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Kim Klein Receives Award


Kim Klein was among four individuals to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award from Pacific School of Religion (PSR), a multi-denominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, Calif. The award, presented by the PSR Alumni Council, recognizes PSR graduates who have provided outstanding service and leadership in their ministry. Kim attended PSR from 1976-1978 and then worked in its development department in 1979. Kim, a council member said, “is one of the most sought-after fund raisers in the non-profit world.”

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Marion County (Ky.) Fiscal Court Passes Resolution Opposing Pipeline


Dec. 18, 2014, the Marion County (Ky.) Fiscal Court unanimously passed a resolution opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline. In addition to other environmental concerns, the pipeline through Marion County passes through the watershed area for the county water supply. In announcing this action, Susan Classen noted, “I feel as if I’m experiencing democracy the way it’s supposed to be with elected officials who are aware and responsive to issues impacting our county.“ It was suggested that the full resolution, which may be found at http://www.lorettocommunity.org/loretto-celebrates-williams-co-s-decision-to-suspend-investment-in-bluegrass-pipeline-project/, can be used to encourage other counties to also take similar actions Said Susan, “I … Continue reading

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Cathy Mueller Receives Golden Buffalo Award


Cathy Mueller received the Golden Buffalo Award for the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year from Machebeuf High School in Denver. It is awarded annually for outstanding service to Bishop Machebeuf High School and contributions made to its surrounding community. The purpose of this award is to recognize alumni who have exhibited leadership, teaching, service and a commitment to Bishop Machebeuf High School and its mission. Congratulations, Cathy!

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The Loretto Spirit Is Alive and Well in Bolivia


By Troy Garrison I have been a proud Co-member of the Loretto Community for more than 35 years. I taught with the sisters at Loretto in Kansas City, Mo., from 1973 to 1978. Vicki Quatmann was my principal. She encouraged her teachers to be as creative and innovative as the students (not always appreciated in the public schools where I taught). After leaving Kansas City, Vicki moved to Bolivia to work with the poorest of the poor throughout Bolivia. I read in Interchange about the incredible impact she had on the women of Bolivia. The people of Bolivia honored her … Continue reading

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Introducing Molly Butler, Loretto Volunteer Program Coordinator


By Eileen Harrington The Loretto Community, a vital and aging bunch, exists for mission. During our 200-plus year history, we have carried forward our mission by adapting to ever-changing causes and conditions in our world. Today, we ponder the future of mission carried forward in part by a very different Loretto group than we have known in our past. These individuals, neither vowed nor co-members, are young adults drawn to Loretto’s mission through the Loretto Volunteer Program. The Loretto Volunteer Program Coordinator has the important responsibility of managing, with the support and guidance of various Loretto Community members, the “formation” … Continue reading

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Working for Justice, Acting for Peace: Loretto’s Global Advocacy at the U.N.


By Sally Dunne and Cecilie Kern The Loretto Community Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) began its presence at the United Nations in 1991 to promote its values and advocate for issues on the international level by leveraging the insight and voices of those working at the grassroots level. Loretto has a long history of working for peace and justice in the United States and all over the world. As recognition that key concerns and commitments of the Loretto Community coincided with U.N. concerns, interest in attending meetings and participating in U.N. events grew as well. At the Loretto Assembly in 1991, suggesting … Continue reading

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Loretto Celebrates Webster University Centennial Year


By Annie Stevens “Picture a rear view mirror and a windshield — both needed to navigate where you are going.” This image inspired Mary Louise Denny, Barbara Ann Barbato and I to propose a Founders’ Progressive Dinner to celebrate the first day of the 100th year of Webster University on Nov. 1, 2014. On that date in 1915, the cornerstone of All Saints Chapel (now Winifred Moore Auditorium) was laid. As adjunct professor of religious studies, I organized the program. The evening revolved around a progressive dinner theme with each course accompanied by video interviews done at the Motherhouse. Nine … Continue reading

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Maria and Samina Renew Their Vows


By Nasreen Daniel We started the celebration by saying the evening prayers in our garden — this time on the chairs and around a decorated table there were a candle and flowers from our own garden. During the summer, we often say evening prayers in the garden when it is cool outside, but the decorated table made this a special occasion. The Mass in our chapel started at 4 p.m. this past Oct. 27 with Psalm 63, “My soul thirsts for you,” sung in Punjabi. We invited participants to bring into the presence of God any one or any worry … Continue reading

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Welcome to New Co-member Donna Hamburg


By Mary Kay Brannan and Donna Hamburg As Donna’s contact person, I have been privileged to be a part of her journey.  Loretto is blessed to have someone as dedicated to this community as Donna and to share in her joyful spirit and concern for others.  Here is Donna’s introduction of herself to the larger community in her own words: “I was raised in the Denver area, and am an alumnus of St. Mary’s Academy, class of 1973.  This was the origin of my interest in the Loretto people and work.  One of the biggest influences for me was Sister … Continue reading

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Introducing New Co-member Barbara Kinney


By Kathy Baldwin-Heitman Barbara Kinney, the newest co-member of Kansas City’s Group 16, has been connected to Loretto for more than 40 years! We are so pleased that her process has been finalized because now we get to celebrate! Barbara’s “big event” is being planned in conjunction with our spring Community Group meeting, giving us another opportunity later this year to share those details with you. Barbara’s family moved from Des Moines, Iowa, to Kansas City, Mo., when she was a young girl. She married Ed Kinney in 1958. Barb and Ed have four amazing children: Kathy, Bryce, Bryan and … Continue reading

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