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The Sisters of Loretto marked their 200th anniversary earlier this year, and on Aug. 26, the Rev. Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, will continue that celebration with a Mass and dinner at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon.
The recognition will include the Sisters of Loretto, anyone who served with them and those students who attended schools staffed by the sisters.
The Mass is scheduled for 4 p.m. Aug. 26 at St. Augustine Church with a catered meal to follow in the parish center.
A limited number of tickets are available for the dinner. For more information about tickets for the meal, call (270) 865-5811 or email Sister Agnes Ann Schum, SL, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sisters of Loretto taught in Marion County schools from 1837 to 1970. These included St. Augustine and St. Monica Schools in Lebanon, Holy Mary's in Calvary, public schools in Loretto and Manton and schools elsewhere in central Kentucky. Approximately 30 sisters who live in Kentucky are former teachers in these schools or are presently ministering in the county.
The Sisters of Loretto are one of the first communities of religious women founded in the United States. They started their service in 1812 in Marion County. A historical marker at St. Charles recognizes the first location of the Sisters of Loretto.
The first Sisters responded to the need for education, and the Loretto Community continues to respond to the needs of today's world according to the Gospel call to work for justice and act for peace.