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Challenging Papal Doctrine of Discovery: Historic Next Step


By Libby Comeaux May 4 was the 523rd anniversary of Inter Caetera, one of several 15th century papal bulls that initiated the Doctrine of Christian Discovery. This doctrine justified colonial seizure “in perpetuity” of lands occupied by indigenous peoples and genocide if they did not convert. When the papacy’s civil authority ended, the doctrine migrated to civil law. It continues to serve as justification for denying indigenous treaty rights, as in the 2013 refusal to recognize indigenous sovereignty to purify Sacred Lake Onondaga after U.S. mining permits rendered it a Superfund site. For almost 25 years, traditional indigenous elders and … Continue reading

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Kim Klein Publishes New Edition


By Mary Ann McGivern Co-member and veteran fund raiser Kim Klein has just published the seventh edition of her classic book, Fundraising for Social Change. For more than 30 years, Fundraising for Social Change has been the hands-on guide to raising money from individuals. With a specific focus on grassroots organizations working for justice, it is one of the most widely used books in the field and in university degree programs. Often described as the “Bible of grassroots fund raising,” the book is used all over the world. Chapters of it have been translated into many different languages, and the … Continue reading

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Connie Newton Celebrates 25 Years in Loretto


By Connie Newton In truth, home is where the heart is. That’s Loretto for me …and the Community has many beautiful mobile homes. Because Jesus said something like, “Whoever loves me and keeps my word, my Father will love, too, and we’ll come and make our home there,” I’ve enjoyed and shared some unusual holy hospitality. I think of the first time I met Gordie Albi in the late ‘80s. We spoke of our shared interest and journeys in Central America. She invited me to go the next night with her and other Loretto members to a sleep-in at the … Continue reading

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Loretto Class of 1966 Celebrates 50 Years


By Sue Charmley In 1966, 50 years ago, two groups of postulants were received into Loretto’s novitiate. Half of the class had lived in the St. Louis House of Studies under the guidance of Virginia Williams, while the western postulants had lived on South Wadsworth Boulevard in Denver, under Cecily Jones’ care. As first-year novices, the two groups merged at Nerinx, Ky., to be further nurtured under Helen Jean Seidel, their novice director. Now, in 2016, after half a lifetime, seven of the class of 1966 had a reunion this past May at the Motherhouse. Along with catching each other … Continue reading

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Dan Berrigan and Loretto Share Values of Community, Family, Friendship


By Pat McCormick Daniel Berrigan died April 30 in the Jesuit skilled-care facility on the Fordham University campus, just nine days before his 95th birthday. Thanks to Mary Luke Tobin and her Council in 1965, Virginia Fosage and I met Dan in Cuernavaca, Mexico, while we were in preparatory studies for our Loretto mission in Latin America. Dan had been exiled from New York City by Cardinal Francis Spellman, with the cooperation of the Jesuit provincial, for Dan’s public opposition to the U.S. war in Vietnam. Virginia and I were first assigned to a Jesuit school in Tacna, Peru, where … Continue reading

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Dan Berrigan Lights Loretto Novice’s Fire and Zeal for Poor


By Mary Ann McGivern I was 20 in 1962 when Thomas Merton brought his visitor, Daniel Berrigan, over to the Loretto Motherhouse to speak to the novices. I don’t remember what he said to the 100 or so gathered in our auditorium one morning, but six of us were selected to have a poetry seminar with Father Berrigan in the front parlor the next hour. Berrigan was 40, lean, dark and very handsome to me, who hadn’t seen any men under 60 but my father and the Motherhouse farmhands for a couple of years. But more important than his looks, … Continue reading

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Delegation to Venezuela: Sowing Food Sovereignty


By Rox Monterastelli (Editor’s Note: Rox Monterastelli participated in the Task Force on the Americas delegation to meet women confronting economic war by empowering a nation. She offers us a mini action to support these women.) Venezuela is at the crossroads of hunger. Just two years after the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization praised the nation for reducing hunger by half, Venezuela today is scrambling to feed its citizens. A vicious economic war that seeks to topple the Bolivarian Revolution, the dramatic plunge in global oil prices (95 percent of the nation’s revenue) and a long dependence on food … Continue reading

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Forging Peace Along with Garden Tools


By Pat Geier Zealous NRA members held their 2016 annual convention in Louisville on May 21, spurring into action hundreds of engaged Louisville citizens. We are seeking an alternative to the gun- crazed culture that has plagued American cities in recent years. In spite of Donald Trump, who was the NRA’s keynote speaker and the NRA’s billboard advertisement of “11 acres of guns and gear” at the Kentucky Fairgrounds, Louisvillians showed up on the streets, in churches and at civic events to protest and to give witness to the dream that a new way is possible. Participants included both gun … Continue reading

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Loretto Hunger Fund Helps Support Jemez Springs, N.M., Organizations


By Sharon Palma Jemez Helping Hands and Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church in the Jemez Springs, N.M., area have been recipients of the Loretto Hunger Fund for several years. The population that is served with these donations includes the Jemez Native Americans on the Jemez Indian Pueblo, the local Hispanic natives and the local native families of the Jemez Valley. Two food pantries are supported, one on the Jemez Pueblo and the other in the Village of Jemez Springs at the Jemez Presbyterian Church. Jemez Helping Hands manages the food pantry on the pueblo and works in collaboration with the food … Continue reading

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Carol Colligan Shares Her Webster U. Story


Webster University is airing a YouTube video testimonial by alumna Carol Colligan, “Carol Colligan Creates a Living History Travel Fund for Webster University,” which was composed by Ryan Fitzgerald, Webster University Class of 2018. Carol tells the story of her coming to Webster University, what it has meant to her and the legacy she leaves for future Webster University students. Thank you, Carol, for sharing your love for Webster University and the enrichment you are providing for present and future Webster University students. You can see Carol’s video testimonial at http://webster.givingplan.net/pp/donor-stories/4802.

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