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Loretto Chooses Love

By Loretto Community / February 9, 2020 /
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“Love one another, have only one heart, one soul, one mind,” reads a line from the Morning Manna once recited by Loretto sisters at the end of Mass. Now all Loretto Community members carry this loving call deep in their hearts.   Loretto responds to the power of love from God by saying yes to the…

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Be A Loretto Volunteer!

By Loretto Community / February 2, 2020 /
Three Loretto Volunteers standing with arms around each others' shoulders

Loretto Volunteers extend the Loretto Community’s outreach to those most in need through their service at immigrant and refugee advocacy organizations, health clinics, shelters for folks experiencing homelessness, food pantries, Loretto schools and many more sites. While serving for one-year terms, volunteers live in community with each other and receive a subsistence stipend that covers…

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Organizations Receive Non-Emergency Loretto Special Needs Grants

By Marlene Spero SL / February 1, 2020 /

The Loretto Special Needs Committee has concluded its 2019 distribution of funds for long-range social change projects. Grants are solicited twice a calendar year, on Feb. 15 and Oct. 15, with the committee meeting in March and November to analyze and evaluate each request and recommend funding according to grant guidelines. Combining both the February…

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Leslee Moore Joins Interchange Editorial Staff

By Leslee Moore CoL / February 1, 2020 /

Words have been a part of my life since long before I could read them. My parents were avid readers, and their love of the written word seems to be part of my genetic code. Looking back, the only summer of my childhood which I can recall in its entirety is the summer between, I think, fourth…

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Your Presence Gives Me Untold Joy

By Claudia Calzetta SL / February 1, 2020 /

When I sat down to write this article, I just couldn’t decide how to begin. There are so many “themes” that can be expanded about Roberta’s latest experience with jaw cancer. Shall I talk about the courage she exhibited before the surgery and then after? Or maybe speak about her upbeat and positive spirit, her…

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What Is Emerging?

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2020 /

By Mary Ellen McElroy and Cathy Mueller In the December 2019 issue of Interchange the Emerging Forms Committee invited us to enter into that deeper state of consciousness so that we begin to see with the eyes of our hearts what the future is calling us to be. During these two winter months we invite…

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Money and Justice/Just Money

By Martha Crawley CoL / February 1, 2020 /
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About 20 Loretto Community members and friends met Nov. 9, 2019, with Joel Koerner and Andy Loving from a Louisville, Ky., investment firm called Just Money. We had learned about this socially responsible company from Loretto friends in Kentucky who are their clients. After the 2015 Loretto Assembly decision to divest congregation funds from the…

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Loretto Academy Leads Its Students To Be Global Citizens

By Pilar Gonzalez CoL / February 1, 2020 /

Patty Herrera, Theresa Crow,  Teresa Franco and I from the El Paso Loretto Academy elementary, middle, and high schools trained Oct. 1-2, 2019, as teacher trainers for Encounter, a new and exciting program initiated by the El Paso Diocesan schools. The training was presented by ArtEdu, an educational consultant firm based in Switzerland and Mexico.…

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New Loretto Volunteer Coordinator in Denver is Stephanie Kaufman

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2020 /

Stephanie recently moved to the Denver area from Louisville, where she spent most of her formative years. Her path to the Loretto Community began when she was co-director of CrossRoads Ministry, an urban retreat center in Louisville. She visited the Loretto Motherhouse on retreat and was instantly captivated by the sisters and by the spirit…

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Loretto Welcomes Amanda Mattingly

By Amanda Mattingly / February 1, 2020 /

My name is Amanda Mattingly, and I am the new Volunteer Director for the Loretto Motherhouse and Infirmary. I am a local, having grown up in Springfield, Ky., and now residing in Bardstown, Ky. All of my family call the tri-county area (Marion, Washington and Nelson counties) home. My family is blessed to own a…

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2020 An Important Year for Loretto at the UN

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2020 /

Beth Blissman reports that Loretto at the UN wrapped up 2019 by welcoming Sister Mary Akuoku FST from Ghana for a brief, yet enjoyable visit. The United Nations turned 75 in 2020, and this year also is the 25th anniversary of the fourth World Conference on Women. 2020 also is the 20th anniversary of U.N.…

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Loretto Stands with Immigrants and Refugees

By Loretto Community / January 26, 2020 /

Loretto stands with immigrants. We welcome those seeking refuge crossing our southern border from Mexico and deplore current U.S. policies that shun our beloved neighbors to the south and elsewhere who are in grave need. The economic exploitation and military destruction of the world’s precious resources in the regions that are home to the world’s…

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