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A Celebration of Co-membership for Mary Ann DeBaggio Lovett


By Mary Catherine Rabbitt Mary Ann De Baggio Lovett celebrated her co-membership in Denver at a joyous liturgy Oct. 25 at the Denver Center. Two of Mary Ann’s four adult children, Brianna Lovett and Danielle McCandless, along with their spouses and infant sons, were present and participated in the ceremony. Her son Charles who lives in Berlin and her daughter Alicia who lives in New York were unable to attend. A friend from Novitiate days, Lucy Ryan Klostermann, came from St. Louis for the celebration as did a former high school classmate of Mary Ann’s, Jackie St. Joan, who is … Continue reading

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Barbara Wander Reports on Haiti


By Mary Ann McGivern Barbara Wander made a brief trip to Haiti to meet with 14 university students on scholarship, visit schools, deliver laptops and seeds, and locate and interview scholarship applicants. She stayed with the Little Sisters and reports that while only 15 of the 76 structures destroyed in the earthquake are rebuilt, every one of their programs is up and running, many in temporary structures. The roads, however, are in even worse condition due to recent rains and elections have been postponed because of lack of money. Barbara has been making jewelry and importing Haitian crafts to raise … Continue reading

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Volunteering with Refugees … A Community Effort


By Cecily Jones For Alicia Ramirez the five weeks during which she volunteered at El Paso’s Nazareth Hall, now partly converted into a welcoming center for immigrants, held strong lessons on the importance of community efforts. (For background see page 1 of the August/September Interchange.) Together with other volunteers, three of whom were also women religious — two Providence Sisters from Seattle and one Sinsinawa Dominican — Alicia helped to ensure the well-being of the refugees, chiefly women and children, who arrived daily as they fled from Central American countries and Mexico. Most of those during her stay came from … Continue reading

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Introducing This Year’s Group of Loretto Volunteers


By Eileen Harrington We have a terrific group of nine Loretto Volunteers for the 2014-2015 program year. Three are living at Lockwood House in Webster Groves, Mo., five are at Junia House in Washington, D.C., and one volunteer is in New York City. Martha Berhane is from Aurora, Colo. She is living at Junia House and working as an immigration paralegal at CARECEN in Washington. Julie Cozzetto is from Yakima, Wash. Last year, she served in a different volunteer program in Baltimore. This year, she is living at Junia House and works as a paralegal at Bread for the City. … Continue reading

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‘A Wall Won’t Stop Migration’: Through the Eyes of a Border Trip Participant


Story by and photos courtesy of Nico Gumbs The U.S./Mexico border is filled with trials and tribulations, burdened with murders and deaths, and filled with hope of reaching El Norte. Depicted in the media as a haven for migrating “criminals,” yet nothing is as real as seeing the treacherous wall and border firsthand. Media can never capture the challenges the migrants will face along their journeys; the bravery to endure an enigma that lies ahead of them will hardly be heard; and the cries of families separated will forever be engrained in our minds. The Sonora desert and Nogales border … Continue reading

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Helen Walsh Receives Award


Co-member Helen Walsh received the 2014 “Power of the Purse” Award from the Women’s Leadership Initiative of Atlantic County, an organization she helped to found, whose goals are to support the local United Way in its efforts on behalf of “Success by 6,” a program to foster early childhood literacy, improve parenting skills and to increase the participation of women in philanthropic endeavors. Congratulations to Helen!

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State of the Sisterhood


Anna Koop spoke Oct. 27 at the Capitol Heights Faith Community in Denver about the Vatican investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and ways to support the Sisters. Anna’s talk was sponsored by 10:30 Catholics and promoted by Call to Action Colorado.

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Webster University Honors Loretto During Its Centennial Celebration Year


More than 75 Webster University faculty, students, and alums — and about a dozen Loretto members — attended the Founders’ Progressive Dinner, hosted by Loretto in St. Louis on Nov. 1 to celebrate the beginning of the Webster Centennial year.  A special highlight of the evening were video interviews with Sisters at the Motherhouse who “progressed” with diners through the courses of the meal.  They shared their Webster stories, remembered people who influenced them, and expressed their hopes for Webster’s future. These interviews are posted on the Webster University Centennial public website: www.webster.edu/centennial/media/videos.html.

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Loretto Heritage Center Earns Award of Merit for Leadership in History


By Eleanor Craig The Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum received an Award of Merit at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Sept. 19 in St. Paul, Minn. In announcing the award, AASLH President Terry Davis wrote, “The Leadership in History Award is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition in state and local history. … We congratulate you for the work that has brought this honor.” The award recognizes “the transformation of visitor engagement at the Loretto Motherhouse, including a complete redesign for the visitor’s center and archive research facilities, a mission … Continue reading

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Kudos to Team that Guided Heritage Center from Start to Finish


By Roberta Hudlow When giving kudos to those who worked on the Heritage Center it is important to acknowledge those who contributed greatly. Kate Misbauer dreamed, researched, traveled, viewed the work of others and sought advice. Denise Ann Clifford hunted for and raised money to make Kate’s dream a reality. The talented and knowledgeable Michael Heusler turned their hard work, along with the additional work of the archives team and the planning committee, into an over-the-top event. His expertise in display and knowledge of fabricators produced something far beyond our own ability. In comparing his portfolio to others, Michael’s work … Continue reading

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