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News from St. Albert’s School


By Maria Daniel, Nasreen Daniel and Samina Iqbal Faisalabad, the Pakistan city where St. Albert’s is located, is an industrial city. All the waste from all the factories is dumped on the outskirts of many neighborhoods, and the roads and streets are littered with garbage because of the negligence of the government. But sometimes the garbage can be put to good use, and people who need the garbage ask the factory owners to send the garbage to their location. This was true for the road in front of St. Albert’s School. The road was in a very bad condition. Between … Continue reading

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Loretto Center St. Louis Welcomes New Coordinator


Dominican Sheila Brennan, a proud member of the global “Order of Preachers” for 52 years, came on board Feb. 1 as the St. Louis Loretto Center’s new coordinator. She succeeds co-coordinators Mary Jo Heman OP and Sue Rogers. Sheila attends to the care of the Center’s residents and oversees the proper running of the Webster Groves facility. Congratulations, Sheila, on your new position. Loretto wishes you well!

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Cathy Darnell’s Co-Membership Celebration at SMA


By Mary Catherine Rabbitt Cathy Bell Darnell celebrated her co-membership in Loretto Jan. 11 at St. Mary’s Academy, surrounded by family and friends. It was most fitting that Cathy’s celebration took place at St. Mary’s since that is where she first met the Sisters of Loretto as a freshman in the high school in 1963. Cathy graduated from St. Mary’s in 1967, but never really left: Her sister graduated in 1975, and Cathy’s daughter, Molly, also graduated from St. Mary’s in 1999. Cathy served on the SMA Board of Directors, including a stint as board chair, continues to serve on … Continue reading

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NETWORK Conversations Begin at SMA


By Cathy Mueller While Simone Campbell SSS visited St. Mary’s Academy in Denver on its Diversity Day, she also invited members of the business community to join her for lunch to discuss the role of the businesses in fostering the common good. This gathering was the first in a series of conversations that NETWORK will hold throughout the country. St. Mary’s Academy was honored to be the host of this inaugural conversation. Simone engaged SMA Board Chair Maureen Reidy Witt to host the luncheon. Attending guests included board members, parents, alumnae and members of the Loretto Community. The conversation, facilitated … Continue reading

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Community Considers 15 Proposals for Loretto Assembly 2015


By Mary Ann McGivern and Barbara Roche Assembly planning is in full swing. The dates, July 12 at noon to July 17 at 3 p.m., are on everyone’s calendar. The planning committee has looked at the Sheraton Chalet space and studied the agenda to make room for speakers, sales items for causes, proposal consideration, meals, books to give away and the election process. The days will be full of content and action. Margaret Wheatley will be the keynote speaker at the Assembly. She is an organization and management expert with deep and abiding interest in the functioning of religious communities. … Continue reading

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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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