Sister of Loretto Aline Dalton

Sister of Loretto Aline Dalton, 92, died Feb. 11 at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky., where she lived.

Born April 26, 1918, in Kansas City, Mo., Mary Catherine Dalton attended Sacred Heart Elementary School, where she first met the Sisters of Loretto, and Redemptorist High School.

She had several jobs after graduation until she entered Loretto community in Nerinx, in June, 1939, and was given the name Sister Aline.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Loretto Heights College-Denver,

in 1951, and a Masters from St. Louis University in 1959. Sister Aline began her teaching career in Kentucky and taught at Loretto-sponsored schools in Missouri, New Mexico and Colorado, before returning to Kansas City in 1970. She joined the staff at Loretto High School, and served as treasurer for the sisters’ community until 1979.

In the spring of 1978 she took a three-month sabbatical and went to Rome, Italy. While there, she worked part-time in the Library of the Seminary Department of North American College. In 1979 she was invited to return to Rome for full-time employment. For two years she worked in the Library and then transferred to the college’s business office. She decided to return home in 1984 as she was the only Sister of Loretto in Rome.

Sister Aline worked in Denver after her return, at Holy Family School and at the Loretto Development office.

During her time at Holy Family School, Sister Aline established a Holy Family Golf Tournament. It was so well received that in 1996, she established the annual Sisters of Loretto Golf Tournament to benefit the Sisters’ Retirement Fund. The golf tournament is be renamed the Aline Dalton Memorial Golf Tournament beginning with this year’s tournament in August.

Sister Aline retired to the Loretto Center in Littleton, Col., in 2000 and managed the health Insurance for the Loretto Center Community. Then in 2004 she moved to the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, and lived there until her death.


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October 23, 2020
The Diocese of Kansas City ~ St. Joseph