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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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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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Loretto Roots: Loretto’s Involvement with Enslaved Persons and Educating Indigenous Children

By Loretto Community / July 26, 2022 /
Colorful banner featuring these words from Unamuno's quote "to remain silent is to lie." Banner by Robert Strobridge CoL

We cannot go back, we can only go forward,in a cyclical manner.” Kylan Jacobs, Osage Nation Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL assigned Annie Stevens SL and Libby Comeaux CoL a…

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US congregations face their complicity in trauma of Native boarding schools

By Loretto Community / July 21, 2022 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on July 21, 2022 Libby Comeaux CoL was interviewed as part of this story. Libby Comeaux, a Loretto co-member who in 2021 co-wrote a…

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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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Loretto in Bolivia: Planting seeds for compassionate change

By Christina Manweller / July 1, 2022 /
Archival photo of a three story building with gabeled wings at both ends of the building.

“We are in the city of La Paz, Bolivia, in a beautiful valley with an imposing mountain, the Illimani, which is the guardian of the city and at the same…

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