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Father Nerinckx’s Kneecap and Other Relics

By Loretto Heritage Center / November 1, 2019 /

By Susanna Pyatt1 When I and the other staff at the Heritage Center opened a trunk said to be full of old chalices in November last year, we little expected…

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Loretto Welcomes Leslee Moore

By Maureen O'Connell SL / November 1, 2019 /
Two women with white hair smiling while one applauds while talking into a microphone on a podium at an indoor venue with white brick walls.

“‘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…

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Ruth Fitzpatrick Celebrates 25 Years as a Loretto Co-member

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2019 /
A black and white picture of a large crowd of people focusing on one woman in particular with large round glasses holding a piece of paper and microphone while speaking passionately.

(Editor’s Note: Information from Mary Hunt, friend of Loretto, and from Ruth’s son, John Fitzpatrick, via Jeannine Gramick) Mary Hunt writes, “Ruth McDonough Fitzpatrick made a signal contribution through her…

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Bernheim Forest Is Endangered

By Wren Smith CoL / November 1, 2019 /
A large leafy tree changes colors in fall in a green forest.

“Loved places become our heart’s geography.”  — Whitney Wurzel former Bernheim Education Director Many of you know that I have worked at Bernheim Forest for almost 20 years. What you may…

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Mary Swain’s Letter Writing Campaign To Block LG&E’s Natural Gas Pipeline

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2019 /
A woman with white hair and oval glasses smiling while sitting at an oak wood desk and writing a letter on lined paper on top of a bright pink folder. She is wearing a short-sleeved, white, collared, button up shirt and patterned bottoms and the oak desk she is sitting at is indoors.

Last spring Mary Swain received a call for help from an organizer from Cedar Grove in Bullitt County, Ky., north of Nelson and adjoining Jefferson County. The utility company LG&E…

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Khush Amdeed! Welcome!

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 1, 2019 /
Five women wearing headscarves standing together in a line holding candles while looking towards the camera. They are standing in a room with white walls, a large dark book shelf, and bright blue curtains covering a window.

Khush Amdeed! Welcome! These words spoken by Barbara Nicholas began a meaningful prayer service that welcomed four eager and confident women to Loretto’s first Come and See program — the…

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Emerging Forms Committee Asks, ‘What is Emerging?’

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2019 /
Pink and purple butterfly graphic for Interchange What is Emerging?

(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…

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Intentional Community: An Authentic Sign of Hope (Proposal 10)

By Jean East CoL / November 1, 2019 /
Two women, Beth Blissman and Jean East, smiling brightly for a picture together indoors in front of a plain white wall. One woman has short white hair and a pink shirt, the other woman has short dark grey hair and a dark purple shirt, both of them are wearing reading glasses.

 A conference in Hudson, N.Y., provided signs of hope through the topic “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” Beth Blissman and I attended the conference this past July. The conference…

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Mary Ann McGivern Retires — Not So Fast!

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2019 /
A woman with short brown hair, wearing a pink blouse with a yellow sticker on it, smiling for a headshot picture indoors.

Interchange never sleeps.” This was always Mary Ann McGivern’s motto as an Interchange editor. Many Loretto members heard that statement from Mary Ann, along with, “Why don’t you write it…

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Bonjour Delayed

By Mary Louise Denny SL / November 1, 2019 /
A group picture indoors of three tall men with dark skin complexions, and two shorter women with lighter skin complexions.

1973, Saigon, Vietnam, New Haven Nursery  A newborn, male, was dropped off at New Haven Nursery. Susan Carol McDonald was the director/nurse at New Haven. She logged the baby into…

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Teaching English at the Belga School in Guatemala City, Guatemala

By Kathy Wright SL / November 1, 2019 /
A woman smiling brightly with a large group of young children outdoors.

For three weeks this past July I worked with the seven English teachers at the Belga School in Guatemala City, taught some of the English classes and helped the faculty…

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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…

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