|Sister Loretta Schafer, S.P.|
|Born||April 17, 1917|
|Died||February 19, 1998
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
|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.
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."
- Bodenhamer, David J.; Robert Graham Barrows (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. p. 1437. ISBN 0-253-31222-1.
- 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.
- Hendryx, William M. "A School That Wouldn't Die" (PDF). Readers Digest. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
|Catholic Church titles|
Mother Mary Pius Regnier, S.P.
|General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
1976 - 1981
Sister Anne Doherty, S.P.