, former dormitory and classroom building on the historic Loretto Heights College campus, built in 1929, will be transformed to create 65 affordable family apartments with adjacent courtyard. Some Loretto Heights alumnae, Sisters and Co-members toured Pan Hall in…

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Loretto Committees Sponsor Program on Active Nonviolence

By Jeanne Orrben CoL / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Denver Activities Committee and the Loretto Peace Committee sponsored a program on “Active Nonviolence: Our Response to Injustice in Our Time.” Byron Plumley facilitated the conversation. Byron was chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Department at Regis University. In his introduction he suggested that we are the “choir” since we are all committed…

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Loretto Heights College Comes Alive With the Sound of Music

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Loretto Heights College (LHC) campus, comprising just over 70 acres, was sold July 2018 by Teikyo-Colorado Heights to Westside Investment Partners. The cemetery was included in the sale. Among the 62 sisters buried there are Loretto Heights foundress Mother Pancratia Bonfils, 11 pioneer sisters who began coming to Denver in 1864 and Frances Marie Walsh,…

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Nasreen Daniel Offers Thanks from Pakistan to Loretto Schools

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Nasreen Daniel It had always been my desire to visit our Loretto schools in the United States and thank each person personally for their sensitivity to the needs of those who are not as fortunate. It was a God-given opportunity for me to stay in the United States this fall and travel to the…

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Loretto Spotlight: We’re Proud of You, Escuela!

By Loretto Community / October 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Escuela de Guadalupe is a Spanish-English bilingual Catholic school in northwest Denver, founded in 1999. The concept for the school began in conversations among the Sisters of Loretto, the Jesuits, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and other local community members. Vicki Schwartz SL now leads the dual-language, multi-cultural elementary school as interim president. She is…

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Mary Nelle Celebrates 50 Golden Years With Gratitude

By Loretto Community / September 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Cathy Mueller Mary Nelle Gage is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Loretto. When asked about her life in Loretto, her response is one of gratitude for the many opportunities that have been afforded her and the inspiration Loretto members have been and continue to be for her. Mary Nelle was teaching speech…

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Father Peter Urban Celebrates 60 Years as a Priest

By Loretto Community / September 2, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Kathy Santopietro Weddel Peter Urban “happened” to the Roman Catholic priesthood May 31, 1958, and the Church hasn’t been the same since. That “happening” continues as he lives his sacred promises each day that welcomes his generous smile. In 60 years people of all ages and stations in life have benefited from his decision…

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