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It’s a Banner Year for Webster University in St. Louis

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

Congratulations to Webster University for its best ranking ever in the 2020 US News and World Report Best Colleges. Out of all Missouri institutions in the Midwest University category, Webster was ranked first in St. Louis and third in the state. Many Loretto members know from experience the excellent academic success students achieve at Webster.…

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Webster University Honors Jane Peckham Stoever with the Loretto Award

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

The Loretto Award recognizes an alum of Webster University who carries on the community service and social values of the Sisters of Loretto, who founded the university in 1915. Jane Peckham Stoever is this year’s Loretto Award winner. Jane was a Sister of Loretto for 10 years. She taught English in Loretto schools and was…

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What’s Happening on the Nerinx Campus?

By Annie Stevens SL / December 2, 2019 /

Since the last residents of the St. Louis Loretto Center moved in 2017 and the property was sold to Nerinx Hall, many people have asked, “What’s happening on the Nerinx campus?” Over the past year, as plans for demolition of the Center building were completed, the Nerinx Board of Directors engaged in strategic planning for…

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Women of the Church Conference Evokes Tears, Affirmation and Encouragement

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

We attended the Women of the Church Conference, which took place Oct. 18-20 at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind. It was a full weekend with liturgy, keynote speakers, a panel, 13 breakout sessions and Saturday evening Mass, banquet and concert. There were 150 participants, including young women and men who know the Church…

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Loretto Ministry Grants Committee Announces Fall Grants

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

At Assembly 2018, Loretto approved a resolution making “$100,000 … available … in 2019 and again in 2020 and 2021 for access by Loretto Community members, vowed and co, to support their work that furthers Loretto’s mission.”  The Loretto Ministry Grants Committee decided to hold two rounds of applications for these funds in 2019, one…

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Experiencing the Stories: Learning History That Makes Loretto Unique

By Ayla Toussaint / December 2, 2019 /

When I was hired straight out of graduate school as the Loretto Heritage Center archivist, I was ecstatic. As an archivist, my job revolves around saving stories and preserving them for future generations. To do this, archivists collect administrative papers, photographs, personal diaries and writings and a host of other documents.  Women’s history has been…

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Forward, Forward Loretto

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 2, 2019 /

“Forward, Forward Loretto. Hold the torch ever firm in your hand. Let the rays of its light lead you onward.  Spreading courage and hope through the land. Thy shining fame has enrolled thy name. With the brightest of all our lights, long may you stand, so proud and grand, our own Loretto Heights.” These verses…

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What is Emerging?

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

Advent provides for us the opportunity to reflect and pray about our role as Mothers of God in our world today and in the future. We often get caught in the old paradigm of how things are done and what our role is, and we totally miss the newness, the unexpected that the Universe is…

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Advent Reflections 2019 – 12/1/2019

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2019 /

Week One: Called to Restore! Here we are called to hope in the vision of God for the future. We need to go through this time together…. called to the discipleship of Jesus, called to be sacraments of the presence of God in our world. Action: Simple hospitality is identified as a seed of hope.…

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Loretto Earth Network News – Winter 2019

By Loretto Community / November 27, 2019 /
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Action Alert – Loretto Stands with the Dreamers

By Loretto Community / November 13, 2019 /

On Nov. 12 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  A large contingent from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Justice for Immigrants, many denominations and other advocates for immigration justice rallied and prayed at the Court. Now it’s time for us…

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On the grounds: Motherhouse missives from Anndavid Naeger SL

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / November 8, 2019 /

Some months after my arrival at the Motherhouse in 2002, Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius, who was the Motherhouse Service Coordinator, asked me to write about the many events which take place here, much like the annals which each convent used to keep. I decided to record the present happenings and end the monthly piece with…

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