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7,600 years of service to the people of God

Posted on November 5, 2019, by Marlene Spero SL

As of the end of 2019, the vowed Sisters of Loretto currently living have collectively served in various ministries to the People of God for over 7,600 years. Sisters take first vows in Loretto after a preparation period where they formalize their desire to enter more deeply into consecrated religious life. This formal entry is called a sister’s reception date. That date until the current calendar year represents her years of commitment in religious life and service.

This is what God asks of you, only this: to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

Over the course of Loretto’s 207-year history, service has taken many forms and allows for each individual’s unique gifts and talents. A significant portion of those 7,600 years of service were spent in classroom teaching in various elementary, secondary, college and university settings throughout the United States and abroad. Other works have included ministry to the sick, elderly and disabled, social services, spiritual direction, parish ministry, and a host of other works.

… we strive to bring the healing Spirit of God into our world and we commit ourselves to improving the conditions of those who suffer from injustice, oppression, and deprivation of dignity …

I Am the Way, Loretto’s constitution, article 33
Marlene Spero SL

Marlene Spero SL

Marlene, who in 2019 is celebrating her 60th year as a Sister of Loretto, co-directed and developed a master of arts in teaching program for Webster College in Kansas City, Mo., was a chemistry instructor and program director of humanities and sciences at Loretto Heights College in Denver, and served as bookkeeper and co-coordinator at the Denver Loretto Center and in elected leadership for the Loretto Community. She now resides at Loretto Motherhouse.
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