Loretta Schafer

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Sister Loretta Schafer, S.P.
Sister Loretta Schafer
Born (1917-04-17)April 17, 1917
Died February 19, 1998(1998-02-19) (aged 80)[1]
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
Nationality  United States
Title General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Predecessor Mother Mary Pius Regnier, S.P.
Successor Sister Anne Doherty, S.P.

Sister Loretta Schafer, S.P., (April 17, 1917 – February 19, 1998) was the Superior General of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, from 1976-1981. In 1977, she worked with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop and construct the Maryvale Retirement Complex at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.[2]

Schafer served as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the first woman to serve in this position.

In 1978, she sold Chicago's Providence-St. Mel school, which had been property of the Sisters of Providence, to principal Paul Adams after the Archdiocese of Chicago withdrew financial support. The story of the community's rallying spirit to keep the school open gained national attention and press, including a Readers Digest article "A School That Wouldn't Die."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sr Loretta M Schafer". Find a Grave. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Maryvale board approves step toward building". Terre Haute Saturday Spectator. 9 December 1978. Retrieved 6 November 2014 – via Find My Past. (Subscription required (help)). 
  • Logan, Eugenia (1978). History of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Volume II. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Sisters of Providence. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mother Mary Pius Regnier, S.P.
General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
1976 - 1981
Succeeded by
Sister Anne Doherty, S.P.