Spirit of Loretto Committee to honor three during Alumni Weekend

Hannah BreeceJuly 16, 2013

(DENVER) -- Three members of the Loretto Heights College (LHC) community will be honored this year at the annual LHC Mass and Alumni Awards and Luncheon on July 20, during Alumni Weekend.  The Spirit of Loretto Awards are given annually to outstanding alumni and former faculty and staff of LHC in recognition of personal achievement, substantial contribution of service to others and a commitment to the promotion of social justice consistent with the traditions and mission of the Sisters of Loretto.

This year the Spirit of Loretto Committee will be honoring Sr. Patricia Jean Manion, S.L. and Sr. Gabriel Mason, S.L. with the Lumen Christi Award, which is given to outstanding faculty and staff.  Betsy Boyle (LHC ’68) will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to alumni with outstanding career achievements and community service.

Manion served as the ninth president of LHC (1967-72), during which time she restructured the college’s governance and Advisory Board, as well as introduced the University Without Walls program for degree customization.  She has published several books, including Only One Heart, Naming Our Truth, Beyond the Adobe Wall and Venture into the Unknown: Loretto in China 1923-1998, and she recently started A Century of Change 1912-2012: Loretto’s Second Century.  Manion has also been a long-time voice for world peace, traveling to Germany and Holland in 1983 with colleague Anna Koop to address a crowd of over 8,000 on behalf of the Loretto Disarmament/ Economic Conversion Committee.

Mason was a faculty member at LHC from 1960 to 1969, teaching General Psychology and Educational Psychology.  Her counseling work made a difference in many people’s lives, always encouraging and supporting growth.  She dedicated her summer vacations to teaching at-risk girls from poor neighborhoods in Santa Fe, continuing that work in Denver in 1970.  Mason worked with the Poverty Programs of the 1970s, began a new teaching program for the Montview School for Girls, and taught adults preparing to take the GED at the Community College of Denver.  After retirement, she studied astronomy and physics and later became a docent at the Space Odyssey Exhibit.

Boyle held many positions with the Archdiocese of Denver for 34 years, retired in 2003, and then went to work full-time for Catholic Education Consulting Services, LLC (CECS), which is an organization that she helped to found in 1995.  As President and consultant for CECS, she specializes in governance, law, personnel, policy development and board/ council formation for dioceses and Catholic schools across the U.S.  Boyle is also one of the original members of the Catholic Urban Educators, and she is a 30-year member of the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education Division of the National Catholic Education Association.