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A Reflection on Ask the Beasts

By Joy Jensen SL / May 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

A few years ago a juvenile red-tailed hawk was injured while flying into an electrical line. It died of starvation. I searched and found it under a tree. I stroked its beautiful feathers, and cried. I mourned the loss of such a majestic bird. We mourn the loss of our favorite dog or cat. Do…

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First Cycle Non-Emergency Special Needs Grants

By Marlene Spero SL / May 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Many groups in our country and abroad are working hard to help provide needed goods and services for those who live on the margins of society. Each year Loretto sets aside funds to try to help, in some small way, organizations whose mission is to address some of the unmet needs in their communities. During…

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Loretto Heritage Center Staff Hang Together Through Thick and Thin!

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Curator Susanna Pyatt, Archivist Ayla Toussaint and I laugh as we inspect the space beneath our building; above the crawl space, Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin enjoys the less dusty pleasures of relocating boxes on our new movable shelves. Welcoming new team members We welcomed Ayla to our team in early March. She just completed…

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

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

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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Loretto Active at #CSW63

By Beth Blissman CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Loretto at the UN was so grateful to be able to host more than 30 Loretto/BVM students, teachers, volunteers and guests for the UN’s 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019. As a functional commission of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CSW was established by council resolution 11(II)…

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Sharing My El Paso Experience

By Vivian Doremus CoL / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Recently I returned from volunteer work helping immigrant families at the El Paso/Juarez border. I wish to share the remarkable story unfolding there. I had been reading accounts in Interchange of the dramatic needs at Annunciation House. These stories moved me to begin sending shipments of clothing and toiletries to assist immigrants arriving after arduous…

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Mary Helen Sandoval Receives Recognition for Service

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Recently, Mary Helen Sandoval received stellar recognition for her tireless efforts with Colorado High School Charter (CHSC). Mary Helen  has served on the Board of Colorado High School Charter for 15 years. In 1994 her dear friend, Cyndi Bush Luna, founded CHSC with the mission of creating a pathway for students who had dropped out…

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Nerinx Hall Dedicates Remodeled Library to Barbara Roche

By Donna Day SL / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

“The library of the 21st century is active, social, contextual and engaging.” – Dean of University Libraries Laura O. Reim March 7, 2019, marked a historic day in the life of Nerinx Hall High School, St. Louis. The school honored past President Barbara Roche by dedicating the newly remodeled Nerinx library to her in gratitude…

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Welcome New Loretto Co-Member Earna Volk!

By Lisa Reynolds CoL / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Welcome to Earna Volk, our newest co-member! Earna was accepted as a co-member March 17. She lives in Lebanon, Ky., and works at the Loretto Motherhouse as the receptionist. She is involved in numerous activities at the Motherhouse and is always available to lend a hand to any and all Community members and visitors. Earna …

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Easter Blessings from the Loretto Community!

By Loretto Community / April 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

“This is the day the Lord has made,Let us rejoice and be glad!” (Ps. 117)

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Meet Keithlee Spangler: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Washington, D.C.

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Loretto Volunteer Program recently hired an assistant Volunteer coordinator in Washington, D.C. Meet Keithlee Spangler! Keithlee (pronouns: they/them/theirs) grew up in St. Louis but has settled in the D.C. area to live in intentional community. After living in four different cities in three years, they relocated to D.C. to work as an advocate on…

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Loretto Back at the Border in 2019

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Mary Jean Friel and Mary Helen Sandoval The Latin America/Caribbean Committee sponsored a trip to the Mexican border at Nogales, Mexico. We led the excursion. Due to the strong support of the administrative team of St. Mary’s Academy (SMA), six staff members were able to participate, and the Loretto Volunteer Program sponsored two women.…

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