Sisters of Loretto receive Regis University's Highest Honor - Civis Princeps Award

Donnie VeaseyDecember 20, 2012

On Saturday, the Sisters of Loretto received Regis University’s highest honor, the Civis Princeps Award at the University’s fall commencement ceremony.

Sisters of Loretto, a religious order which marks its 200th anniversary this year, were honored for their commitment to education, contribution to Regis University’s health care programs and positive influence upon the Colorado community.  Sr. Cathy Mueller, S.L., president of Sisters of Loretto, accepted the award on behalf of the community.

Education has been the cornerstone of the Sisters of Loretto – their traditions are of excellence, innovation, individualism and community.  As such, the Loretto community challenges, inspires and encourages creativity and independent thinking.

From their inception, the Sisters were individuals concerned about responsible citizenship, social welfare, making a difference and dedication to the common good.  The Sisters staffed parochial and diocesan schools and established their own academies and two colleges.  St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, that thrives today, has the distinction of bestowing the first high school diploma in the Colorado Territory in 1875.

The Sisters established Loretto Heights College nursing programs that joined Regis University 1988.  Today, through the Loretto Heights School of Nursing in the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (RHCHP), that spirit and inspiration lives on.  In May, RHCHP graduated the first class of students in the University’s new Doctor of Nursing Program.  RHCHP has the largest nursing program in Colorado with 2,286 students currently enrolled.