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Loretto Volunteers Complete Their Missions


By Molly Butler July 13 the 2015-2016 Loretto Volunteers captured the hearts of a full Motherhouse conference room through a night of storytelling. The narratives told that night were crafted during their weeklong closing retreat and reflected eight distinct experiences guided by the same mission to work for justice and peace. This special group of young adults ended their volunteer year the same way they began — wise, grounded, good-humored and open-minded; what came between is where their stories unfold … Maya Combs’ story opened with a snapshot of her 10-year-old self at the birth of her cousin, a formative … Continue reading

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Hunger Fund Requests Due in October; $23,000 Available for Distribution


The Hunger Fund Allocation Committee announces that $23,000 is available for distribution this fall to groups dedicated to feeding the hungry. Loretto Community members and friends are invited to send requests to Hunger Fund Allocation Committee, c/o Loretto Motherhouse, 515 Nerinx Road, Nerinx, KY 40049, or by e-mail to Cecily Jones, committee convener (address in Loretto directory). Since copies of requests need to be made for committee members, please send letters, typed if possible, on white paper suitable for reproduction. Requests should include a description of the work, needs of the group asking for funds and information on how a … Continue reading

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Before He Was Famous


Over the years there is a tiny memory that has come back to me from time to time. Now is the time to write it down and share it. I had the great good fortune to live at Broadway and teach at Loretto High School and Flaget, both in Louisville. It was the latter half of the 1960s, and the household consisted of those who taught at Loretto High School, Christ the King Parish and retired sisters. I regret to say that I do not recall the name of the sister who told the following to me, and there aren’t … Continue reading

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Surprised by Beauty


By Roberta Hudlow There is a spot of ecological and low-tech beauty behind Webster University’s multiple-rise parking garage on Garden Avenue. It is a low marshy area that planners at the university decided would make a good rain runoff spot for the rather large concrete and brick footprint of Webster’s mother campus. This bio-retention pond collects the runoff from about half of the building and parking areas. It holds the water and allows it to slowly seep into the ground and into the aquifer as the soil filters out garbage and other sediment. The plan was to ease the burden … Continue reading

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Loretto Goes to World Humanitarian Summit 2016


By Theresa Kubasak “I’ve been at the Summit for two days and this is the best thing I’ve heard! We need to listen to refugees. Everyone in Europe should be listening. We need to listen to this!” The responder, Andrea Bellardinelli from Programma Italia Emergency, was correct in the assessment that most of the sessions at the World Humanitarian Summit did not feature the voices of refugees. However in a session at the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) sponsored by the Loretto Community and the U.N. NGO Committee on Migration, three Syrian refugees shared their personal writings. Wafaa, Ali and Mohamad … Continue reading

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Loretto Circles Keep on Rolling


By the Loretto Outreach Team It is almost a year since the first Loretto Circle at Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis got under way. Since then school faculty members, Sisters of Loretto, former Loretto Volunteers and Loretto co-members have gathered on a monthly basis to share discussions around the history, values, missions and spirituality of Loretto. Meanwhile, in the past five months, two more Loretto Circles have formed. One of those Circles is in the Boston/Cambridge area, comprised of Loretto co-members, former volunteers, alum of Loretto schools and a friend of the Community. Despite a harsh winter, this … Continue reading

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Signal of the Hummingbird


(Editor’s note: This letter first appeared June 30, 2016 in the Vail Daily.) One of the joys of family reunions is the opportunity to hear some amazing stories from other family members. For decades, our family, including my sister and brother-in-law from St. Louis, Mary Beth and George Hughes, has chosen to hold its reunions in Vail, Colo., during the Bravo! Vail Music Festival. A fascinating story I heard this summer was from my sister Janet who lives in Irvine, Calif. Janet’s longtime neighbor, Priscilla, had a fountain at the back of her house. A hummingbird would come and take … Continue reading

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Carrying Loretto Forward


Carrying Loretto Forward – Regina Drey, St. Mary’s Academy, Englewood Colo., historian/director of Loretto projects, came to St. Louis this August to talk with Nerinx Hall faculty and staff before the new school year was to begin. Her presentation highlighted Loretto’s three sponsored schools (St. Mary’s, Nerinx and Loretto Academy) and how they are continuing Loretto’s mission.

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Lumen Christi Award to Mary Louise Beutner


The Loretto Heights Alumnae Association recognized Mary Louise Beutner, Ph.D., as an outstanding and beloved member of the Loretto Heights faculty, saying she made Shakespeare relevant in today’s world. Mary Louise taught at the Heights in the 1950s and 1960s. She died at Loretto Motherhouse on Sept. 19, 1987.

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