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Profiles of Community Leadership


Meet the new team for 2016-2018! Below are brief biographies of our newly elected president, vice president, Executive Committee and Community Forum. Pearl McGivney SL, President Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1942, shortly after Pearl Harbor, I was named in memory of those who died there. Perhaps my commitment to peace in our fragile world began in the womb. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, N.Y., taught me through high school, and inspired me to be a missionary to the poor. After high school, I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph novitiate and attended Brentwood College and later Manhattan … Continue reading

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See Slide Show Presentation on Ann Manganaro’s Life, Legacy


  Click here to see the April 6 slide show presentation, with audio, of Ann Manganaro’s life and legacy. The presentation was given by Dr. Marty Schmidt of Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. (Please be patient; the slide show take a short time to load fully!) “The Greatest Story Never Told,” a lecture on Ann Manganaro’s life and legacy, will be given at the Grand Rounds from 8 – 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, in Danis Auditorium at SSM-Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. All are welcome to attend. A continental breakfast will be provided. … Continue reading

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Bee-lieve It or Not: ‘Glory Bee Project’ Has Community Buzzing


By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL If you thought donning the religious habit was complicated, it was nothing compared to getting into this protective bee garb,” commented Sue Charmley as we watched fellow beekeeper Alicia Ramirez struggle into the gear. Sue and Alicia are two of the four beekeepers whose apiary work at the Motherhouse has just begun. Sue is wearing one of the arm-length gloves while the other hangs on in readiness. At this point, they think protecting the upper body will be enough to keep the bees from attacking them. Two people examine the large number of parts that … Continue reading

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Spring Comes to Loretto Motherhouse


By Eileen Custy Photos by Peg Jacobs One of the things I have enjoyed most about moving to the Motherhouse is spring. In the Southwest, my home for many years, spring comes on quickly and is beautiful in its own way, but in Kentucky, spring meanders in slowly in small increments that give a little more delight each day. Sitting in church during the past months, when looking out the window I saw only the stark silhouettes of barren trees outlined against the blue sky (also lovely to behold), but recently there has been a very subtle change, just a … Continue reading

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‘Our Days at Loretto Motherhouse’: Mooving Along!


By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL “I’ve never heard tell of such a thing,” replied a resident when told about the cow maternity ward. The almost two acres of pasture on the north side of the cattle barn is enclosed by an electric-cord fence. The voltage if investigated by a cow nose is not enough to shock the animal off its feet but offers surprise enough to get its attention and to instill wariness. The six expectant cows in that area seem satisfied with the special arrangement. Their water supply is by the entrance to the feeding shed, which has been … Continue reading

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‘Sisters of Troost’ Highlights Sisters Helping Those No One Else Will


By Donna Day “It takes a village” to support a village. “They help people no one else will,” writes Kansas City (Mo.)Star reporter Donald Bradley. The Sisters of St. Joseph, Mercy, Notre Dame and Loretto are all featured in Bradley’s insightful article, “The sisters of Troost,” which ran on the front page of the newspaper’s April 3 edition. Fifty years ago Vatican II called communities of religious women to new areas of service. We all know the stories, many of us have been on these same streets. The street names differ from Troost, but the realities of generational poverty are … Continue reading

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A Story of ‘One of Our Own’ Inspires Others to International Service


By Donna Day “We honor the wonder of the human spirit.” — Values statement of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center Dr. Marty Schmidt is director of the Medicine Abroad Program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. He began the presentation at the Grand Rounds lecture there on April 6 by introducing the story of his mentor, Dr. Ann Manganaro SL, a former resident physician at Cardinal Glennon. Ann left Cardinal Glennon in 1988 to open the only rural clinic in Guarjila, Chalatenango, El Salvador. Schmidt said, “The story of Ann is a story of one of our own.” … Continue reading

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Surprise! Jean East Receives Award at University of Denver Conference


By Jeanne Orrben Jean East is not easily taken by surprise, yet that happened on April 1 when she received the “Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award for Faculty 2016” during the University of Denver Annual Women’s Conference. Even when friends who are not usually at DU events arrived for the luncheon, Jean had no idea what was coming. It was fun to watch her reaction. Why the award? The following nomination statement from a colleague says it all: “Jean East’s entire career has been focused on recognizing and supporting women’s voices at every level of society. She has promoted the … Continue reading

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St. Vincent De Paul, Denver, Recognizes Women Religious


By Cathy Mueller Loretto was invited to attend an assembly at St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver to recognize the years of service given there by religious communities: Sisters of Loretto, 58 years; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 10 years; and Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, 20 years. Mary Nelle Gage, Cathy Mueller, Lydia Peña, Vicki Schwartz and Sylvia Sedillo represented Loretto. We were given a tour of the school and attended a school assembly. We were shown a slide presentation recognizing many of the individual sisters who taught there, the second graders sang a special song they … Continue reading

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Searching for Home: An Exhibit at the History Colorado Museum


By Byron Plumley and Shirley Whiteside Two years ago James Peterson, assistant curator on the staff of the Colorado History Museum, initiated a conversation with a man holding a sign on a Denver street corner. The sign read “Homeless. Anything helps. God bless.” During the next several weeks Peterson noticed and visited with others holding signs. He bought some of the signs. At one point Peterson asked himself, “What in that person’s life led them to this street corner to depend on the generosity of passersby simply to survive?” Peterson introduced the idea of sponsoring an exhibit on the history … Continue reading

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