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Anti-fracking Nuns? Not Again!


By Theresa Kubasak Google “anti-fracking nuns” and a marvelous YouTube video will appear featuring 21 women from Loretto singing “Amazing Grace.” It is almost legend how we stopped Williams Co. from building the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through Loretto land but it took a tremendous amount of coalition building with our neighbors and allies. Now Williams is threatening to use eminent domain to seize farmland belonging to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Lancaster, Pa., for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. In late June Maria Visse received an email plea from Tim Spiese of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP). He … Continue reading

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Pauline Albin Receives Acacia Award at the African-American Leadership Awards


By Kathy Wright Pauline Albin received the Acacia Award for her years of service, support and fidelity to the African-American Catholic community in the Louisville Archdiocese. March 11 eight members of Loretto and three family members accompanied Pauline to the 30th Annual African-American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner. It was a grand event at the Galt House, including an amazing array of presenters and award recipients. The Acacia Award program notes stated about Pauline and the other two recipients that “over the years we have benefited greatly from their leadership, service and contributions to education, our local community and nationally through … Continue reading

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LHC Honors Elaine Prevallet


By Martha Crawley The Spirit of Loretto Awards are given annually to outstanding alumnae, former faculty and staff of Loretto Heights College (LHC) in recognition of personal achievement, substantial contribution of service to others and a commitment to the promotion of social justice consistent with the traditions and mission of the Sisters of Loretto. Elaine Prevallet was one of the recipients this year. Elaine was not able to be present and requested that I receive the award on her behalf. Elaine sent the following statement to be read by me at the awards gathering in July at LHC: “First let … Continue reading

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Hunger Fund to Allocate $20,000; Deadline Oct. 16


By Brenda Purser The Hunger Fund Allocation Committee met in late July to discuss plans for this year’s distribution of funds. We were saddened by the July 18 death of committee member Cecily Jones. She was convener of the committee for 25 years, and her commitment to feeding hungry people will long be remembered. The committee wishes to announce that $20,000 will be available for distribution this fall to groups that are dedicated to food provision in a variety of settings. An area of focus for this year will be providing assistance to immigrant populations, but all groups are encouraged … Continue reading

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation


By Sofia Almanzan and Sofia Cortez, Loretto Academy students, El Paso The Motherhouse trip was an amazing experience. We realized that the reason we came home so amazed was because of the people that surrounded us on this trip. The teachers, the girls, the campers and most importantly the sisters all had an effect on why we had such an unforgettable experience. The teachers were very kind and genuine people. One of the best parts of our day was reflection time and getting to tell the teachers the highlights of our day. The teachers kept telling us that they were … Continue reading

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Two Loretto Members to Visit Ghana


The Ghana Sister Community Committee is sending two Loretto Community members to Ghana to experience Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity (FST) Community life and ministry and to follow up the work of earlier meetings. (See Interchange, Dec. 2016, Vol. #10, No. 10.) Kay Carlew and Betsy Clute will leave Nov. 16 and return Dec. 18. Ghana Sister Community Committee members are Pauline Albin, Betsy, Marie Ego, Carole Eschen and Lillian Moskeland.

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Loretto & Nerinx: In Good Company


              By Annie Stevens and Donna Day Sixty people — members of the Loretto Community, Nerinx Hall faculty, students and board members — gathered in the Loretto Chapel for a prayer service April 24. Pearl McGivney welcomed everyone, speaking words of gratitude for the decades of excellent Loretto education at Nerinx. Several Nerinx students presented the Loretto Community with a giant card of thanks. Nerinx President John Gabriel lit the candles of several Nerinx staff members nearby as Mary Louise Denny began a litany of hope for the future of Nerinx. Declared Mary Louise, … Continue reading

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Loretto High School Alumnae Association Grants Support Loretto Values, Mission


By Barbara Nicholas Annually, the board of the Loretto High School Alumnae Association, following consultation with the members at the business meeting, awards small grants of up to $500 to sisters and co-members of Loretto to support projects in which they are involved in educational work or in activities that promote compassion, mercy, justice and peace. The alums, of whom I am one, consider that sharing the association’s resources helps to express our gratitude to the many Sisters of Loretto who were our teachers. The values instilled in us by the teaching and example of these women remain powerful influences. … Continue reading

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Loretto Volunteer Shares Her Thoughts After Crossing Border


By Mary Louise Pabello I have known the struggle of migrants all my life, being myself an immigrant to the United States. But after the border trip with Loretto’s Latin America Caribbean Committee, I find myself asking, “Do I really know?” Like the young woman I met at Casa Nazareth, my mother crossed countries while three months pregnant, and with two young daughters in tow. Unlike the young woman, however, my mother wasn’t fleeing violence in her home country. She wasn’t made to cross miles of desert on foot. My mother had a husband waiting to receive her. This young … Continue reading

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