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Delegation to Venezuela: Sowing Food Sovereignty

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2016 /
15 women smiling together for a group picture indoors.

By Rox Monterastelli(Editor’s Note: Rox Monterastelli participated in the Task Force on the Americas delegation to meet women confronting economic war by empowering a nation. She offers us a mini…

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Forging Peace Along with Garden Tools

By Patricia Geier CoL / July 1, 2016 /

Zealous NRA members held their 2016 annual convention in Louisville on May 21, spurring into action hundreds of engaged Louisville citizens. We are seeking an alternative to the gun- crazed…

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Loretto Hunger Fund Helps Support Jemez Springs, N.M., Organizations

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2016 /
Two women with short grey hair smiling brightly for a picture together on an outdoor balcony with big green trees behind them.

By Sharon Palma Jemez Helping Hands and Jemez Springs Presbyterian Church in the Jemez Springs, N.M., area have been recipients of the Loretto Hunger Fund for several years. The population…

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Loretto Class of 1966 Celebrates 50 Years

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2016 /
7 women smiling together for a group picture while sitting at a dining table indoors.

By Sue Charmley In 1966, 50 years ago, two groups of postulants were received into Loretto’s novitiate. Half of the class had lived in the St. Louis House of Studies…

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Connie Newton Celebrates 25 Years in Loretto

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2016 /
A woman with short grey hair smiling brightly for a portrait picture outdoors while she sits on stone stairs.

By Connie Newton In truth, home is where the heart is. That’s Loretto for me …and the Community has many beautiful mobile homes. Because Jesus said something like, “Whoever loves…

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Kim Klein Publishes New Edition

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / July 1, 2016 /
A woman with short brown hair wearing a blue graphic t-shirt and black-framed glasses smiling outdoors while holding a book in her hands to display it to the camera.

Co-member and veteran fund raiser Kim Klein has just published the seventh edition of her classic book, Fundraising for Social Change. For more than 30 years, Fundraising for Social Change…

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Loretto Legacy in Pakistan

By Loretto Community / June 2, 2016 /
Three women wearing white outfits distributing water bottles to young students wearing blue school uniforms. They are outdoors in a shaded area on a sunny day. One woman wearing white is shaking a student's hand as he says thank you.

Legacy, from its Latin origins, means “to do good,” or, in the Middle English, “a body of persons sent on a mission.” Certainly our Sisters of Loretto in Pakistan bestowed…

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Loretto Academy Celebrates the Renovation of St. Joseph Chapel

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2016 /
A newly renovated St. Joseph Chapel

By Katie MartinezPhotos by Ale Saldana A beautiful homily was given at the April 25 dedication Mass by Loretto Academy Chaplain Father Ed Roden-Lucero at the April 25 chapel dedication…

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El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame Honors Helen Santamaria

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2016 /
Three women smiling together for a group picture indoors while two of them hold a Hall of Fame plaque together.

(Editor’s Note: Information excerpted from the nomination forms completed by Jo Soto) “Since her teens Helen Santamaria has dedicated her life as a member of the Loretto Community to her…

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Mandalas: A Creative Way to Meditate

By Lillian Moskeland CoL / June 1, 2016 /
A woman with short brown hair and round wire-framed glasses smiling for a picture while drawing a mandala indoors.

Sharon Kassing doesn’t set out to draw a specific mandala. Instead the mandala (pronounced mən-də-lə) draws itself, coming to her line by line. Beginning about 18 months ago, Sharon wanted…

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April 3 Celebration of Co-membership Gift to Jessie, Loretto

By Martha Crawley CoL / June 1, 2016 /
A woman with red hair is pictured candidly while speaking into a microphone at an indoor event.

The following quote from “A Meditation on Community” by Henri Nouwen is on the inside page of Jessie Rathburn’s celebration program. I did not notice it well until I paused…

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Jubilarians Reflect on Their Loretto Lives

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2016 /
Two women with short grey hair, wearing dress clothes and white rose and ribbon boutonnières smiling brightly together while sitting and enjoying a meal at a table.

By Cecily Jones Two diamond jubilarians, Virginia Ann (V.A.) Driscoll and Theresa Louise Wiseman, were joined by two golden jubilarians, Marie Ego and Sue Charmley (anticipating their May 29 anniversary),…

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