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Sister Loretta Picucci

Formerly Sister Loretta Joseph

Sister Loretta was born on June 23, 1941 and died on November 9, 2023.


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Sister Loretta was a native of Chicago. She devoted her time to tending to the marginalized members of society. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Loretta, formerly Sister Loretta Joseph, taught English as a Second Language to Spanish speaking adult students.

She enjoyed scriptural rumination, folk music and foreign languages.

Sister Loretta earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Loyola University.

Sister Loretta Picucci (Formerly Sister Loretta Joseph)

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In Indiana – Teacher, Juniorate and Village School, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village (1967-68); Teacher, Holy Cross, Indianapolis (1977-81); Cook, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1991-92); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2020-23).

In Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Dunblane (1968-70).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Mel, Chicago (1972-77); Assistant Director, St. Columbkille Day Nursery, Chicago (1981-83); Family Care Aide, Family Care Services, Chicago (1994-99).

In California: Teacher, South Central Los Angeles Ministry Project (1999-2003); Teacher, Providence in the Desert, Indio (2003-04); Hispanic Ministry, Providence in the Desert, Coachella (2004-18).

In Mississippi: Outreach Service Minister, Sacred Heart Mission, Tunica (1983-91).


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