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Teaching: From the Three Rs to the Higher Branches

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 16, 2018 /

Two buildings on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse are in the midst of significant anniversaries. The buildings that today we call “Rhodes Hall” and the “Novitiate/Academy Building” together mark 175…

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LOREtto: Thomas Merton and Loretto

By Loretto Community / July 27, 2018 /

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…

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Vestina Moran and the Stagecoach to Santa Fe

By Loretto Community / July 12, 2018 /

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…

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Sisters in Service During World War I

By Loretto Community / June 28, 2018 /

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…

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Getting to Know Florence Wolff

By Loretto Community / June 14, 2018 /

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…

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The Sisters of Loretto and the Great Flood of 1937

By Loretto Community / May 24, 2018 /

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…

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Loretto in Taos

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 10, 2018 /

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…

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Our First Registered Nurse

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2018 /

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…

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Agnesetta Reid’s Only Solace

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2018 /

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…

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Loretto History Through Comics

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2018 /

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…

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Our Second Archivist, M. Matilda Barrett

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2018 /

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…

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“A small spot of land …” (Part 1)

By Loretto Community / February 22, 2018 /

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…

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