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Johanna Brian SL

Johanna came to Loretto from Colesburg, Ky., which is just over the hill from Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. She attended Bethlehem Academy and Loretto Academy in Kansas City, Mo. She also attended Webster University and St. Louis University. Twenty-six of her 38 years of teaching were spent in El Paso, Texas, where she taught English and religion. For the past 25 years, Johanna has been on the staff at The Healing Place in Louisville, Ky., helping women to recover from alcoholism and drug addictions. She moved to Loretto Motherhouse three years ago and is having a great time participating in all that is going on there.
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Reflection on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / August 28, 2022 /

When I came up this hill at the ripe old age of 18 to give my life to God as I understood what that meant at the time, we had…

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Reflection on the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / June 26, 2022 /
A gravel road leads through a field into a woods.

Today, as we try to adjust to the ongoing presence of Covid, there are many uncertainties. One thing, however, seems to be abundantly clear: People are ready to move on…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Easter

By Johanna Brian SL / April 24, 2022 /

  The readings for today continue our 50-day celebration of Easter.  When I taught English in El Paso, Sister Emmanuel Tonne, who was a master teacher, taught me the ingredients…

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Reflection on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / February 13, 2022 /

A couple of weeks ago, Eleanor Craig introduced me to a treasure trove of books containing theological, pastoral, exegetical and homiletical perspectives on the Sunday readings.  Delving into these books…

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Reflection on the Third Sunday of Advent

By Johanna Brian SL / December 12, 2021 /

Today, on this third Sunday of Advent, we are invited to rejoice!  When I was a novice, our multi-talented Sister Luke taught us how to do calligraphy, and one of…

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Reflection on the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / August 22, 2021 /

Today’s Gospel reminds me of a story I heard some years ago. During WW II when jobs were scarce, a telegraph operator job came open and many people showed up…

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Reflection on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / June 20, 2021 /

When I went to El Paso in 1969 to teach English and religion at Loretto Academy, I was qualified to teach English, but didn’t share Matthew Marie’s optimism that I…

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Reflection on the Second Sunday of Lent

By Johanna Brian SL / February 28, 2021 /

When I was looking for a way to connect our readings for today to events in today’s world, I thought about the movie, “The Poseidon Adventure,”  which came out in…

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Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family

By Johanna Brian SL / December 27, 2020 /

Today is the feast of the Holy Family. The whole world seems to love a good family story and the entertainment industry knows it. “The Godfather,” which introduced us to…

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Reflection on the First Sunday of Advent

By Johanna Brian SL / November 29, 2020 /

Once again, we have arrived at the First Sunday of Advent and the  beginning of a new liturgical year. We’ve been here many times before, and it’s a good time to…

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Reflection on the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / October 18, 2020 /

It’s probably not news to anyone that I had many brothers and sisters and living and coping with that many siblings taught me some important life lessons. One of the…

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Reflection on the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By Johanna Brian SL / August 30, 2020 /

In her book “So Far From Home” published in 2012, Margaret Wheatley said that the human race was on a roller coaster traveling at full speedwithout anyone knowing how to…

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