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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Penny (formerly Sister John Elizabeth) McMullen SL

Jan. 26, 1942 — May 8, 2017 In Penny McMullen’s personnel records is a small announcement card: “Presenting the real life drama A BUNDLE FROM HEAVEN, featuring the new baby star, Sylvia Penelope … a twentieth century production sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. B.V. McMullen.” Born in Minneapolis and called Penny, she was the first of the five children of Beirne Vincent McMullen of Spokane, Wash., and Sylvia Pauline Brisbin of Chaska, Minn. Constant change was a hallmark of little Penny’s life. Her father’s work took him to Iowa and Illinois as well as Minnesota, so the McMullens moved several … Continue reading


Ritual Honors Closing of St. Louis Center

By Donna Day It is true … Community happened here … mission happened here … hospitality happened here … love happened here. “It is true — the doors of the past, which opened onto their own special blessings, encourage us to open the doors of the present and the future.” Mary Luke Tobin did not know, of course, that her words from Hope Is an Open Door would be used to begin the ritual celebrating the summer 2017 closing of the St. Louis Center. The ritual, celebrated Dec. 8, 2016, led the residents, Executive Committee, Forum, CPC and guests from … Continue reading


Longtime Loretto Friend, Ann Wall Richards, Becomes Co-member

By Anna Koop Ann Wall Richards now can be assured that she can put Loretto Community Member on her tombstone, which she said was one of her long-term goals. Ann has been a Loretto friend for decades, participating in a variety of Loretto activities. She has belonged to a gospel group and theology book group in Denver. Ann has attended many Loretto events such as LWN and LEN and Loretto retreats. She will not be a new face to the Loretto Community. I have had the pleasure of sharing an IATW group with Ann in which she is an elder … Continue reading


Havern School — Fifty Years and Counting

By Marlene Spero The 2016-2017 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Havern School. Located in Littleton, Colo., Havern is a Loretto-founded-and-sponsored school that officially opened its doors in September 1966 to 24 learning- disabled students. On the faculty and staff were several Sisters of Loretto, two of whom had just returned from a special graduate program at Syracuse University in a new and exciting field of educating students with perceptual handicaps, a term later changed to learning disabilities. After completing the master’s program and doing an internship at Pathways in Norristown, Penn., they returned to Littleton … Continue reading


The Best Kept Secret in Town … Or Is It?

By Donna Day For 102 years, since Webster’s founding by the Sisters of Loretto, the university has recognized the importance of global education. Webster President Beth Stroble opened the Annual Scholarship Dinner citing the university’s mission, “Webster is searching for high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.” This year was no different. April 4 was the annual celebration of Webster University scholarship recipients. Conversations at the Sisters of Loretto table reflected the stories of the young women whose education was supported by the Sisters of Loretto Founders Endowed Scholarship. Begun in 1989, and established to … Continue reading


Supporting Women and Girls: Update from the United Nations

By Beth Blissman I wish to express my deep gratitude to all within Loretto who have expressed support of this important mission of our Community. I’m still a bit overwhelmed after attending the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) at the United Nations, but here are a few thoughts and links for future action. Our small Loretto at the UN team hosted the largest delegation of Loretto students, faculty members and guests ever. Huge kudos to Loretto Volunteer Ariana Alavarez and former U.N. Representative Sally Dunne for setting up grounds passes for all 78 visitors, and special thanks … Continue reading


Loretto Hires New Volunteer Coordinator

By Claudia Calzetta When I began writing this article about Mallory Daily, the new Loretto Volunteer Coordinator, it soon became apparent to me that Mallory has a distinct history and connection with Loretto. I remembered Mallory’s first journey to Loretto as a Volunteer, her move away from Loretto, and now her move back to Loretto. T. S. Elliot’s poem “Little Gidding” comes to mind: We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. Born and raised in Iowa, Mallory studied English … Continue reading


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Congratulations, Mary

Congratulations to Mary E. Hunt, longtime friend of Loretto and 1993 Mary Rhodes awardee, who received the Peter J. Gomes Memorial Honors April 29 at Harvard Divinity School’s 200th anniversary.