Interchange Online

Welcome to Interchange Online, an extension of the Loretto Community's internal monthly newsletter. Here you will find news about Loretto Community life, written and edited by Loretto Community members. Current editors are Martha Alderson CoL, Donna Day SL, Mary Ann McGivern SL and Lillian Moskeland CoL.

Planning Committee Encourages All to Register for Assembly


By the Assembly Planning Committee The Assembly Planning Committee met face-to-face for a full day of significant work. The six members (Kay Carlew, Joy Gerity, Mary Gutzwiller, Pearl McGivney, Mary Ann McGivern and Lillian Moskeland) opened the meeting with an effective exercise of reflection, personal images and open discussion fully encompassing “Trust That Empowers Us.” We plan to gather the Loretto Community for a similar time of sharing and reflection that will strengthen our friendships and our commitments. The work of logistics followed. The committee settled matters for registration, local planning, discussion of facilitating obligations, considering piano rental and more. … Continue reading

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Loretto Motherhouse Hosts Succession Planning Discussion


By Kathy Wright Eleven sisters who serve in administrative positions in LLBI, at the Motherhouse or in a sponsored ministry along with some of the younger vowed members gathered at the Motherhouse on Jan. 28 and 29 to be part of a discussion entitled “Succession Planning.” The process and discussion were led by Jean East and centered on the opportunities present in a framework of significant change and ambiguity. Many participants realize that there is a strong possibility that they will be the last Sisters of Loretto in the position where they now serve. Each one wants to do whatever … Continue reading

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Tobin House: Keeping an Open Door


By Claudia Calzetta Everything happened so fast at the annual mid-year retreat for the St. Louis Volunteers. We were enjoying a beautiful sunny day at Rockhaven retreat center. It was a relaxing weekend, each of us taking a breath and enjoying the wonderful opportunity to focus on self-care. Nothing heavy, just some good, life-giving time together. An important conversation emerged as the day progressed, and we discussed the bittersweet moments that we all were feeling. Leaving the Lockwood House and moving to a new home in Maplewood, Mo., had its challenge not only for the Volunteer Program but also for … Continue reading

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Fine Art Shows Feature Talent of Jeanne Dueber


By Mary Swain Jeanne Dueber won the Second Place Merit Award Feb. 25 in the Owensboro, Ky., Art Guild’s 55th Juried Exhibition. Forty-nine artists, each with one or two pieces, entered the exhibition. Entries were in multimedia, painting and sculpture. Jeanne’s piece is named “Birth” and is in cast aluminum. It is reminiscent of the work of Giacometti, a Swiss 20th-century sculptor known for very thin sculptures. Pauline Albin and I were with Jeanne at the award ceremony. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has two pieces by Jeanne in its permanent collection. One, familiar to many who come to … Continue reading

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Beth Blissman Offers Her First Update from Loretto at the UN


By Beth Blissman Since the early 1990s, Loretto has had a presence at the United Nations. In official language, we are a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status at the United Nations. Building on the work of Pat Kenoyer, Nancy Finneran, Betty Obal, Mary Peter Bruce and Sally Dunne, I’m deeply honored to bring Loretto values (as well as voices of youth and marginalized communities) into the global decision-making process at the United Nations. We work in collaboration with other NGOs and members of civil society and with U.N. member states and agencies to advocate for the rights of girls … Continue reading

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Loretto Women’s Network: Affirming Rights of Women


By Mary Nelson “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” — President Barack Obama A year ago, the coordinators of LWN (Loretto Women’s Network) believed many of the goals set forth in our Identity Statement had been met. After all, the first bill signed by President Barack Obama was the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which simply stated that, if a male and a female were performing the same work, it followed that the wage should be the … Continue reading

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Drawing Inspiration, Faith and Courage from Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church


By Eileen Harrington For the past month, my partner, our dog and I have been in Tucson, Ariz. The original plan was to spend a month here as a sunny, warm alternative to winter in Wisconsin. Everything changed, though, with this past November’s election and resulting changes to U.S. immigration and enforcement policies. In Tucson and other border cities and towns, communities are living in fear, lives have been disrupted, families separated and the spirit of resistance is strong. Before coming to Tucson, I knew of Southside Presbyterian Church, the birthplace of the modern U.S. Sanctuary Movement. During the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Religious Life in the 21st Century – The Prospect of Refounding


By Elaine Prevallet Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding by Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Religious Life in the 21st Century is a small book, but tightly packed. Diarmuid O’Murchu takes the reader through the “drastic changes — the dying, grieving, chaos and dislocation” of refounding religious communities. He suggests that we humans are living now in a new paradigm: an evolutionary breakthrough, giving us a “radical new option to serve God in the heart of creation.” He exposes the patriarchal perspective under which women’s religious communities have developed their spiritualities, and the … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae and Staff Help Create Keepsake Books


By Regina Drey Remembrances of good times and struggles along with smiles and laughter helped create instant bonds when alumnae and staff from St. Mary’s Academy, Englewood, Colo., and elders who frequently visit Denver’s Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC) sat down together to capture memories in a keepsake book. The idea for the memory book was Jan Belle’s who, as director of SWIC, realized that frequent moves, downsizing or a lack of time kept some of the elders from having any record of their lives to hand on to the next generation. Jan shared her idea with Cathy Darnell and they … Continue reading

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Introducing David Edwards, Troubadour to Tots


By Cecily Jones One might bestow the honorific “troubadour to tots” on co-member David Edwards because he can be found, guitar slung over his shoulder, playing and singing folk songs and his own songs for the children at the Loretto Child Care Center and the Head Start Program in the little town of Loretto, Ky. Not long after he and his wife, Kaye, also a co-member, moved here in February 2016 (they live just up the road from the Motherhouse), David began visiting the center. And since last September he regularly has been engaging with the kids in the classrooms … Continue reading

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