Loretto celebration in Santa Fe 2002 p1

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Longtime feith One of the first religious orders to spring from America, the Sisters of Loretto celebrate!50 years of service n i i • . Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New. 1 Mexican nr^ i icia Manion stands in front of the Lorettc Chapel of Our Lady of Light on Thursday afternoon. The Sisters of Loretto are celebrating their 150th anniversary of their arrival in New Mexico. By INEZ RUSSELL For The New Mexican "Close to a thousand people came that Sunday afternoon to greet these black-garbed sisters, the first to venture venture into-the Territory of New Mexico. Mexico. For the Four Sisters of Loretto from Kentucky, the welcome was overwhelming. They had come only to open a school for girls. How could they have imagined such a 'celebration 'celebration upon their arrival?" From Beyond the Adobe Wall, by Patricia Jean Manion, Sister of Loretto Such a celebration — complete with music, flowering arches, the press of well-wishers and the blessings blessings of priests — coming as it did after, an arduous six-week journey across.the Santa Fe Trail by wagon, must have-warmed the hearts and solidified the purpose of those four Loretto sisters that day in 1852. Invited by Archbishop Jean Baptiste Baptiste Lamy to open a school for girls, the sisters traveled from Kentucky over three months, battling cholera and death as they traveled to their new mission. On that first trip, their mother superior died of cholera and a second second nun was left behind to recuperate recuperate from her illness. Still, the sisters would not turn back. They rode into Santa Fe determined determined to teach the girls of New- Mexico, so recently made a territory of the United States but still so much a part of the Mexican frontier. Those nuns became some of the first teachers in the territory, opening opening schools, educating children and serving the people of New Mexico for decades. This year, the Sisters of Loretto are marking those years of service with a 150th anniversary celebration in the city that welcomed them so joyfully so long ago. Many of the schools they founded are now closed; others remain, staffed by lay-people instead of teaching nuns. Only a handful of Lorettos still live and work in the state they grew to love. But their legacy, in the hearts and minds of the students they taught, lives on. "They made nice ladies out of all us," said Amelia Romero Hollis, Loretto Academy, class of 1956. "They were very strict. But they were just wonderful people." The love affair between Santa Fe and the Sisters of Loretto took hold that first day, when the people greeted the first nuns in the territory territory with an outpouring of love. Please see LORETTO, Page B-3

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  1. The Santa Fe New Mexican,
  2. 15 Sep 2002, Sun,
  3. Page 11

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