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LOREtto: Thomas Merton and Loretto

By Loretto Community / July 27, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Susanna Pyatt 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death. As a monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton was a neighbor of the Sisters at the Loretto Motherhouse. The Heritage Center is currently planning an exhibit for this fall that highlights the friendship, mentorship, and dialogue between Merton and the Sisters of…

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Vestina Moran and the Stagecoach to Santa Fe

By Loretto Community / July 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

Adapted by Katie Santa Ana The following story has been adapted from an unsigned account found in the personnel file of Sister Vestina Moran SL. While we can’t confirm all the facts, it’s certainly a fascinating read! Sister M. Vestina – Mary Moran – was born in St. Louis in 1853, a daughter of Mr.…

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Sisters in Service During World War I

By Loretto Community / June 28, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Laurel Wilson A row of white tents lined the campus of Loretto Heights Academy in Denver during July 1917. For three weeks, the Heights was transformed into the National Service School, a camp started by the Woman’s Section of the Navy League that trained women in service skills needed during wartime and national disasters.…

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Getting to Know Florence Wolff

By Loretto Community / June 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Katie Santa Ana Flipping through the paper finding aids of the Sisters of Loretto archives, one name appears at the top of each page more often than not: Sister Florence Wolff. Her carefully typed pages served as the guide to the individual boxes and file folders that make up the archival collection here at…

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The Sisters of Loretto and the Great Flood of 1937

By Loretto Community / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Laurel Wilson Sister Nerinckx Blincoe SL, Superior of Loretto High School in Louisville, found herself in a predicament on Saturday, January 23, 1937. The Ohio River was flooding at record levels, and Louisville had been hit with 15 inches of rain in 12 days. Between 60-70 percent of the city was submerged, and tens…

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Loretto in Taos

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 10, 2018 / 0 Comments

The late August numbers of the Taos newspapers in 1913 carried the following, in Spanish and in English: GOLDEN JUBILEEThe Sisters of Loretto Spend Half a Century in Taos, New MexicoEarly in 1863, Rev. Father Gabriel Usell, the then parish priest of Taos, New Mexico, recognizing the need of a convent and Sisters to instruct…

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Our First Registered Nurse

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Katie Santa Ana While the Sisters of Loretto are well known for the hundreds of teachers in their history, many Sisters also chose medical professions. While Sisters of Loretto served early on in nursing roles – such as during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 – it was not until 1944 that our very…

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Agnesetta Reid’s Only Solace

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Laurel Wilson For today’s LOREtto blog post, I’d like to highlight the life of Sister Agnesetta Reid SL, whose personal papers I recently processed in the Archives. Though Agnesetta’s life was short and often full of suffering, she was an inspiration to many, and her legacy lives on today. Agnesetta was born Agnes Veronica…

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Loretto History Through Comics

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Laurel Wilson Throughout their 200-year history, Lorettos have seen the importance of sharing their past. Numerous Sister of Loretto have used their writing talents to record the history of their community through books, articles, pamphlets, and more. One unique way that stories about Loretto have been told are in the form of comics. Two…

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Our Second Archivist, M. Matilda Barrett

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Katie Santa Ana In June of 1968, author Paul Horgan wrote to Sister Mary Luke Tobin SL: “I have never forgotten the kindness and generosity of my reception at Loretto; and Sister Matilda’s lovely enthusiasm, her warm eagerness to help a fellow-scholar, and her imaginative search for materials touched me greatly. Even since I…

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“A small spot of land …” (Part 1)

By Loretto Community / February 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Betty Lyn Parker The Heritage Center has a beautifully conserved print of Little Loretto, the original home of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.  My second encounter with this engraving began around 2014 at my previous job, when the image of a hand-colored version was contributed to the Kentucky Online…

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Imelda Wallace and Old Mrs. Sullivan’s Curse

By Loretto Community / February 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Laurel Wilson As I process the personal papers that sisters donated to the archives, I learn about the varied lives and careers that Sisters of Loretto have had. One sister whose story has fascinated me recently is Sister Imelda Wallace SL, the focus of this week’s LOREtto blog post. Imelda was born in 1884…

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