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Remembrance of the Life of Trish Dunn CoL

Nov. 17, 1942 – Sept. 14, 2017 Patricia “Trish” Corkill Brown Dunn died Sept. 14, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born Nov. 17, 1942, to Charles Fairbanks Brown and Mary Elizabeth Corkill Brown in Berkeley, Calif.  She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters, including Kevin who died in 2007. Trish grew up in Baker, Calif., and attended Immaculate Heart High School and Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Marquette University in 1964 and married Joseph Smith Dunn on Dec. 18, 1965.  Trish lived in … Continue reading


Interfaith Funeral of a Squirrel from Maria Daniel SL

Interfaith Funeral of a Squirrel From Maria Daniel SL It was Friday early morning, I was getting ready to go to school. I saw outside my window, some school students saying funeral prayer (Muslims) and Christian students were with them, too. Wondering what is going on, I started searching for the person who died and found out that it was a squirrel that may have died due to last night’s thunder storm and heavy rain. Stealthily, I took some pictures of the funeral. Grave digging it was a little bit difficult for the children so they ask help of the … Continue reading


Remembrance of the Life of Sister Mary Joyce Reasoner SL

July 14, 1931—September 14, 2017 In Sister Mary Joyce Reasoner’s personnel file rests a unique record of her family: five registration forms completed by her father on May 5, 1942, for WWII ration books for each person in the family. Besides Joyce Carolyn, 10 years old that year, there were Elaine Doris, age 12, Nancy Ann, age 2, and Joyce’s parents, Loretta Caroline Ertmer Reasoner and Harlyn Joseph Reasoner. Joyce’s youngest brother, Thomas, wasn’t born until after the war. Joyce was born in Beloit, Wis., and went the first four years of elementary school to Brother Dutton School in Beloit. By 1942 her … Continue reading


Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (Memorial of the Seven Sorrows of Mary)

According to Loretto archivist Sister Eleanor Craig, “Loretto’s devotion from 1812 forward has been to the Mother of Jesus in her sorrow over her son Jesus suffering. Today we might say our concerns focus on all women who sorrow over the sufferings of their children. The images of the Sorrowful Mother and Suffering Jesus have traditionally been displayed in every Loretto convent and school. The universal prayer of Loretto students and Sisters has been ‘O Suffering Jesus, O Sorrowful Mary, We give you glory, thanks, and praise; O bless our works and guide our ways.’”  


Loretto Community Denounces Suspension of DACA; Supports Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers

The Loretto Community is deeply disappointed and angered by the decision of the Trump administration to suspend the DACA Executive Order and break our nation’s promise to 800,000 young Dreamers. Loretto urges congressional passage of the bi-partisan DREAM Act, which would convert DACA – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Executive Order, issued by President Obama and yesterday suspended by the Trump administration – into federal law. The Dreamers are young people brought as children to the United States by their undocumented immigrant parents. They have grown up in the United States, serve in the U.S. military, attend our finest … Continue reading


Anti-fracking Nuns? Not Again!

By Theresa Kubasak Google “anti-fracking nuns” and a marvelous YouTube video will appear featuring 21 women from Loretto singing “Amazing Grace.” It is almost legend how we stopped Williams Co. from building the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through Loretto land but it took a tremendous amount of coalition building with our neighbors and allies. Now Williams is threatening to use eminent domain to seize farmland belonging to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Lancaster, Pa., for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. In late June Maria Visse received an email plea from Tim Spiese of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP). He … Continue reading


Achieving the Art of Balance

By Marty Lally Several years ago I was visiting the Denver Loretto Center and was invited to stay for dinner. I went downstairs to the dining room, and I met Jeanne Cushing in the hall. Jeanne was the receptionist at the Center and as we approached the dining room I saw several walkers and canes. Jeanne said to me, “This is looking more like Lourdes by the day.” Then in a stage whisper she said, “We have balance issues here.” It is a common perception that loss of physical balance is a product of aging. Those who experience that loss … Continue reading


Pauline Albin Receives Acacia Award at the African-American Leadership Awards

By Kathy Wright Pauline Albin received the Acacia Award for her years of service, support and fidelity to the African-American Catholic community in the Louisville Archdiocese. March 11 eight members of Loretto and three family members accompanied Pauline to the 30th Annual African-American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner. It was a grand event at the Galt House, including an amazing array of presenters and award recipients. The Acacia Award program notes stated about Pauline and the other two recipients that “over the years we have benefited greatly from their leadership, service and contributions to education, our local community and nationally through … Continue reading


LHC Honors Elaine Prevallet

By Martha Crawley The Spirit of Loretto Awards are given annually to outstanding alumnae, former faculty and staff of Loretto Heights College (LHC) in recognition of personal achievement, substantial contribution of service to others and a commitment to the promotion of social justice consistent with the traditions and mission of the Sisters of Loretto. Elaine Prevallet was one of the recipients this year. Elaine was not able to be present and requested that I receive the award on her behalf. Elaine sent the following statement to be read by me at the awards gathering in July at LHC: “First let … Continue reading


Remembering Cecily: A Reflection

By Martha Alderson Cecily (Peggy mostly, to me) was so many qualities I admired and such support to me that it would take much too much time and space to elaborate. Nevertheless, I find there are two special qualities I want to remind us of. First, Cecily was ever the political activist, always working for justice. She called it “peace work” (and no one thought she meant quilting, although she admired quilting). It was frustrating for her when she was no longer able to join in marches and visits to officials. She kept up her activism through writing letters, on … Continue reading