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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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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Pancratia Hall on Loretto Heights College campus becomes apartment housing By Mary Nelle Gage SL Pancratia Hall, former dormitory and classroom building on the historic Loretto Heights College campus, built in 1929, will be transformed to create 65 affordable family apartments with adjacent courtyard. Some Loretto Heights alumnae, Sisters and Co-members toured Pan Hall in…

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A Reflection on Ask the Beasts

By Joy Jensen SL / May 8, 2019 / 1 Comment

A few years ago a juvenile red-tailed hawk was injured while flying into an electrical line. It died of starvation. I searched and found it under a tree. I stroked its beautiful feathers, and cried. I mourned the loss of such a majestic bird. We mourn the loss of our favorite dog or cat. Do…

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First Cycle Non-Emergency Special Needs Grants

By Marlene Spero SL / May 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Many groups in our country and abroad are working hard to help provide needed goods and services for those who live on the margins of society. Each year Loretto sets aside funds to try to help, in some small way, organizations whose mission is to address some of the unmet needs in their communities. During…

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Loretto Heritage Center Staff Hang Together Through Thick and Thin!

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Curator Susanna Pyatt, Archivist Ayla Toussaint and I laugh as we inspect the space beneath our building; above the crawl space, Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin enjoys the less dusty pleasures of relocating boxes on our new movable shelves. Welcoming new team members We welcomed Ayla to our team in early March. She just completed…

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Loretto’s Infirmary Is Above Average — As We Know!

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

It is not a surprise that the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary received an above average rating in nursing homes in Kentucky and, in fact, in the nation. Loretto members, staff and Motherhouse residents know that the Infirmary operates in an excellent manner under the capable direction of Michelle Essex, the Infirmary administrator. Year after year the…

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Loretto Active at #CSW63

By Beth Blissman CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Loretto at the UN was so grateful to be able to host more than 30 Loretto/BVM students, teachers, volunteers and guests for the UN’s 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2019. As a functional commission of the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CSW was established by council resolution 11(II)…

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Sharing My El Paso Experience

By Vivian Doremus CoL / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Recently I returned from volunteer work helping immigrant families at the El Paso/Juarez border. I wish to share the remarkable story unfolding there. I had been reading accounts in Interchange of the dramatic needs at Annunciation House. These stories moved me to begin sending shipments of clothing and toiletries to assist immigrants arriving after arduous…

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Mary Helen Sandoval Receives Recognition for Service

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Recently, Mary Helen Sandoval received stellar recognition for her tireless efforts with Colorado High School Charter (CHSC). Mary Helen  has served on the Board of Colorado High School Charter for 15 years. In 1994 her dear friend, Cyndi Bush Luna, founded CHSC with the mission of creating a pathway for students who had dropped out…

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