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Martha Alderson CoL

Martha Alderson has been a Loretto Co-member since 1984. She is retired from the publishing industry and more recently from being on the Loretto Community staff. She served one term on the first Community Forum. At the present she is on the Special Needs Committee and the Motherhouse Coordinating Board. She does the occasional proofreading and editing of Loretto publications.
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Cecily Jones: a poet for today

By Martha Alderson CoL / June 12, 2020 /
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The Porch of Possibility, Vol. II, by Cecily Jones SL (1924–2017), is available for purchase. The book, published in 2018, includes 33 poems, most com-posed after Vol. I was published in 2013, but there are a few older poems that were found among Cecily’s private papers. Below is an excerpt from the collection’s title poem. “The…

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Remembrance of the Life of Anne Spillane CoL

By Martha Alderson CoL / April 23, 2020 /

Anne Catherine Spillane (known as Nancy by her family) was a bright light wherever she was. It was often said that she was “everyone’s best friend,” so well did she fulfill that role. Known as Sister Lucian, from 1947 to 1971, she served Loretto in many capacities — teacher at Mary Queen of Peace in…

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Mary Ann McGivern Retires — Not So Fast!

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2019 /

Interchange never sleeps.” This was always Mary Ann McGivern’s motto as an Interchange editor. Many Loretto members heard that statement from Mary Ann, along with, “Why don’t you write it up? Readers will want to know the details.” She also often pointed out that Interchange is contributor-driven, meaning that it could not exist without contributions…

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Donna Doyle Chats About Her 25 Years as a Loretto Co-member

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 1, 2019 /

(Editor’s Note: Material obtained from telephone conversation between Martha Alderson and Donna Doyle) Born in Mobile, Ala., Donna Doyle still has Mobile in her speech pattern after all these years. She began teaching at age 18, as she says knowing nothing about doing so but armed with stories from Sister Imelda. She had 54 fourth…

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Loretto’s Infirmary Is Above Average — As We Know!

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 2, 2019 /

It is not a surprise that the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary received an above average rating in nursing homes in Kentucky and, in fact, in the nation. Loretto members, staff and Motherhouse residents know that the Infirmary operates in an excellent manner under the capable direction of Michelle Essex, the Infirmary administrator. Year after year the…

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Group Honors Mary Catherine Rabbitt for Leading by Example

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2018 /

As reported in the September issue of Interchange, Mary Catherine Rabbitt received the John J. Campbell Award for her work with Colorado Elder Law. The award ceremony was at Vail, Colo., on Aug. 24. It is impressive, not only that Mary Catherine has this award but also that she is the first recipient. The award…

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Loretto Supports Immigrants, Refugees Through Special Needs Grant Fund

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 1, 2018 /

The needs of immigrants and refugees are dire, especially in this political and social atmosphere. The Loretto Community generously set aside a grant fund of $75,000 to use this year expressly for immigrant and refugee services. The maximum given to each applicant was $5,000. Fifteen groups received money. As of July 22, all of the…

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Remembering Cecily: A Reflection

By Martha Alderson CoL / September 1, 2017 /

Cecily (Peggy mostly, to me) was so many qualities I admired and such support to me that it would take much too much time and space to elaborate. Nevertheless, I find there are two special qualities I want to remind us of. First, Cecily was ever the political activist, always working for justice. She called…

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