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Peter Urban Celebrates 90 Years!

By Ruth Routten CoL / October 1, 2019 /
Four women standing and smiling surrounding a man in a wheelchair for a group picture. They are all wearing dress clothes, it is the man in the center's 90th birthday.

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…

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Loretto’s Shortest Mission

By Loretto Heritage Center / September 18, 2019 /
Belen, NM Flour mill in 1904. Horses, carts and workers in front of the mill.

By Ayla Toussaint The first part of this blog post was written for us by Loretto’s second archivist, Sister Matilda Barrett!  Found in the archives vault, this short chapter recounts…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Patricia Jean (PJ) Manion SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / September 12, 2019 /
A woman with short, white hair and round, wire glasses smiling brightly for a headshot picture wearing a purple turtleneck, and a salmon colored sweater outdoors.

This remembrance is just a little bit shorter than PJ’s long life. I could blame the length on PJ, who insisted on living life to the full. I certainly did…

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Mission Activities Team Shares Challenges and Aligns Goals

By Eileen Harrington CoL / September 1, 2019 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for ..." Art by Bob Strobridge.

The Loretto Mission Activities Team represents the Community committees, networks and some offices. They met at the Motherhouse to share their work and develop strategies to do it better. They…

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Denise Ann Clifford’s Journey – from Teacher/Administrator to Community Life Coordinator

By Vicki Schwartz SL / September 1, 2019 /

“I’ve loved ‘learning the art’ of fundraising and connecting with our many generous friends and supporters,” says Denise Ann Clifford, as she completes 23 years as Loretto’s Director of Development…

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Link Considers Structure and Spirituality

By Martha Crawley CoL / September 1, 2019 /
Black and white Loretto Link logo. Three large trees intertwined at the roots and branches. Around the logo is circular text: Loretto Link Forever Connected Past Present Future

Mary Ann McGivern opened the first day of the August Loretto Link gathering relating a story from her novitiate days that taught her that solemn times can include the delight…

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Holy Family Holds Elections

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2019 /

Dema Alfaro, Lucina Mansilla, Dora Garcia and Albina Gaspar were elected to the Holy Family General Council. Loretto sends its prayers and congratulations to these fine women.

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Retreat Centers and Transformational Change

By Susan Classen CoL / September 1, 2019 /
A large group photo of diverse individuals standing outdoors in front of large green trees.

How do retreat centers support transformational change? I was among the diverse group of retreat center directors and social movement leaders invited to discuss that question during a three-day meeting…

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Paulette Peterson ‘Finally’ Celebrates a Jubilee

By Cathy Mueller SL / September 1, 2019 /
A woman, Paulette Peterson, with long curly brown hair and big earrings wearing a blue collared shirt smiling brightly for a headshot picture with a plain green background.

Paulette Peterson’s description of her time with Loretto is one of invitation. As a student at Webster College, she was invited by Therese Stawowy to live at Mullanphy House where…

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Loretto Celebrates Earna Volk’s Co-Membership Commitment

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / September 1, 2019 /
Three women conversing at a wooden podium with a microphone indoors in front of a white brick wall. They are exchanging papers in hand too.

The sunshine-yellow of a large field of mustard plants was the flowing theme of the co-membership commitment ceremony of Earna Rae Volk on June 15.  “As soon as I heard…

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Erica Stewart Joins the Volunteer Coordinator Team

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2019 /
A woman, Erica Stewart, with long brown hair, black-framed glasses, and a bright orange rain coat smiling brightly while crouching down next to her black lab dog on a walk in front of a big body of water on a gloomy autumn day.

Meet Erica Stewart, our new Assistant Loretto Volunteer Coordinator in Denver! Erica’s pronouns are she/her. She recently moved to Colorado and is thrilled to start a new adventure accompanying Loretto Volunteers…

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Loretto Sisters Host Discernment Retreat in Lahore

By Nasreen Daniel SL / September 1, 2019 /
Nine women sitting together enjoying a meal at cafeteria-style benches and tables indoors on a sunny day.

Six young women from outside Lahore and ten teachers from our school joined the Loretto sisters for a three-day discernment retreat. The first day began with these questions: Why am…

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