Loretto Academy was founded by the Sisters of Loretto in San Elizario, Texas, in 1879, as the first Catholic preparatory school for women in the Southwest. In 1921, against the advice of Bishop Anthony Joseph Schuler, S.J., the first bishop of El Paso, Mother Praxades bought 19 ½ acres of desert land in Austin Terrace. Bishop Schuler told Mother Praxades, “If you succeed in building here, I’ll say you are the special child of our Divine Lord.”
Founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1923 as a celebration of faith in God’s love for us. Today, with your support, Loretto Academy continues to grow in its tradition of excellence and continues educating today’s youth, producing leaders in the community and nation. Loretto now offers over 16 Dual (college) Credit and Advanced Placement courses, Robotics, Theater, Dance, Art, Speech and Debate, and clubs and organizations that help our students build confidence and character. Loretto Academy was built for the love and purpose of teaching, in celebration of the mission of the Sisters of Loretto and continues as such today.
December 03, 2018Foundation Scholar in the Running for $200,000 Questbridge Scholarship
Loretto Academy senior and Foundation Scholar, Danya Navarette, is a finalist for a full, four-year college scholarship worth over $200,000.Read more
October 02, 2018Sisters of Loretto Honored by the Catholic Foundation with 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award
The Sisters of Loretto were honored as the recipients of the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 for their significant work in the Diocese of El Paso and profound impact in the area of education.Read more
September 21, 2018Catholic Foundation Honors Religious Sisters, Raises $90,358 at 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner
The Catholic Foundation honored the Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto with the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award for their extraordinary contributions to the Diocese of El Paso for over a century. The event raised $90,358 in just one night. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
July 24, 2018Beloved Principal Honored with a Legacy Fund
An anonymous donor created the Elizabeth Wiehe Scholarship Fund for St. Raphael School as a way to give back and to keep the legacy of a beloved founder, teacher, and longtime principal alive. The fund will provide scholarships for students who could not otherwise afford to attend St. Raphael.Read more
July 05, 20184th Annual Dei Gratia Award Winners Announced
The Daughters of Charity and Sisters of Loretto will be honored as the recipients of the Catholic Foundation's 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner: Walking with the Saints on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the El Paso Convention Center.Read more
May 22, 2018Increase your Retirement with the Catholic Foundation
You make a donation using cash, marketable securities or other assets, and we, in turn, pay you a fixed amount for life. In addition to the opportunity to increase your retirement income as you help shape our future, gift annuities offer you numerous tax benefits.Read more
February 07, 2018Loretto Alumna Inspires Women in Science & Engineering Festival
Loretto Academy Alumna and teacher, Nicole Cobb, Class of 2002, inspires the 1st Annual WiSE Festival celebrating Women in Science & EngineeringRead more
September 24, 2017The Catholic Foundation raises $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner, Honors Rudy & Elvia Miles with 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award
The Catholic Foundation raised $121,460 in just one night at the 11th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner and celebrated the accomplishments of Rudy & Elvia Miles with the 3rd Annual Dei Gratia Award. Proceeds benefit the Foundation whose only purpose is to serve the Catholic Church in the Diocese of El Paso.Read more
July 18, 2017Bishop Mark J. Seitz Establishes Scholarship Fund for Dreamers
Most Reverend Mark J. Seitz, D.D., Bishop of El Paso, announced the establishment of the Soñador Scholarship Fund, managed by the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso, at a press conference and unveiling of his Pastoral Letter on Migration to the People of God in the Diocese of El Paso at Sacred Heart Church on July 18, 2017.Read more
March 16, 2017100-Year-Old Notre Dame Glee Club Performing at Loretto Academy's Little Theater!
The Notre Dame Glee Club, established in 1915, is coming to El Paso for a special performance at Loretto Academy's Little Theater.Read more
December 06, 2016Benefactor Mike Miles Shares "The Try" with Miles Scholars at our Catholic High Schools
In 2009, Mike and Clara Miles donated $2.7 million to the Catholic Foundation for the Cathedral High School Scholarship Fund, Loretto Academy Scholarship Fund, Father Yermo High School Scholarship Fund, and the Bishop's Scholarship Fund.Read more
September 28, 2016Sr. Helen Santamaria, Sister of Loretto, Receives 2016 Women of Impact Award
El Paso Inc.'s Women of Impact awards recognize women who have made the most significant impact on our community.Read more
September 21, 2016Join us for a Youth Mass with Fr. Leo Patalinghug!
Every year we celebrate our Catholic high school seniors with a mass in their honor. This year, St. Raphael Parish will host the mass to include all of our youth and special guest, Foundation of Faith Dinner keynote speaker, Fr. Leo Patalinghug.Read more
May 09, 2016Catholic Foundation Announces 2016-2017 Bishop’s, Faith, Hunt, & Miles Scholarships
In 2016, the Foundation is awarding $158,498 in financial aid to 71 Foundation Scholars attending El Paso’s Catholic Schools.Read more
September 19, 2019
The purpose of the annual dinner is to bring the whole community together to celebrate our Catholic faith, experience the wisdom and grace of renowned national and international speakers, and disseminate the Stewardship message of, “Pray. Serve. Give.” Keynote speaker to be announced soon!View Details
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