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Emerging Forms Committee Asks, ‘What is Emerging?’

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2019 /

(Editor’s Note:  Reflections from the Emerging Forms Committee)  A question people often ask and wonder about is, “What is really meant by evolutionary consciousness?” We invite you to ponder with us as we reflect on what a few mystics have to say. Teilhard de Chardin speculated that all of nature has two principal dimensions —…

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Loretto Welcomes Leslee Moore

By Maureen O'Connell SL / November 1, 2019 /

“‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free;  ‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be. And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.” Leslee Moore’s choice of this old Shaker hymn to open the celebration of…

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Loretto, as Part of LCWR Region 13 Leadership, Calls for Recognition of Migrant Family Separation as a Pro-life Issue

By Loretto Community / October 31, 2019 /
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September 25, 2019 We appeal to people who value the dignity of all human life to recognize that the separation of young migrant children from their parents is a significant pro-life issue in our country today. At an age when they should be full of energy and vibrancy, these boys and girls are experiencing the…

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

By Loretto Community / October 25, 2019 /

Congratulations to Webster 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. 2019…

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Remembrance of the Life of Robert Riggs CoL

By Loretto Community / October 22, 2019 /

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places so that you may know that it is I the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.”   Is. 45:3 Robert Riggs knew this Scripture well because he found treasures of darkness hidden in his life and in secret places…

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Connections Across Time and Place

By Cathy Mueller SL / October 1, 2019 /

This past May when I attended the meeting of the Union of International Superiors General (UISG) in Rome, I was at the table with Claire Sykes, a Faithful Companion of Jesus (FCJ) sister from London. She asked me if there was a connection between John Nerinckx, who was significant in their community’s history, and Charles…

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Peter Urban Celebrates 90 Years!

By Ruth Routten CoL / October 1, 2019 /

At Peter Urban’s 90th birthday party, Loretto members and many Latino folks celebrated. A Mariachi band played to the delight of Father Peter. The St. Anthony parishioners prepared an extensive dinner for all. A Sister of Sorrows, Madre Mariana Bustillos from Juarez, Mexico, came especially to celebrate Peter’s 90th. 

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Loretto Showers Volunteers with Necessities, Creative Gifts

By Claudia Calzetta SL / October 1, 2019 /

If you walked into any of the Loretto Volunteer gatherings in St. Louis, Denver or El Paso on Aug. 18 for the annual shower, you would have felt palpable energy, heard cheerful and sustained laughter and seen myriad wrapped multi-colored boxes and even some uniquely wrapped ecological gifts from the Denver Community. Showers: Community-building events…

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Loretto Makes Progress on Raising Wages

By Alice Kitchen / October 1, 2019 /

As a follow up to our Assembly Proposal 7 to raise the wages of our employees, our Community Group 16 decided to take the next step.  First, we celebrated the fact that Loretto leadership acted on our Assembly proposal and approved raises in the 2019 budget for $1.50 an hour across the board and a…

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Co-member Lillian Moskeland Celebrates Silver Jubilee

By Mary Peter Bruce SL / October 1, 2019 /

Twenty-five years ago Lillian Bruce Moskeland decided to become part of the Loretto family. She and I then had one more life adventure to add to our ever-growing friendship and sisterhood. Lillian was 9 years old when I left for the novitiate, and yet we became very good friends over the years. Every time I visited from Bolivia, she…

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Loretto Link Thanks Transition Board, Elects New Board at August Gathering

By Martha Crawley CoL / October 1, 2019 /

One of the first orders of business of the Loretto Link gathering was to applaud the outgoing transitional board:  Libby Comeaux, Eileen Custy, Sally Dunne, Kim Klein, Karen Knoll, Anna Koop, Maureen O’Connell and Paulette Peterson.  They took to the task with a traditional Loretto pioneer spirit and got Link underway with no “how to”…

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Donna Doyle Chats About Her 25 Years as a Loretto Co-member

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 1, 2019 /

(Editor’s Note: Material obtained from telephone conversation between Martha Alderson and Donna Doyle) Born in Mobile, Ala., Donna Doyle still has Mobile in her speech pattern after all these years. She began teaching at age 18, as she says knowing nothing about doing so but armed with stories from Sister Imelda. She had 54 fourth…

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