By Judith Baenen and Donna Day Members of Loretto, in person and over Ustream, will engage with noted author, speaker and organizational consultant, Margaret (Meg) Wheatley, during the Assembly July 13 and 14. Wheatley’s work is built on the belief that “whatever the issue, community is the answer.” Wheatley teaches groups around the world, helping them figure out how to sustain relationships through times of transition and struggle. She encourages her listeners to claim their deep spiritual feminist roots. She calls us “the willing disturbers” as we name the issues ahead and face the future with a purpose. She will … Continue reading
By Alice Kitchen Loretto members joined in a nationwide action that took place in 250 cities April 15 to insist that fast food workers be paid a living wage of $15 per hour. Called the “Fight for 15,” the action was held on “Tax Day,” a day which highlights incomes of all kinds of people. In Kansas City, Mo., more than 1,000 supporters showed up and carried signs, cheered the mayor and speakers, marched and supported not only fast food workers, but also home care workers and faculty adjuncts who are advocating for fair compensation. Fair Wages for Adjunct Faculty … Continue reading
By Therese Stawowy How do you begin to talk about an experience that happened to you 50 years ago? That is the question Chris Nava, formerly Sister Christine Mary, and I, formerly Sister Ann Christopher, asked ourselves a few weeks ago when we were invited to San Diego to the Women’s Museum where the documentary film “Sisters of Selma” would be shown as part of the 2015 Annual Film Festival. Chris and I were featured in the film with four other nuns from the St. Louis area, where we all were living at the time. All six women were in … Continue reading
By Kathy Wright This past November the Loretto Earth Network and the Loretto Investment Committee sent representatives to the “Slow Money” Conference in Louisville. One of the presentations focused on “Slow Money” Investment Clubs, a vehicle that some people have used to align their investments with their highest values and priorities. While each investment club is organized around the “Slow Money” principles (see https://slowmoney.org/principles ), each one is also separate and autonomous and able to be replicated by any small group of people who want to pool some of their investment funds and provide funds for local (usually within one … Continue reading
By Pat McCormick As Byron Plumley approached the completion of our IATW/Loretto Life study group, he worked diligently to be accepted as a co-member by springtime, saying, “That is the season of new beginnings, the rise of seeds coming to fruition, and I want to be a co-member when I attend the Assembly in July.” He is a member of Community Group 4. Byron is a farmer, nurturer and teacher of peace and nonviolence. He and his wife, Shirley Whiteside, have a “farm” in the city, are ecological practitioners, and have been part of the Denver justice and peace community … Continue reading
Editor’s Note: Sylvia Sedillo participated in a roundtable discussion about Las Hermanas (LH) called “Remembering the Past and Envisioning the Future” at an Interdisciplinary Symposium this past March at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Las Hermanas began in Houston in 1971 as a national organization of Hispanic women in the Church. Sylvia joined in 1973 when she agreed to organize a Las Hermanas annual assembly in the Midwest, and she was elected to be on the LH National Coordinating Team from 1979 to 1982. The following is an excerpt from her comments: “I want to situate … Continue reading
When Mildred Parish Massey died this past Feb. 16 in Oakland, Calif., at the age of 90, she left quite a legacy. Mrs. Massey was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1924, where her father, William Calhoun Parish, was El Paso’s first African-American letter carrier. In 1955, Mrs. Massey was one of the original 12 students to integrate Texas Western College, now University of Texas at El Paso. Her daughter, U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee of Oakland, was a 2002 Mary Rhodes Award recipient and was taught by Loretto sisters at St. Joseph School in El Paso.
Save the date! The grotto on Regis University’s Northwest Denver campus will be named “Our Lady of Loretto Grotto” in honor of the Sisters of Loretto and all Loretto Heights College alumni, faculty, staff, family and friends. The dedication of the grotto will take place 1:30-3:30 p.m. MDT Tuesday, May 19. For more information, call Regis University’s Office of the Alumni Engagement at 303-458-3536 or go to firstname.lastname@example.org .
On March 1, Judith Baenen became the full-time coordinator of the Denver Loretto Center. She and Linda Stahl Nies previously had shared the position as co-coordinators. Congratulations, Judith, on your new assignment! Loretto wishes you well!
Roberta Hudlow (upper left), Annie Stevens (upper right) and Loretto Volunteer Eleanor Humphrey (bottom left) offer sessions at Nerinx Hall’s Founders’ Day event April 24 in Webster Groves. The annual event honors the foundresses of the Sisters of Loretto. At right, Roberta’s passenger pigeons flock to Nerinx Hall’s courtyard. (Photos by Jean M. Schildz)