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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hunger Fund to Allocate $20,000; Deadline Oct. 16


By Brenda Purser The Hunger Fund Allocation Committee met in late July to discuss plans for this year’s distribution of funds. We were saddened by the July 18 death of committee member Cecily Jones. She was convener of the committee for 25 years, and her commitment to feeding hungry people will long be remembered. The committee wishes to announce that $20,000 will be available for distribution this fall to groups that are dedicated to food provision in a variety of settings. An area of focus for this year will be providing assistance to immigrant populations, but all groups are encouraged … Continue reading

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation


By Sofia Almanzan and Sofia Cortez, Loretto Academy students, El Paso The Motherhouse trip was an amazing experience. We realized that the reason we came home so amazed was because of the people that surrounded us on this trip. The teachers, the girls, the campers and most importantly the sisters all had an effect on why we had such an unforgettable experience. The teachers were very kind and genuine people. One of the best parts of our day was reflection time and getting to tell the teachers the highlights of our day. The teachers kept telling us that they were … Continue reading

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‘Janis Gerianne Silva Sedillo: A Journal by Sylvia Sedillo’


Reviewed by Mary Ann Coyle This is the story of a family who opened their hearts to welcome with love and care their youngest member, a child with Down’s Syndrome. It has been written by her sister, Sylvia, who began her turn as a live-in caregiver 15 years ago. Sylvia has made every effort to capture the life of her sister Janis, who now is experiencing the problems of many older persons. She is no longer able to live with a companion in her home and has moved to a nursing home in Albuquerque, N.M., where her own needs now … Continue reading

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Two Stones Look Lichen New


By Debra Kehl These are the stones that crushed the corn & wheat To make the bread the sisters used to eat O silent stones, did you your lips unseal What tales of long ago they might reveal On the Motherhouse property lichen likes to find its home on these old stones. I have attended to them three times over the years, guessing 15. First time I needed help from Kate Misbauer, who was the archivist. She located photos of the stones to see the words once painted black that were very faded. So, as of June 24 the stones … Continue reading

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