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Haiti: Gift to All


By Barbara Wander Instead of starting with yet one more description of a disaster in Haiti and an appeal for help, I would first like to talk about what Haiti has given to the rest of us. The first thing that comes to mind is an example of unflinching faith. I saw this firsthand when, after the earthquake, prayers were chanted so fervently. The Little Sisters have great faith, and, therefore, they have great strength, and this is an example for all the people they serve. It used to annoy me when I first went to Haiti and their sentences … Continue reading

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Loretto in Faisalabad and Lahore


By Maria Daniel Faisalabad was the first love of Loretto in Pakistan. We came back to our own country and found it a challenge. We had to be enculturated. Families we had known had moved on. We were not part of their history. The country had moved for good or bad and we had not witnessed it at all. None of us was from the Faisalabad diocese. The only person known to us was Bishop Joseph Coutts. We had to make new friends with clergy and at the same time to be cautious so that we did not step too … Continue reading

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Karen Cassidy Receives Prestigious Bell Award


By Ceciliana Skees Oct. 21 Karen Cassidy, along with 11 other notable volunteers, was a recipient of the 2016 Bell Award in Louisville, Ky. Karen’s dream was to establish a home to provide care to individuals at the end of life who have no loved ones or home so they can die with dignity. Hildegard House opened its doors this past July in the historic Butchertown neighborhood of Louisville. For two years Karen has solicited many volunteers to convert a building there into a welcoming home. In her acceptance speech, Karen said, “When many people volunteer, no one has to … Continue reading

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Loretto Delegation Joins Convergence at the Border


By LACC & Peace Committee Oct. 7-10 the Loretto delegation of 14 joined with people from all across the Americas to Converge on the Border with the School of the Americas Watch (SOAW). SOAW moved the protest from Fort Benning, Ga., to Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. The shift highlighted for the delegation the causes of Latin American migration, violence and poverty. A candlelight vigil at Eloy Detention Center shed light on U.S. immigration policies that affect migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color. Standing there and at the fence and at a checkpoint on the highway, we experienced … Continue reading

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Loretto Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Untiring Support’ for EarthLinks


By Cathy Mueller “One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.“ — John Muir In 1995, when Bette Ann Jaster OP and I were at a Loretto Earth Network retreat in Santa Cruz, Calif., on eco-feminism, we were inspired to share what we had been learning with others who did not have the same opportunities. What evolved was EarthLinks, a nonprofit in downtown Denver that would link persons who were homeless or economically poor with Earth and with one another. We used Earth as our teacher and developed many ways to address Earth literacy. A day away in the … Continue reading

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Louisville Promotes Health Care For the Medically Uninsured


By Sue Charmley “Is there a doctor in the house?” This often-asked question was finally answered with a resounding “Yes!” Dec. 18, 2010, when the Family Community Clinic in Louisville, Ky., celebrated its open house. What made the clinic a reality were the dedication and work of many people led by George and Mary Lee Fischer, Mary Lee Eady and Ceciliana Skees. They were assisted by more than 75 parish volunteers. This past September, George and Mary Lee Fischer hosted a reception for 200-plus supporters of the Family Community Clinic to celebrate its five years of service to Louisville’s families … Continue reading

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Gun Control Measures Pass


From the Peace Committee A California referendum called for background checks for anybody who wants to purchase bullets — and it passed! This is the first control on ammunition in the nation. Additionally, the referendum requires owners to report lost and stolen guns immediately. It bans the sale of large-capacity magazines (those boxes that feed bullets into guns), and it bars persons who have felony convictions from possessing guns. In Washington State, when people are deemed dangerous, charged, for example, with domestic violence, judges can seize their guns. And Nevada will now extend background checks to gun shows, private sales … Continue reading

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Relationship of Trust: Loretto-Ghana Sister Community Committee


By Lillian Moskeland At the close of this past summer, the Loretto-Ghana Sister Community Committee — Marie Ego, Pauline Albin, Elise André, Betsy Clute and Lillian Moskeland — and the Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity (FST) sisters Emily Owusu-Ansah and Veronica Adomako-Manu were joined at the Motherhouse by Barbara Roche as facilitator for four days of reflection and growth centered around the three-fold model: Who are we? Why do we exist? How do we govern? We all wanted to go deeper in our connection, to work together in this relationship as equals and to draft a mission statement of … Continue reading

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Loretto-Ghana Identity Statement


Preamble My work is loving the world. Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished. – Mary Oliver, “Messenger” Appreciation of differences between cultures can lead to equality so that trust can be present and engender love for whatever we bring to each other. We share mission in each of our locations. We, as FST and Loretto, aware of and holding the tension of our similarities and differences, can bring a creative tenderness to others and thereby serve as a model for ourselves and others through … Continue reading

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2016 Snowmass Retreat Emphasizes Importance of Community


(Editor’s Note: This was the second retreat sponsored by the Outreach Team in an effort to bring together vowed and co-members of the Loretto Community, co-members-in-process and folks who are interested in knowing more about Loretto. The Outreach Team is planning a retreat at the Loretto Motherhouse in the spring of 2017 and another retreat at Snowmass over Labor Day weekend in 2017.) By Julie Popham This past Labor Day weekend, 15 members of the Loretto Community had the privilege of going on a retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colo. Loretto has had a long and fruitful relationship … Continue reading

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