May God bless us all with a full and generous share in Loretta’s pioneering spirit of participation and leadership in ministry at the margins
(Funeral Liturgy: Prayer of Blessing)
(1920 – 2015)
Loretta Therese Mellon, known as Sister James Matilda, was born on November 10, 1919, in Jasonville, Indiana. She was the twelfth of thirteen children born to James and Matilda (McKernan) Mellon.
More about Sister Loretta Mellon (pdf)
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What a wonderful human being. I always wondered why we lost her in 1960 or 61. I was at Holy Cross then and I was in a fist fight and wound up in her office. She was so easy to talk to and she changed my perspective of catholic nuns completely. After reading her bio, I can see what made her so remarkable. The 59 yearbook was dedicated to her by her students. God bless you Sister Loretta. Your legacy shines on among your many Holy Cross students.
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