A Loras Reflects on Loras

Gaétane Loras is an international student from Lyon, France studying at Loras College. She is also a great niece six-times removed of Bishop Mathias Loras, the founder and namesake of the College.

Since I was a child, I have known that a college in Dubuque, USA, has the same name as my family. I’ve always been curious, it’s still intriguing and unusual! I had never been to America before, so the opportunity to come and study in America and at Loras College was perfect.

My family knows several people from Loras College. In 2004, my parents came to Loras College and met monsignors Vogl and Freidl, President Collins and Valorie Woerdehoff. Moreover, a friend, classmate and tutor of Mathias Loras, Jean-Marie Vianny (the Curé d’Ars), a French priest who became a saint is very well known in France and Dubuque, and is depicted in a stained glass window above the tomb of Mathias Loras in the Mortuary Chapel of the Cathedral of St. Raphael in Dubuque which my parents also visited.

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