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Byron Plumley Busy in Retirement

Posted on December 1, 2016, by Loretto Community

By Byron Plumley

Byron Plumley

Here I am in my 70th year reflecting on my next step after retirement from Regis University, and Loretto is filled with opportunities for involvement. During the last two weeks of October I marked my transition with a 12-day road trip and retreat at the Motherhouse with Elaine Prevallet. The experience blessed me with new insights for my life journey.

Meditation, solitude, listening to my inner voice and trusting the “God energy” will help me see a direction for the future: I am aware that my choices will determine each step of my path. While I explore what I am called to, or what I want to do, I also am aware that there are things that are not mine to do. That is a helpful insight for one who has been an activist involved in many issues.

I assist my dad, who is doing well at 93 and enjoying the Gardens of St. Elizabeth with the support of Pat McCormick. I am also co-guardian for my brother, Barry, who is developmentally disabled. My partner, Shirley Whiteside, works at St. Francis Center, a day shelter for homeless people, and I volunteer there on Tuesdays. I also have responsibilities at the Whiteplum Farm (the large gardens at our home).

My involvement with Loretto includes joyful participation with the dynamic Community Group 4. In January I will have my first meeting with the Loretto Peace and Justice Committee. After many years in the work of social justice and peace-building I hope to contribute through this committee.

One activity I will continue is the Legacy Interview Project. These are interviews with Loretto vowed members to capture the stories of their lives in the Loretto Community and their hopes for the future. The history and commitment is deep and rich.


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