This hand-carved wooden statue is the work of Sister of Charity Alice Mengel (1903 – 1980). As a teacher and artist S. Alice’s work showed the influence of the Indian and Mexican culture, radiating a singular charm. She taught in schools in Ohio, Colorado and Illinois, serving as the first principal of Loyola School, Denver. 

Artistic Expressions: S. Alice Mengel (1903 – 1980)

S. Alice Mengel (formerly S. Alice Therese) was born in Danville, Illinois, an only child. Her parents were not happy with the schools in her town so she attended Holy Trinity boarding school in Trinidad, Colorado, operated by the Sisters of Charity.  She then went on to graduate from St. Vincent Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and earned a degree in education from the New Mexico Teachers College.  As a teacher and artist S. Alice’s work showed the influence of the Indian and Mexican culture, radiating a singular charm. She taught in schools in Ohio, Colorado and Illinois, serving as the first principal of Loyola School, Denver.  S. Alice was especially gifted in weaving and working with leather; she was always willing to share what she learned. She was a gentle, compassionate and faith-filled woman religious.