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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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Maureen McCormack Offers Her Perspective on Interfaith Dialogue

By Maureen McCormack As I think about the topic of interfaith dialogue, I realize that most of us grew up in one faith or no faith tradition. Some were part of an interfaith household. Many families protected children from influences of other religious traditions. Stereotypes about different faiths were rampant, including plenty of stereotypes about us. Of course, neighborhood children vied with one another about which religion was the best. My mother used to tell us we didn’t need to argue about which was the best; we belonged to the one true church. As an adult, I imagined that most … Continue reading

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A Film Review: Kullaka

By Mary Peter Bruce “During the 1970s, Bolivia went through many social and political conflicts. At that time several groups, religious and laypeople, went to volunteer in the rural area near La Paz. “They worked as a pastoral team of the Catholic Church in the Bolivian Altiplano. Their services included health, education, communication and special programs for women’s promotion.” (from the Kullaka movie script) In 1974 Maryknoll Father Don Steed invited me to work for Radio San Gabriel, which belonged to his congregation. Five young Aymara women and I entered into a pioneer service in the field of pastoral communication … Continue reading

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Loretto Turns Out for Women’s Rights: A Time for Reflections

                By Lillian Moskeland Families, husbands, co-members and vowed members of Loretto gathered around the nation to stand for women’s rights. Ninety-six years ago, women suffered to gain equality under the law and today that hard-fought battle seems in danger. The young suffer discrimination for being “feminist” from friends who learn to repeat and forget. However, there are young such as Mary Helen Sandoval’s 7-year-old granddaughter who inspires her, and my granddaughter, Sofi Cobb, who encapsulate the feelings of all saying, “I am so glad I came; this was great! I will always … Continue reading

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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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