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Book Review: ‘Roundabout’ by Marie Ego (2016)


By Mary Anne Reese “You who loved humanity would have laughed today at your funeral and been surprised to see who gathered there when before it was too much to lift a finger for you.” So begins the poem “Akos,” one of the first poems in Marie Ego’s new full-length collection Roundabout. The poet addresses this brief communal confession to an AIDS-afflicted prostitute and continues: “[Y]ou accepted pitiful offerings as though they were regal gifts and loved the giver with forgiving eyes …” Marie Ego wrote most of these poems while serving in Ghana from 1987 to 2010. Her title … Continue reading

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Loretto Academy Restores St. Joseph’s Chapel Pipe Organ


Story By Alejandra Saldaña St. Joseph’s Chapel at Loretto Academy in El Paso had its grand reopening this past April, and, although the majority of the work was completed, one of its most stunning features, the pipe organ, built in 1939, continued to sit in silence and disrepair. Scott Weir, curator of organs, explained, “The work began with a complete disassembly of the instrument, including the removal of all 1,221 pipes. Metal pipes were washed, and their damage was repaired. Wooden pipes were freed of dust, then oiled. Leather on the organ bellows, windchests, valves and stoppers was replaced. The … Continue reading

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‘And Sarah laughed …’


By Annie Stevens A joyful crowd of more than 100 gathered Oct. 9, 2016, at the main entrance of The Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Mo., to dedicate a statue of the Biblical Sarah, whose upturned face is that of Loretto’s own Elaine Marie Prevallet. Months ago, Elaine was visiting with friends when the storytelling led to laughter. “I suddenly was aware of a voice that said, ‘Sarah! Sarah!’ and I realized that one of the women was looking intently at me,” Elaine recalls. The voice was that of Mercy Sister Marie Henderson, an artist in Michigan who had recently accepted … Continue reading

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A Message of Thanks from the Children’s Peace Theatre


By Marcella Hannon Shields In the spring of 1997, my husband, Eldon Shields, and I were notified that we needed to move the Centre for Creative Ministries, which we had founded in 1984 in Toronto at the invitation of the Passionist Community of Canada. We searched for a new space where we could continue the Compassionate Leadership Program and our other programs dedicated “to promoting compassion and peace for persons, communities and the earth.” It was a very difficult time through which our Loretto Community Group 21 supported us with their incredible kindness and prayers. After we found an old … Continue reading

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NCR Books Editor Speaks on Future of Religious Communities


By Mary Kay Brannan Jamie Manson, a columnist and NCR books editor, spoke to the Loretto Community in Denver Sept. 15, 2016, about the future of religious communities. In her presentation Manson spoke of the gifts religious communities offer persons seeking a spiritual community that works in areas of social justice. Vocations to religious life have dropped, but associate membership or co-membership has risen. Religious communities compete for young adults in their 20s and early 30s, but these young people are not joining. Millennials are the least likely of any generation to be religious, she said. Manson said, they could … Continue reading

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Colleagues & Friends Celebrate Mary Catherine Rabbitt’s Retirement


By Vicki Schwartz With more than 70 professional and personal friends, Mary Catherine Rabbitt celebrated her retirement from Disability Law Colorado Dec. 15, 2016. Testimonials were given by her agency colleagues. Jon Asher, executive director of Colorado Legal Services, and Maureen Farrell-Stephenson, who co-founded the Colorado Center on Law & Policy with Mary Catherine in 1999, were among those praising Mary Catherine. Cathy Mueller spoke on behalf of Loretto and her remarks emphasized Mary Catherine’s earlier work for the Loretto Community as Social Advocate from 1975-1981. During that time, she served on the boards of the National Farm Worker Ministry … Continue reading

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Fifth Intercommunity Collaborative Leadership Development Program Will Begin This Year


By Maureen O’Connell “Far and away, the CLDP program has been the best professional and personal develop-ment program I have ever engaged in. Not only has it allowed me to more fully understand myself and the leadership style I have employed for many years, it has challenged me to grow toward the kind of leader the world needs going forward.” — Kathy Baldwin-Heitman       In the last five years, four Loretto vowed members and co-members (Kathy Baldwin-Heitman, Rosa Lizarde, Lisa Reynolds and Natalie Wing) have participated in a leadership program for members under 60 created by a collaborative … Continue reading

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Haiti: Gift to All


By Barbara Wander Instead of starting with yet one more description of a disaster in Haiti and an appeal for help, I would first like to talk about what Haiti has given to the rest of us. The first thing that comes to mind is an example of unflinching faith. I saw this firsthand when, after the earthquake, prayers were chanted so fervently. The Little Sisters have great faith, and, therefore, they have great strength, and this is an example for all the people they serve. It used to annoy me when I first went to Haiti and their sentences … Continue reading

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Loretto in Faisalabad and Lahore


By Maria Daniel Faisalabad was the first love of Loretto in Pakistan. We came back to our own country and found it a challenge. We had to be enculturated. Families we had known had moved on. We were not part of their history. The country had moved for good or bad and we had not witnessed it at all. None of us was from the Faisalabad diocese. The only person known to us was Bishop Joseph Coutts. We had to make new friends with clergy and at the same time to be cautious so that we did not step too … Continue reading

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