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Loretto History: Father Nerinckx and Abolitionism

By Loretto Community / March 31, 2014 / 0 Comments

March 27-29, 2014, Barbara Ann Barbato SL and Annie Stevens SL attended the American Catholic Historical Association’s conference at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Annie presented a paper on Father Charles Nerinckx – the Sisters’ founding priest – and his relationship to the abolitionist movement in Kentucky. Because of his own experience as a refugee forced into hiding in Belgium, Nerinckx came to Kentucky determined to help the poor, including slaves and orphans.

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Loretto Earth Network News is Up

By Loretto Community / March 19, 2014 / 0 Comments

The winter issue of Loretto Earth Network News is online! In it, you’ll find a reportback on a Loretto visit to Guatemalan mines, learnings on Midwestern eco-agriculture, and more.

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Interfaith Voices Wins a Wilbur

By Loretto Community / March 18, 2014 / 0 Comments

Congratulations to Interfaith Voices, a public radio show about religion hosted by our own Maureen Fiedler SL, which is a recent recipient of A Wilbur Award. According to its website, the Wilbur Awards “honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes during 2013.”

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Loretto Spotlight: Jane Kosters CoL

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2014 / 0 Comments

It was the most entertaining graduation day event they’d ever been to, said a cluster of sisters who reside at the Denver Loretto Center. They attended Co-member Jane Kosters’ clown school “matriculation” ceremony March 9 in Denver. Each graduating clown performed a skit to introduce his or her new persona. Jane calls herself a “sophisticated hobo clown” taking the name Krinkles “because it rhymes with ‘wrinkles’, and I have many of those!”

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A Global Education at the UN

By Loretto Community / March 7, 2014 / 0 Comments

Next week Loretto at the UN will host 50 students, teachers and Loretto members at the 58th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – its biggest delegation yet! High school girls and boys from Nerinx Hall High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Kansas City Academy and Regis Jesuit High School will convene in New York City for a packed week of events with governments, UN agencies, NGOs and other members of civil society engaged in the global conversation around gender equality.

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Celebrating Rural Women, Part 2

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

The conference room was decorated with many handmade quilts and several posters with information on some Kentucky women. A shortened version of the life stories was made into bookmarks by Sister Sharon Kassing. Joyce Minkler provided pipeline-logo t-shirts which could be purchased and used to promote support for that protest. In the outside hallway, one could also purchase beautiful cards made by Sister Sandra Ardoyno as well as some handmade products created by Barbara Wander to benefit children in Haiti.

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Celebrating Rural Women, Part 1

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

“Great things happen when people collaborate!” Thus Karen Cassidy proclaimed as she shared her reflection on the Energy Vision Statement at the Motherhouse on February 14. This was an evening sponsored by the Loretto Earth Network as part of the Loretto Women’s Network winter gathering. Maureen McCormack and Nancy Wittwer facilitated and Martha Fly led the opening song, “O Beautiful Gaia” by Carolyn McDade.

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I Love Mountains Day 2014

By Loretto Community / February 24, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Molly Butler Interchange Online Loretto rallied among the hundreds of Earth-loving Kentuckians and friends that mobilized on February 12th for the ninth annual “I Love Mountains Day.” It was a chilly afternoon in Frankfort, Kentucky but the sun shone bright as multiple generations of activists from across Appalachia marched from the Kentucky River to…

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A Fruitful Journey to Guatemala

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

In mid-January our Guatemala Sister Community Committee traveled to Guatemala City to meet with our counterpart members of Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family sisters. Mariela Ramirez was not able to participate so Mary Peter Bruce, Maureen Fiedler and Mary Ann McGivern invited Irma Avila, Sally Dunne and Connie Newton to join us.

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Commentary: Interfaith Work Guatemalan Style

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Maureen Fiedler Interchange Online Editor’s Note: In January, six Loretto members traveled to Guatemala to visit our Guatemalan Sister Community. Read a full report of their visit here. Below is a commentary by a trip participant. For me, Guatemala is a land of interfaith discovery and appreciation. The ancient Mayan spiritual tradition – which…

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Loretto Spotlight: Holiday Hospitality in St. Louis

By Loretto Community / December 18, 2013 / 0 Comments

Decadent desserts reigned supreme at the annual Christmas party hosted by Kathy Sullivan and Claudia Calzetta this past weekend at their “Loretto home of hospitality” in St. Louis. Claudia, heralded within the Loretto Community and beyond for her culinary skills, said she loves the challenge of baking. “It gives me an outlet and lets me be creative,” Claudia noted, adding she loves to try new recipes each year. Her 2013 selections, she said, were not hard to make; “they just take time and planning ahead.” Most of the recipes she chose for this year’s delicious desserts came from www.epicurious.com and “Bon Appétit” magazine.

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Loretto Earth Network News is Out

By Loretto Community / December 16, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Loretto Earth Network’s quarterly newsletter is out. In it, you’ll find stories on the Loretto Motherhouse’s anti-pipeline organizing, environmentally conscious, and “the Seed Underground.”

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