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Pentecost Reflection

By Loretto Community / June 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019Reflection from the Loretto Earth Network We read in Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.…

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Unraveling the Background of Victoria Whitehair’s Sampler

By Loretto Community / June 6, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Susanna Pyatt One of my favorite objects in the Loretto Heritage Center collections is an embroidery sampler signed “Victoria Whitehair, Osage Mission, 1859.” Victoria stitched the English alphabet five times in different styles on a linen background, interspersing her lines with decorative patterns. She joined other female students across Europe and America in creating…

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Regis Awards Lydia Peña Honorary Doctorate

By Loretto Community / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

(Editor’s Note: Below are the Rev. John Fitzgibbons’s commencement remarks.) In rare occasions, the Regis University Board of Trustees authorizes the awarding of honorary degrees to individuals who have led lives of distinguished service and professional achievement. Today, we honor someone whose tireless dedication to her life’s work — as an educator, author, artist and…

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Nerinx Alum, Skype Enable Conversations With Pakistan

By Helen Santamaria SL / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

 “I thought that it was so awesome that a Sister of Loretto from Pakistan was speaking at my school!” That was Nerinx Hall senior Sarah Ruttencutter’s opening response to how she got involved with the Loretto Mission in Pakistan. Nasreen Daniel’s presentation so inspired Sarah that she initiated conversation in her Christian Life Commitment class…

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Loretto Motherhouse Celebrates Julie Popham’s Co-membership

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

We could have had a complaint about the overcast sky, but we were distracted by the spectator show nature was providing for the day of celebration. The delicate green leaves coming awake on the trees lining the side of our church watched through the windows as the hour Julie Popham’s co-membership event slowly unfolded. The…

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Loretto Welcomes Commitment of New Co-Member Molly Kammien

By Vivian Doremus CoL / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Community Group 21 gathered on April 13 to affirm Molly Kammien as she joyously promised to live as a co-member of Loretto, agreeing to support other Community members in realizing God’s peace on earth while continuing to create a community of faith, hope and love. Family, friends, surprise guest add to celebration The Community Group…

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Lydia Peña’s Commencement Address Shares Words for Daily Living

By Lydia Peña SL / June 3, 2019 / 0 Comments

Thank you Father Fitzbibbons and all gathered here today. I am humbled that Regis has recognized me with an honorary doctorate. Like so many things in my life, this is a gift I will cherish always. Coming from Regis University, where I have spent so much of my life, it means even more. Thank you…

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Five weeks at the shelter

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

‘. . . one of the volunteers told me if I wanted to see the face of God and the suffering Jesus, this was the place to be.’ Claudia Calzetta SL Immigrants were assigned two families to a room at the La Quinta motel where Alicia Ramirez SL volunteered upon her arrival in El Paso…

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Loretto helps provide respite for weary travelers

By Mary E. (Buffy) Boesen SL / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

In early October 2018, the number of asylum seekers coming into El Paso began increasing dramatically. Annunciation House needed more volunteers to assist with serving these people. Sisters from many religious communities began coming and needed housing. After the convent closed and rooms were converted to offices, there were still 14 rooms that were saved…

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Loretto Academy 2019

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

…my amazing journey I am strong enough I am smart enough Success after success: Loretto’s robotics team thrives By Pilar Gonzalez CoL, FIRST team coach Three years ago, we opened our brand new FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team. The program has been very fulfilling for all the girls, coaches, mentors and sponsors. Since we started…

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Deus providebit: Loretto’s Legacy in Texas

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Christina Manweller We were met in El Paso by two sisters in a canvassed-top spring wagon. The driver looked like he had never known soap, water, or a comb. Finally we reached San Elizario after dark the same evening. When daylight dawned upon us, really my impressions were not very encouraging, as it seemed…

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A grateful heart

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

“I’ve been given so much. Whatever I am able to return, I am grateful for the opportunity to do it.” Mary Margaret Murphy SL, Loretto’s new Vice President, laughs as she recalls some of her Machebeuf High School friends talking about entering religious life. Back then, her retort was “Thank you, God. That’s not for…

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