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Which Way to the Novitiate?

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 16, 2018 /

On the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse, in an area of central Kentucky which is today still quite rural, two imposing brick buildings stand as witnesses to more than 175 years…

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The Eventful Lives of the Brown Sisters

By Loretto Community / October 25, 2018 /

By Leslee Moore Even after 12 years of working in the Loretto Archives and Heritage Center, assistant and docent Marcia Mohin still can be surprised.  As she processes files of…

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Ghost Stories

By Loretto Community / October 12, 2018 /

By Katie Santa Ana With October upon us and Halloween just around the corner, the season for ghost stories is here! Sister Joan Campbell SL (1929-2007) was always on the…

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LOREtto: Eulalia Flaget and the Bishop’s Crucifix

By Loretto Community / September 27, 2018 /

By Katie Santa Ana In the museum collection of the Loretto Heritage Center, we have a small, unassuming crucifix with an interesting egg shaped wooden case. In now fading white…

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LOREtto Teaching: FIDES, MORES, CULTURA

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 13, 2018 /

Loretto Academy at Loretto Motherhouse, opened in 1834 in today’s “Rhodes Hall,” steadily pursued its mission of education, through times of financial boom and bust, through the fire of 1858…

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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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