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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‘I had a dream …’ Nancy Wittwer SL’s dream was the impetus behind Marian Middle School’s founding

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /

When Nancy Wittwer SL learned that a new Jesuit middle school for boys from low-income Black families was planned for St. Louis, she was prompted to ask a critical question.…

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Loretto education since 1812: A tradition of excellence

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
An old sepia toned photo of students studying in a library in front tall bookshelves.

By Carolyn Dunbar, Loretto Magazine editor, 2008-2018, originally published in summer 2010 History relates that at Hardin’s Creek in Kentucky in early 1812, 30-year-old Mary Rhodes began teaching her brother’s…

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Loretto Community 2023 Jubilarians

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
Photo of an older woman with metal framed glasses and white hair wearing stud silver earrings giving a soft smile not looking at the camera. She is wearing a blue shirt with a lanyard that has the word "Loretto" repeating.

We honor all our 2023 Loretto Jubilarians, including these individuals celebrating major milestones. To read all the articles in the Fall 2023 issue of Loretto Magazine, click here.

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Mary Luke Tobin SL

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
An older woman with glasses and white hair photographed smiling wearing a pink blazer. She is standing in front of lush pine tree branches.

A woman of wisdom and insight led by the Gospel, her Community and her conscience to work for justice and act for peace. Every type of discrimination, whether social or…

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Exploring the School Photograph Collection, State-by-State

By Reba Weatherford / September 12, 2023 /

After more than a year of work, the digitizing of the school photographs from Loretto schools in the United States is finally complete! Soon I will begin work on the…

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‘Taking the light of the sun’: Loretto women of wisdom

By Loretto Community / September 5, 2023 /
Black and white photo of a crucifix in the foreground lit by light from tall church windows behind it.

Looking for some wisdom? Reading what some of our longtime Loretto members have to say may help put you on a path to your own North Star. This week on…

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5×5 Sister-Sisters

By Susanna Pyatt / August 28, 2023 /
Archived newspaper clipping showing a family posing for a photo around the piano. There are five women in one style of habit, one wearing a different type of habit, two men standing to the left of the photo and one older man sitting on the piano bench.

Browsing through Loretto’s database of Sisters and Co-members, it is fascinating to see how many members had blood relatives who also joined the community. Five family groupings in particular stand…

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The Loretto: the transformed beauty of the historic Loretto Academy of 1903 on West 39th Street

By Loretto Community / August 3, 2023 /

Published by NewsBreak on August 2, 2023 “The historic Loretto Academy building is located at 1111 W. 39th Street in the Westport District neighborhood in Kansas City, Missouri (Jackson County).…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Delores (formerly Sister Mary Laurian) Kincaide SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / July 30, 2023 /

Loretto Sister Delores Kincaide, formerly known as Sister Mary Laurian, died July 30 at the Loretto Living Center at the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. Dori was 93 years old…

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Loretto Heights College Awards

By Loretto Community / July 26, 2023 /
Three older white women in nice colorful clothing pose for a picture with a plaque that has music notes on it.

The Lumen Christi Award was given posthumously to Sister Frances Marie Walsh SL, and Loretto Co-member Ried Clark was honored with the Spirit of Loretto Distinguished Alumnae Award July 15…

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Empowered to do God’s work – Stories of ‘good news’

By Loretto Community / July 17, 2023 /

No one comes to work in a job or even a task that they love to be praised. But there are Loretto members, past and present, whose ministry or service…

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Loretto Magazine stories celebrate Loretto people, places, events!

By Loretto Community / July 10, 2023 /
Loretto Magazine logo in the top left corner; Summary text reads: "Inside... Ann Manganero SL, MD: Her life and poetry Conserving land at the Motherhouse in Kentucky Responding to Earth's cry Helping Haiti ... and more" Photo in the middle is of a woman doctor examining a smiling baby who is being held by a young Latina woman.

The joy of writing in a magazine about people and places and stories of old is an act of love. It is creative and challenging. It is communicative of a…

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