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All Loretto members are leaders. Every six years, six Loretto women religious and six Co-members are elected to serve the Community. Their generosity throughout the years has enhanced the life of Loretto and its mission. Learn more about our Loretto Leadership.

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Loretto Stands With LCWR in Its Objection to U.S. Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

By Loretto Community / November 7, 2019 /
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LCWR Troubled by U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement November 7, 2019 The Leadership Conference of Women (LCWR) was deeply disappointed by President Trump’s 2017 pledge to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and we are profoundly troubled by the decision to formally request US withdrawal from this critically important international…

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More than 660 LCWR Members, including Loretto, Call on President Trump to Stop All Divisive and Polarizing Rhetoric

By Loretto Community / August 15, 2019 /

In Scotsdale, Ariz., Aug. 14, the 663 Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) members, including Loretto President Barbara Nicholas, affirmed and issued a letter to President Trump beseeching him to end all divisive rhetoric. Also at the conference and affirming the letter were Loretto executive committee members Cathy Mueller, Sharon Kassing, Vicki Schwartz and Mary Catherine Rabbitt. The full…

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Profiles of Community Leadership

By Loretto Community / March 6, 2019 /

Meet the new team for 2019-2021! Below are brief biographies of our president, vice president, Executive Committee and Community Forum members. Barbara Nicholas SL, President Educated at Webster College in St. Louis, Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., and Adelphi University in Garden City N.Y., I taught science at Visitation-Holy Ghost Schools in St. Louis for…

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‘Have Only One Heart, One Soul, One Mind’

By Donna Day SL / February 1, 2019 /

‘Have only one heart, one soul, one mind.’ Words of Father Charles Nerinckx Dec. 8, 2018, was a special feast day at the Loretto Motherhouse and for Loretto members everywhere. A blessing ritual celebrated the outgoing President Pearl McGivney and the newly elected President Barbara Nicholas, with the respective Executive Committees and Forum members. The…

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Paulette Peterson CoL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I grew up in a small town outside Chicago: Lemont, Ill. My mother was Roman Catholic and my father was Protestant. My sister, Elaine, is 10 years younger. I attended Catholic grade school and high school and was introduced to the Sisters of Loretto when I attended Webster College in St. Louis. My experience at…

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Mary Helen Sandoval CoL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I was born in Brainerd, Minn., the youngest of six children. In 1961, I went to Loretto Heights College. After graduating with a degree in math, with minors in education and physics, I entered the Loretto novitiate in Denver. At that time I was a very conservative Republican and was concerned that the readings at…

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Sonja Earthman Novo CoL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I look back on my life and know that You were with me all the way. When the time came for my birth, daddy did not have money to pay the hospital bill. Sonja Henie came to town with the Ice Capades, and daddy, a violinist, played in the orchestra for her performance. Sonja got…

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Susan Kenney CoL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I am blessed to have grown up in a small Wisconsin town surrounded by a loving family and neighbors. I attended Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and upon graduating began two years as an extension volunteer in Pueblo, Colo. It was at this time that I met the Sisters of Loretto, who established a mission…

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Jane German CoL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I grew up in a small town in rural Illinois, one of two children of older parents and grandparents. My father’s family were Catholics. All his family siblings married non-Catholics. I attended public schools and universities. In high school I spent a year in Beaver Dam, Ky. There I learned a lot about my faith…

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Vicki Schwartz SL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

St. Louis is my hometown, and I frequently return there to spend time with my nieces and their families. After attending elementary school at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and high school at Nerinx Hall, I left home, at age 18, to join the Sisters of Loretto. I often tell my friends that was the…

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Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

I was born in St. Louis in 1946, the third of four children born to Dan and Charlotte Rabbitt – and the only girl. I attended Immaculate Conception Grade School (“Lafayette”) from kindergarten to eighth grade where I was taught by the Sisters of Loretto. When it came time for me to choose a high…

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Cathy Mueller SL

By Loretto Community / January 1, 2019 /

My life has been filled with amazing experiences that have led me to be who I am now. I have taught high school, done pastoral work in multicultural parishes, led retreats, facilitated workshops and meetings, directed volunteers in a hospice, co-founded and co-directed EarthLinks, a non-profit in Denver serving persons who are homeless or economically…

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