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Each member of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross is “co-responsible for creating a community which is beneficial for all; for maturing in adult faith and effective ministry,..; and for making use of opportunities which add new depth to our formation in Christ.” Learn more about the Sisters of Loretto.

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Loretto’s 2021 Jubilarians — the Blessings of Jubilee!

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2021 /
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God takes our days and makes them holy. This week the Loretto Community celebrates those members we call Jubilarians! They have served the people of God through the Community for 75, 70, 60, 50 and 25 years — Sisters and Co-members. Please join with us this week as we call forth in blessing these 22 wonderful…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Denis Bruck SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2021 /

Hedwig Isabelle Catherine Bruck arrived as Frank and Mary Bruck’s first child exactly nine months after their marriage, “an embarrassment” her parents joked. She was born in Quincy, Ill., although both sides of her family were settled in St. Louis. Mary Denis, as she would be known for 78 years in Loretto, gave an extensive…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Theresa Louise Wiseman SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 27, 2021 /

Mary Theresa Wiseman was the oldest child of Charles Bernard and Christine Margaret McMillen Wiseman, two Catholics from the area around Elizabethtown in Hardin County, Ky.  Their family grew to include five girls and two boys.  Bernard was a farmer and the family moved from time to time.  Theresa was born in Hodgenville in Larue…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Elizabeth ‘Betty’ (formerly Sister Marian Francis) McWilliams SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 9, 2021 /

Elizabeth Jane McWilliams was born in Rockford, Ill., the only child of Frances Marguerite “Betty” McWilliams and Francis Lloyd “Mac” McWilliams.  These two Midwesterners amply gifted their daughter with Midwestern frankness and Catholic faith.  In a lengthy interview during Loretto’s 2012 Jubilee, Betty began with her growing up and how she got to Loretto: “My…

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Called by God: Vowed Women Religious

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2021 /
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For hundreds of years women religious have followed the light of Christ, the light of those in need, the light of immigrants at the borders, the light of people suffering from injustice. Sisters have served, and they have learned from those they served. More than 400 orders of women religious communities exist in the United States.…

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Go into the world: Sisters find common ground with people of other religions

By Loretto Community / January 25, 2021 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on January 25, 2021 Sr. Nasreen Daniel was a panelist for the Global Sisters Report in their The Life feature series. Sr. Maria Daniel appears in one of the photos in the story. “When Jesus told us to be salt of the Earth and light of the world (Matthew…

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Let It Snow!

By Loretto Community / January 25, 2021 /

“Let It Snow!” Lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne wrote the popular song on a hot summer day in July 1945 in Hollywood, Calif., dreaming of much cooler weather. Winter’s chill often brings snow, a four-letter word to those who can’t stand the white stuff, but not to those who love it. As winter…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Frances (formerly Sister Mary Roland)Weber SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 16, 2020 /

Sister Frances Weber was born Cornelia Frances Weber in Freeport, Texas, one of four children of Roland Emile Weber and Elizabeth Mary Kleinpeter, both Louisianans by birth. To her parents and her siblings, Helen, Joe and James, she was Connie. She first came to know the Sisters of Loretto when her mother enrolled her in school…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Ann (formerly Sister Mary Fidelia) Gohl SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 28, 2020 /

Lois Ann Gohl was born the fifth child of William August Julius Gohl, of St. Paul, Minn., and Rose Caroline Woerner Gohl of St. Louis. Their large family home was in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves, where Ann attended the public grade and high schools. With these bare-bones facts, we pick up Ann’s own account…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Kay (formerly Sister Timothy Marie) Lane SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 14, 2020 /

(Author’s Note on Kay Lane SL: Kay left us nothing written about herself. But she was a great storyteller.  What follows here are the facts from Kay’s personnel record, embellished with the memories of her novitiate classmates, friends with whom she lived and worked, and especially her close friend, Kathleen Tighe SL.) If Kay Lane were…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Marietta Goy SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 5, 2020 /

Author’s Note: This remembrance of Sister Marietta Goy draws heavily on the report of an interview of Marietta done in 2008 by Kathleen O’Malley.  Additional material is from Marietta’s personnel file. When Marietta Goy came into the world she was baptized Geraldine.  She grew up in the farming community of Sublette, Ill., as the oldest…

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¡Si, se puede! Pearl McGivney SL (Loretto President 2012-2019) left a legacy of commitment and compassion in Florida

By Christina Manweller / October 29, 2020 /

In the early 1970s Pearl McGivney traveled to California to work withnonviolent organizer, activist and labor leader César Chávez. Pearl opened a legal aid office in Salinas. She fought for justice alongside farmworkers, helping to organize boycotts and strikes. After several years, César asked Pearl to take up organizing work in Florida. Once on the…

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