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Tobin House: Keeping an Open Door


By Claudia Calzetta Everything happened so fast at the annual mid-year retreat for the St. Louis Volunteers. We were enjoying a beautiful sunny day at Rockhaven retreat center. It was a relaxing weekend, each of us taking a breath and enjoying the wonderful opportunity to focus on self-care. Nothing heavy, just some good, life-giving time together. An important conversation emerged as the day progressed, and we discussed the bittersweet moments that we all were feeling. Leaving the Lockwood House and moving to a new home in Maplewood, Mo., had its challenge not only for the Volunteer Program but also for … Continue reading

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Fine Art Shows Feature Talent of Jeanne Dueber


By Mary Swain Jeanne Dueber won the Second Place Merit Award Feb. 25 in the Owensboro, Ky., Art Guild’s 55th Juried Exhibition. Forty-nine artists, each with one or two pieces, entered the exhibition. Entries were in multimedia, painting and sculpture. Jeanne’s piece is named “Birth” and is in cast aluminum. It is reminiscent of the work of Giacometti, a Swiss 20th-century sculptor known for very thin sculptures. Pauline Albin and I were with Jeanne at the award ceremony. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art has two pieces by Jeanne in its permanent collection. One, familiar to many who come to … Continue reading

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Beth Blissman Offers Her First Update from Loretto at the UN


By Beth Blissman Since the early 1990s, Loretto has had a presence at the United Nations. In official language, we are a non-governmental organization (NGO) with consultative status at the United Nations. Building on the work of Pat Kenoyer, Nancy Finneran, Betty Obal, Mary Peter Bruce and Sally Dunne, I’m deeply honored to bring Loretto values (as well as voices of youth and marginalized communities) into the global decision-making process at the United Nations. We work in collaboration with other NGOs and members of civil society and with U.N. member states and agencies to advocate for the rights of girls … Continue reading

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Drawing Inspiration, Faith and Courage from Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church


By Eileen Harrington For the past month, my partner, our dog and I have been in Tucson, Ariz. The original plan was to spend a month here as a sunny, warm alternative to winter in Wisconsin. Everything changed, though, with this past November’s election and resulting changes to U.S. immigration and enforcement policies. In Tucson and other border cities and towns, communities are living in fear, lives have been disrupted, families separated and the spirit of resistance is strong. Before coming to Tucson, I knew of Southside Presbyterian Church, the birthplace of the modern U.S. Sanctuary Movement. During the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Religious Life in the 21st Century – The Prospect of Refounding


By Elaine Prevallet Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect of Refounding by Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016. Religious Life in the 21st Century is a small book, but tightly packed. Diarmuid O’Murchu takes the reader through the “drastic changes — the dying, grieving, chaos and dislocation” of refounding religious communities. He suggests that we humans are living now in a new paradigm: an evolutionary breakthrough, giving us a “radical new option to serve God in the heart of creation.” He exposes the patriarchal perspective under which women’s religious communities have developed their spiritualities, and the … Continue reading

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St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae and Staff Help Create Keepsake Books


By Regina Drey Remembrances of good times and struggles along with smiles and laughter helped create instant bonds when alumnae and staff from St. Mary’s Academy, Englewood, Colo., and elders who frequently visit Denver’s Southwest Improvement Council (SWIC) sat down together to capture memories in a keepsake book. The idea for the memory book was Jan Belle’s who, as director of SWIC, realized that frequent moves, downsizing or a lack of time kept some of the elders from having any record of their lives to hand on to the next generation. Jan shared her idea with Cathy Darnell and they … Continue reading

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Introducing David Edwards, Troubadour to Tots


By Cecily Jones One might bestow the honorific “troubadour to tots” on co-member David Edwards because he can be found, guitar slung over his shoulder, playing and singing folk songs and his own songs for the children at the Loretto Child Care Center and the Head Start Program in the little town of Loretto, Ky. Not long after he and his wife, Kaye, also a co-member, moved here in February 2016 (they live just up the road from the Motherhouse), David began visiting the center. And since last September he regularly has been engaging with the kids in the classrooms … Continue reading

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Mary Rhodes Awardee Releases New Book for Children


Patricia McKissack (1994 Mary Rhodes Awardee), a well-known writer, especially of books for children and young adults, has a new book about children’s games and songs. It is Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out. Pat and her sister started the idea by sharing some of their remembered hand-clap songs. Pat’s late husband, Fredrick, did much of the research into the origins of the songs. Well-known illustrator Brian Pinkley provided the rollicking art work. Some of the chants were inspired by the Underground Railroad. The entries originate in many cultures. A quote from Pat in … Continue reading

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Loretto Supports National Farm Workers Ministry


By Roxanne Monterastelli Carolyn Jarmillo and Rox Monterastelli represented the Latin America Caribbean Committee at the National Farm Workers Ministry winter board meeting in January at FIRM, Fresno (Calif.) Interdenominational Immigration Ministries. Historically the NFWM board meetings include an action that reflects and supports the work of the ministry. Arturo Rodriguez, president of the United Farm Workers, spoke to the board about recent successes and future plans of the UFW. Carolyn and Rox then joined Rodriguez, Bobby Kennedy Jr., members of the UFW, local farmworkers and supporters in front of the Coyle Federal Building for a press conference and rally. … Continue reading

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Motherhouse Hosts Pakistan Committee


By Mary Ann Lovett Recently the Pakistan Committee decided that our face-to-face meeting would be at the Loretto Motherhouse for the grace that location imparts to each of us and for the opportunity to have conversation with the Community. Two events were planned with the Community. The 2016 Oscar award-winning short documentary A Girl in the River: the Price of Forgiveness was shown one evening, and a discussion with the committee broadcast throughout the Motherhouse was offered after Sunday Mass. At the invitation of retiring committee chairwoman Mary Helen Sandoval, Kathleen Tighe opened the gathering session. She invited us all … Continue reading

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