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The History & Tradition of Loretto Catholic School
Loretto Catholic School is one of the 25 Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Tucson, AZ. Located in Douglas, AZ, Loretto was constructed through a donation from Mrs. Elenita Brophy in memory of her late husband and her daughter. Her gift included both the land and the funds for the school’s construction. The school officially opened in 1924, administered by the Sisters of Loretto. The original name of the school was Loretto Catholic Central School.
In 1948, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Adrian took over the administration of the school. From 1981 to 1987, the school was managed by a lay principal. In 1987, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles were honored to take over administration and teaching at the school. Throughout its history, Loretto has at different times served as a grammar school, high school, and a boarding school.
The Carmelite Sisters
Both St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross were inspired by the Carmelite tradition. Carmel means “enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells.” Teresa’s doctrine is rooted in God’s dwelling within the soul. Therefore, our vocation is to both reflect and to take action in serving the Church and our world, encouraging others to engage in a deeper spiritual life through education, health care, and spiritual retreats.
God calls us to be a light in the world, spreading the joy and compassion of His love through prayer and service. Our divine mission takes place in the heart and in the world as we commit ourselves to contemplation and to helping our community. As our foundress, Mother Luisita, described our mission, “the soul of each Carmelite raises herself to Christ, Who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”
Contemplative Tradition of Carmel Blended with Works of the Apostolate
Union with God, of itself, is the most fruitful of all apostolates according to St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. Whatever work is entrusted to us flows from, and is part of, our union with God.
The specific charism of Mother Luisita, which led to the foundation of our Institute, blends contemplation and apostolic works in loving service of the Church.
As we live and develop the charism left to us by Mother Luisita, a variety of apostolates has emerged in our Institute.
“Even as a cypress tree raises its branches to heaven and casts its shadow upon the earth, so the soul of each Carmelite raises itself to Christ, Who is her heaven, while her shadow falls in charity upon earth doing good to all people.”
A Prayer from St. Augustine
In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely lovely things which you created. You were with
me, but I was not with you. Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.
You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, you shone and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me. I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more. You touched me, and I burned in your presence.”