Sister Lydia will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

February 11, 2016

Sister Lydia will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Sister Lydia Peña, S.L., a former Regis University employee and founder of the Spirit of Loretto Committee, will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame on March 16.

Peña is one of 10 women being inducted this year at a gala celebration. For information, click here.

At Regis, Peña was director of special gifts in University Relations and was actively involved in working with Regis to engage the alumni of Loretto Heights and established scholarship endowments for low-income Latinos in particular. While at Regis, she also served as an academic advisor and taught some Art History courses.

Elsewhere in the community she served as chair of Denver’s Commission of Cultural Affairs and was on the board of Rocky Mountain PBS. She was a founding member of the Rose Foundation and served on a committee that assisted in the design of Denver International Airport. More recently, she helped establish a partner school in Ghana for the Sisters of Loretto.

She is a graduate of the former Loretto Heights College, which was founded in 1891 by the Sisters of Loretto. It began as a Catholic elementary and secondary school for girls and later became a college for women. It closed in 1988 and its three academic programs moved to Regis. Its nursing program became the foundation for the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.