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JoAnn Gates

JoAnn, a Loretto co-member since 2000, is director of Knobs Haven, the retreat center located on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. She also is a member of the Community's Emerging Forms Committee.
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Roots and branches

By JoAnn Gates / April 1, 2023 /
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The relationship between the roots of a tree and its branches: what an apt metaphor to describe the relationship cultivated within and sometimes among those who retreat at Knobs Haven…

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Imagine a new future

By JoAnn Gates / April 24, 2022 /

By JoAnn Gates CoL and Cathy Mueller SL What lens can we find together to imagine and to work our way into a hopeful, peaceful future? Elaine Prevallet SL Sister…

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Knobs Haven: Renovation of Retreat House Kitchen

By JoAnn Gates / March 26, 2021 /
Sunlight streams into a kitchen with center island

The kitchen in the Knobs Haven house has received a total makeover so that individuals and groups can safely store and easily prepare their own food. This option will enable…

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What is Emerging?

By JoAnn Gates / May 1, 2020 /
Pink and purple butterfly graphic for Interchange What is Emerging?

The truest thing that can be said about Loretto’s Emerging Forms Committee (EFC) is that, since its inception, our understanding of our work has been … well … emerging! And…

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Reflection on Holy Thursday

By JoAnn Gates / April 9, 2020 /
A graphic symbolizing community and connection. A blue and green world graphic with different colored hands surrounding it on a black background.

Introduction by the Rev. Martin Lally CoL This gathering is about two very important aspects of our lives:  gift and community. Holy Thursday celebrates the event of Jesus gathering in…

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Living Vows

By JoAnn Gates / December 1, 2018 /
Two small trees with minimal leaves in a green field next to a pond.

* Knowing our human need for security, I vow ongoing conversion toward rootedness in God. * Knowing our human longing for connection and generativity, I vow ongoing conversion toward a…

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