St. Louis

The “Gateway to the West,” St. Louis was an early foundation of the Loretto Community. One of its first missions outside of Kentucky, St. Louis remains a focal point of Loretto life and mission.

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Loretto celebrates collaborative work with St. Louis artist and teacher Rudy Torrini

By Loretto Community / October 9, 2023 /
Rudy Torrini stands over a large stone statue laying on the ground. Heavy straps lay about the statue and a workman stands off to one side.

The Loretto Community celebrates the creative minds and hearts of its members. Our authors, poets, sculptors, artists and craftspeople enhance the life of the Community and the wider world with…

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Schools founded by Sisters of Loretto carry on Loretto’s tradition of excellence

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
A large group of Nerinx Hall High School seniors in their white graduation caps and gowns throwing their caps in the air in celebration.

Nerinx Hall High School, Missouri Loretto Academy, Texas St. Mary’s Academy, Colorado Webster University, Missouri I am grateful for the strong example of Loretto women who created and led thisinstitution…

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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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Educating Girls for Life at Marian Middle School in St. Louis

By Barbara Roche SL / September 22, 2023 /
Marian Middle School students (wearing dark blue uniforms) spend time with graduates (wearing their current high school uniforms).

Coming to Marian as a student, you learn that it’s an investment in yourself. Marian extends their love to you in middle school, high school, college and even beyond. Marian…

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Students find fulfillment and camaraderie volunteering at Loretto Motherhouse in Kentucky

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
Three girls join together and smile for a picture as they take a break from spreading mulch.

Students from Loretto Academy in El Paso, Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis and St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colo., volunteered at the Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., for a…

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Toxic Contamination of Water Sources Poses Long-Term Hazards to American Communities and Environment

By Loretto Community / April 13, 2023 /

Originally posted by The Tablet on April 12, 2023 To understand how Catholics are responding to water pollution in their communities, OSV News spoke with advocates and agencies in Philadelphia,…

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Winter to Spring: Nerinx Hall Loretto Circle Meditation

By Roberta Hudlow SL / April 1, 2023 /
A deep blue sky shows through ice-covered tree branches

We entered a room with a warm fireplace blazing; the ambiance was comforting and there was tea and hot chocolate to also please the body. This was the beginning of…

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Marian Middle School Grateful for the Backpack Drive

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2021 /
Two school girls smiling and displaying new school supplies in their classroom.

By Pearl Sheve, Assistant to the Development Team of Marian Middle School, St. Louis “Girls, please take out your notebook, pen, markers and folder for our next activity.” This request…

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Introducing Tosha Phonix – EVOLVE

By Libby Comeaux CoL / July 1, 2021 /
A woman, Tosha Phonix, with short brown hair smiling brightly for a portrait picture wearing big hoop earrings, a white and dark blue striped jumpsuit and a dark blue cardigan sitting outdoors on a wooden picnic table with trees and greenery in the background.

When the Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSMs) introduced me to Tosha Phonix at the Pallottine Center in St. Louis, I quickly realized that she is a person with the background…

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Loretto Treasures: Webster University and Loretto Heights College

By Loretto Community / May 24, 2021 /
Looking up at a large brick building with "Loretto College" carved across the front, under an ornate rose window.

From the foundation of the Sisters of Loretto in 1812 to this day, education is central to the mission of Loretto. Schools were formed as the initial work of the…

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It’s a Banner Year for Webster University in St. Louis

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

Congratulations to Webster University for its best ranking ever in the 2020 US News and World Report Best Colleges. Out of all Missouri institutions in the Midwest University category, Webster…

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Webster University Honors Jane Peckham Stoever with the Loretto Award

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

The Loretto Award recognizes an alum of Webster University who carries on the community service and social values of the Sisters of Loretto, who founded the university in 1915. Jane…

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