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History

Two hundred years and counting! Loretto has responded to the call of God to serve God’s people. From children to adults, from elementary to graduate-level education, from eldercare to advocacy for the homelessness and underserved, Loretto has left its mark on the world as it seeks to “work for justice and act for peace.” Learn more about the history of Loretto.

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Tracing the Bowling Family

By Susanna Pyatt / January 31, 2023 /
Photo collage of 14 habited nuns, all sharing a family resemblance.

It’s not uncommon to find Sisters of Loretto who are biologically related to each other, usually as sisters, cousins, or aunts and nieces. Heritage Center staff may find these connections…

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Q & A with Allen Carl Larson, publicizing letters between Conrad N. Hilton and two Loretto Sisters

By Loretto Community / December 19, 2022 /

Published by Global Sisters Report, December 13, 2022 Allen Carl Larson, a professor emeritus of music at Webster University in St. Louis, has long been engaged with a project to…

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The Spalding Women and Loretto

By Susanna Pyatt / October 24, 2022 /
Mid-1800's Portrait of a woman in a buttoned-up dress with a lace collar. Her hair is pulled up with a wide ribbon.

Loretto numbers among its early students and Sisters several descendants of Benedict Spalding (1746-1815), one of the leaders of the Maryland-to-Kentucky Catholic migration. Benedict’s wife and children accompanied him in…

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‘We Say Their Names’: Loretto Seeks Forgiveness, Reconciliation for Participating in System of Enslavement

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

God who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #80 Look…

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St. Mary’s and Loretto Heights Sisters Moved to Mt. Olivet Cemetery

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / October 1, 2022 /
“Operation Sacred Rescue”-The Exhumation Process

M. Josefina Ortiz (1861-1896) was the first sister to be buried in the Loretto Heights Convent Cemetery, in Feb. 1896. Rita Therese DuBor (1909-1969) was the last to be buried,…

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Loretto in New Mexico – the journey continues!

By Loretto Community / September 26, 2022 /
Three women sit together on a bench while four women stand behind them, arms about each other.

Travel for the Sisters of Loretto to Santa Fe, N.M., in the late 1800s was a sacred journey. The Sisters were hopeful, tired, joyful and scared. Travel to a new…

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‘Que Loretto sea Loretto por siempre!’ Let Loretto Be Loretto Forever!

By Loretto Community / September 19, 2022 /
Historic postcard showing a white, southwest-style building with low trees and shrubs surrounding in and in the foreground. Printed text on the bottom reads "Las Cruces, N. Mex. Loretto Academy" The date "Sept 11, [19]08" is handwritten.

This week Loretto is in Santa Fe celebrating the donation of the Our Lady of Light painting to the Art Museum, as well as celebrating the reception of new co-member,…

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Loretto Heritage Center Preserves, Spreads Loretto Story Far and Wide

By Loretto Community / August 22, 2022 /
Archival class photo of ten girls in early 20th century dresses. The five girls seated in the front row hold typwriters on their laps.

Located on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., the Loretto Heritage Center houses documents and artifacts from the 200-plus year history of the Sisters of Loretto and…

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Tragedy and Triumph: The Early Days of Lorettines in Missouri

By Loretto Community / August 19, 2022 /
Archival photo of seven nuns in habits standing in front of a train car.

By Katie Daugherty The Heritage Center was thrilled to welcome Katie Daugherty as our 2022 summer intern. Katie came from Sylva, NC, where she is Head of the Circulation Department…

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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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Nerinx Post Office Finds a New Home

By Loretto Community / July 31, 2022 /
Bake House at the Motherhouse, circa 1924.

by Michael Bickett, Motherhouse Service Coordinator The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) actually made the call. Once the Supreme Court decided the government could require COVID-19 vaccinations for…

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Tales from the Ledgers: Bartering in Early Loretto Academies

By Loretto Community / July 28, 2022 /
Photo of 1887 ledger listing cost of tuition and books, and a payment of $41.25 - "By Sheep"

By Katie Daugherty The Heritage Center is thrilled to welcome Katie Daugherty as our 2022 summer intern. Katie comes from Sylva, NC, where she is Head of the Circulation Department…

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