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Loretto Assembly 2015: ‘Making the Future Possible’


  By Lillian Moskeland Loretto will gather in St. Louis for the 2015 Delegate Assembly and begin “Making the Future Possible” on Sunday, July 12. Registration for those attending the Assembly will begin at 1 p.m., and we will complete check-in to the hotel at 4:30 p.m. Our Assembly theme moves us into the future with energy. Let’s mark our calendars and look for our information packets coming in the mail. As we prepare for these important days, we all pray that the Holy Spirit will guide us. The Assembly Planning Committee (Judith Baenen, Donna Day, Liz Deines, Mary Ann … Continue reading

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Selma: A Debt


By Judith Baenen I hear Pete Seeger on stereo somewhere and I’m in Selma again in love, and no one can see the billy clubs and anguished faces in my middle- class classroom but me. What good Samaritans we were, certain priests and Levites this time stopped, poured in wine and oil with empathy, and they paid us with their need. We walked the long way, promising to pay what more they’d need in Kansas City or wherever, but now Van Cliburn plays some symphony and the billy clubs and masks are only teenagers in from lunch. The bill runs … Continue reading

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Webster University to Honor Barbara Ann Barbato


For her lifelong work as an educator, Barbara Ann Barbato, Ph.D., will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Pedagogy at Webster’s 2015 commencement ceremonies. She joined Webster’s History Department as a faculty member in 1963, earning her doctorate in Modern European History and Asian Studies from St. Louis University in 1964. A pioneer in education for designing non-traditional learning experiences for students, Barbara Ann became the director of Webster’s Center for Individualized Studies, received the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992 and was awarded Professor Emerita upon her 2003 retirement. The beloved Webster professor also was … Continue reading

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Knobs Haven Women Writers Retreatant Interviews Mary Swain


By Mary Anne Reese In January, Mary Swain appeared on “Keep Hearing Voices,” a radio show in the Louisville area. Louisville native Erin Fitzgerald, who comes to Knobs Haven with the Women Writers retreats, interviewed Mary about all things Loretto. The link to the interview is: https://m.soundcloud.com/chradio/keep-hearing-voices-special-feature-012415-sr-mary-swain For a sparkling half hour, Mary recounted the history of the Motherhouse and the Loretto Community. The years rolled easily off her tongue. She also described in plain language Mary Luke Tobin’s historic involvement in Vatican II and its impact on renewal in the Community. Mary then spoke of Mary Luke’s friendship with … Continue reading

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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY ‘Uncle Louie’


By Gerry Prus Jan. 31, fans of writer, priest and prophet Thomas Merton celebrated his 100th birthday. Merton was born in the French countryside in the midst of World War I. After years and a lonely journey, he came to Kentucky where he entered the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani near New Haven, Ky., a short distance from the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx. Thomas Merton, known as “Uncle Louie” by the monastery novices, struck up a friendship with Mary Luke Tobin, known affectionately as Luke. Both were intellectual giants in their communities with a passionate love for creative ways … Continue reading

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Legal Adviser Assists Asylum Seekers in Turkey


By Molly Kammien When I first arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, in August 2014, I could not believe the landscape of the city. Its sprawling hills were covered in exquisite mosques, exotic smells and with people from around the world. While many came as tourists, a large percentage sought refuge in Turkey from their conflict-ridden countries. The evidence of these asylum seekers was often obvious, with barefoot women and children begging on almost every street corner. I know many members of the Loretto Community work with refugees and immigrants. The stories we hear about their resilience and hope for the future … Continue reading

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Loretto Co-membership Opens My Eyes to Opportunities


By Mary Ann Lovett When I made my commitment to Loretto in October 2014, I promised I would “collaborate with all those who seek to break down barriers between people and to build up human communion.” Little did I realize then how quickly that opportunity would be on my doorstep. Early this past November, I attended an Interfaith Welcome Coalition meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The coalition works to assist women and children who came to the United States seeking asylum and refuge now being detained in Karnes, Texas. At the meeting, the coalition hosted office staff from a U.S. … Continue reading

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Check Out This SMA Blog


Regina Drey, historian/director of Loretto projects for St. Mary’s Academy in Denver, writes a weekly blog about SMA history as part of the school’s 150th anniversary. Check it out at http://www.smanet.org/index.php?/historian-blog/ .

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Kim Klein Receives Award


Kim Klein was among four individuals to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award from Pacific School of Religion (PSR), a multi-denominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, Calif. The award, presented by the PSR Alumni Council, recognizes PSR graduates who have provided outstanding service and leadership in their ministry. Kim attended PSR from 1976-1978 and then worked in its development department in 1979. Kim, a council member said, “is one of the most sought-after fund raisers in the non-profit world.”

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Marion County (Ky.) Fiscal Court Passes Resolution Opposing Pipeline


Dec. 18, 2014, the Marion County (Ky.) Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In addition to other environmental concerns, the pipeline through Marion County passes through the watershed area for the county water supply. In announcing this action, Susan Classen noted, “I feel as if I’m experiencing democracy the way it’s supposed to be with elected officials who are aware and responsive to issues impacting our county.“ It was suggested that the full resolution, which may be found at http://www.lorettocommunity.org/loretto-celebrates-williams-co-s-decision-to-suspend-investment-in-bluegrass-pipeline-project/, can be used to encourage other counties to also take similar actions Said Susan, “I … Continue reading

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