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Years Melt Away at Jubilee Reunion of Reception Class of 1965


By Barbara Roche The Loretto Reception Class of 1965 gathered at the Motherhouse May 26-28 to celebrate our golden jubilee. Originally, there were 55 of us; we were able to locate 40 members of the class and 25 came to this very special reunion. We shared an important and meaningful time together as young women — one year, two years or more — and some of us hadn’t seen each other for 49 or 50 years. What would it be like when we saw one another again? We were all excited … and, perhaps, more than a little nervous. Amazingly, … Continue reading

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Roots, Remembrance and the Ties that Bind


By Mary Nelle Gage After years of dreaming and months of preparation and anticipation, a group of then-orphans, now adoptees, traveled together to Vietnam this spring to mark the 40th anniversary of the final airlifting of Vietnamese orphans from Saigon. Susan Carol McDonald and I have led the Vietnam Motherland Tours since 1996. The journey has several purposes, primarily to explore the documented roots of each adoptee, visiting the places important in their personal history. On April 4 we traveled to the site of the crash of the C5A in which we lost 76 children and six volunteer staff. We … Continue reading

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Remembering Marilyn Morheuser


By Helen Werneth Walsh (Editor’s note: Last February a guest on the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio stated that New Jersey children perform better on standardized tests than New York children because of a lawsuit 20 years ago. http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-02-18/rethinking_standardized_testing This editor knew the lawsuit must have been the work of Loretto’s Marilyn Morheuser and approached two New Jerseyans to shine a spotlight on the lasting impact Marilyn had on education in the state. This year we mark the 20th anniversary of Marilyn Morheuser’s death.) eading through old newspapers, it is not surprising to find some strong language used … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Attorney/Advocate Marilyn Morheuser and her Influence on Public Education in New Jersey


By Kathryn Brock In the fall of 1979, I became a staff attorney at the Education Law Center in Newark, N.J. Marilyn Morheuser had just become director of the center, a public interest law firm launched with a grant from the Ford Foundation to tackle issues of educational equity in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The center’s mandate included a variety of issues related to the educational rights of children in public schools, including enforcing the rights of disabled students under new federal and state laws enacted to ensure their full participation in public education. However, the primary focus of the … Continue reading

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Loretto Remembers Michelle


Sometime around 1990, Michelle Tooley met Loretto. She was studying for her doctorate in Christian social ethics at Louisville Southern Baptist Seminary and found hospitality and the opportunity for retreat at Knob’s Haven and Cedars of Peace. The title of her book Voices of the Voiceless: Women, Justice and Human Rights in Guatemala speaks to some of the passion of her life. In her application for co-membership, Michelle wrote, “All along I have wanted to identify closely with Loretto, partly because of the role this community has had, consciously or unconsciously, in my spiritual life, but also because I want … Continue reading

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Loretto Centers Plan 2015 Retreats


The Denver Center Retreat will take place Aug. 6-10. Facilitators will be Cathy Mueller and Bette Ann Jaster OP. Bette Ann is coordinator for Co-Op for Earthsake. This year’s retreat theme will be “Walking With God in Our Sacred Universe.” The retreat begins with supper at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, and ends with lunch on Monday, Aug. 10. For more information go to http://us9.campaign-archive1.com/?u=ba69f59b52314bd78714683de&id=9dcd8ba70 . Cathy and Bette Ann will carry their theme forward to the St. Louis Center Retreat. The retreat begins with supper at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, and ends with lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 15. … Continue reading

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Mary Ann Cunningham's Work Recognized


By Anna Koop How sweet it was to be on hand for the celebration of Mary Ann Cunningham by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. Mary Ann received a Life-Time Achievement Award for the work she has done over the years by speaking to medical students, finding Catholic counselors for Catholic women with questions around reproductive rights and rustling up folks who could testify to the state legislature around issues related to reproductive rights. As a staunch member of the Loretto Women’s Network, Mary Ann takes seriously the identity statement which states: “A social change movement, the Loretto Women’s Network … Continue reading

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United Nations Seeks Worldwide Racial Justice


By Cecilie Kern During the past year, a long-overdue discussion about racial justice has emerged in the United States. We have remembered the important gains of generations of civil rights activists in legal, political, social and economic spheres; we have humbly tried to address privilege and become better allies; and we have spoken out against injustice. The dream of full equality remains an elusive one here. But the complex and serious challenge of structural inequality and discrimination is not a uniquely American problem. Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance are human rights violations transmitted across generations and are manifest … Continue reading

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A View from Inside


By Kitty Madden Entering the General Assembly hall of the United Nations in late May, I remembered former visits to the United Nations in the 1980s, always as part of huge disarmament protests that took place in the streets outside. My “inside” visit this time was facilitated by Loretto’s repre-sentatives co-member Sally Dunne and Loretto Volunteer Cecilie Kern. What a privilege it was to participate in the interactive hearings of the non-governmental organizations and other representatives of civil society giving input for the post 2015 development agenda to be finalized this September. Particularly impressive were the presentations of young people … Continue reading

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University Officials, Alumnae Dedicate Grotto, Remember LHC


While the weather was dreary, the mood was anything but at a grotto dedication ceremony at Regis University in Denver. On May 19 University officials gathered with alumnae from Loretto Heights College (LHC) to dedicate a grotto on campus as the Our Lady of Loretto Grotto. Loretto Heights College was the sister school of Regis College. In the summer of 1988, LHC closed and three of its academic programs moved to Regis College. Regis University now educates future health care workers in the Loretto Heights School of Nursing. The dedication May 19 recognized Loretto Heights as being part of both … Continue reading

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