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Interchange Online

JoAnn Gates, Susan Classen Make Vows to God and Loretto

By Eleanor Craig JoAnn Gates and Susan Classen celebrated their vows to God in the Loretto Community at Loretto Motherhouse Nov. 4. The celebration lasted all day, incorporating elements intimately warm and solemn, familiar and fresh. It was Loretto doing something entirely new, yet the whole day embodied a deep continuity with Charles Nerinckx’s open-ended mandate to Loretto to “provide any spiritual or corporal service that might be needed.” The day set aside for the vows dawned late, grey and chill — a typical early November day in Kentucky. At 9 a.m. we gathered in the Motherhouse church, a setting … Continue reading

Letters, Sign-On Letters and Petitions: Two Months of Public Statements

Following is a list of letters and petitions signed by Loretto President Pearl McGivney and sent in September and October 2017. They illustrate Pearl’s ongoing representation of the Loretto Community. • Public comment to the Department of Education requesting upholding and enforcing Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (9/1/17) • Petition to Congress against proposed Social Security cuts (9/1/17) • Open letter from Loretto Community against DACA suspension (9/6/17) • Petition to the House against H.R. 2423 and in support of protecting Utah’s Red Cliffs Conservation Area and other public lands (9/17/17) • Petition to Congress in support of … Continue reading

St. Mary’s Academy Welcomes a New President

By Regina Drey When Bill Barrett and his three sons arrived in Denver after driving 27 hours from Bedford, N.Y., he was greeted with streamers and Wildcat mascot pawprints and a large tray overflowing with drawings and messages. The messages contained wise and sometimes humorous advice from the community on his new venture as the seventh president of St. Mary’s Academy. Once the school year was underway, the warm wishes continued, especially at a community celebration to welcome Bill. In true SMA fashion, presentations by Lower, Middle and High schools reflected the unique character of each division. Lower Schoolers shared … Continue reading

It’s Not All About the Face

By Rox Monterastelli Facebook became available to the public in 2006. Though initially used to “friend” your friends and family, over time its uses have expanded. In using the Internet and mobile devices on desktops, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones, it’s obvious Facebook is a great way to share photos. All during the day one may receive photos of the grandkids’ soccer, a friend’s visit to a market in Paris, a photo of a part needed for the kitchen sink and what someone ordered for dinner. Facebook is also a steady stream of news. An endless number of pages and … Continue reading

‘Walking Forward Together in Hope’: Loretto Assembly 2018

By Karen Knoll The Assembly Planning Committee discussed a possible theme for Assembly 2018 and the word “hope” kept arising. Assembly 2012 had the theme “In Good Company … Stepping into the Future.” Assembly 2015 spoke to “Making The Future Possible.” Assembly 2016 had “Deepening Perspectives” and Assembly 2017 had “Trust Empowers Us” as its theme. Now seems the appropriate time to proclaim “Walking Forward Together in Hope” the theme for Assembly 2018. Having chosen this theme of “Walking Forward Together in Hope,” we began to wonder what are the hopes that we Loretto Community members carry in our hearts. … Continue reading

Loretto Stands at the Border to Close the School of the Americas

By Paulette Peterson and Mary Ann McGivern Sixteen Loretto Community members, Volunteers and friends joined the Nov. 9 demonstration to advocate for the closing of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Loretto has been present at the School of the Americas Watch in Fort Benning, Ga., since 1999, protesting a school there that trains military from Latin America. This training includes sniper training, interrogation tactics, commando and psychology warfare. Graduates have been convicted of human rights violations, targeting educators, unions, student and religious leaders and people who advocate for the poor and … Continue reading

Loretto Mission in Pakistan Empowers Other Women

By Cathy Mueller Our sisters in Pakistan — Maria Daniel, Samina Iqbal and Nasreen Daniel — are busy with several projects, all of which reflect the Loretto mission. Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM asked our sisters to take over St. Anthony School in Green Town, a poor section of Lahore. From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, they do administration, substitute teach and do all the activities necessary in a school with 247 students from 3-to-12-years old. Saturdays, they often offer teacher training for the teachers from St. Anthony’s and other Catholic schools. Weekday afternoons, from 3 to … Continue reading

Houston Sends Its Thanks and Love to Loretto

Dear Sister Pearl and Loretto Community, This deserves a hand-written note, but I want to share so much with you I am afraid my handwriting would not support the effort. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude the Houston community feels about your very generous donation after Hurricane Harvey. The actual experience of Harvey as opposed to viewing it on NBC or CBS Nightly News has been both heart-breaking and heart-warming. It has been devastating even for those who did not experience such serious loss because our hearts joined theirs in shock and sorrow. Watching first responders wade through 3-to-5 … Continue reading

Colorado Peaches Win Silver Medal in 2017

By Magdalena McCloskey I joined the Colorado Peaches team when I was 77. My teammates were my age. Most had been playing on the team since 1991. My contribution to the team was my ability to run. Besides playing in the outfield, I was the designated runner. Three years later, six of our team members retired, including the founders of the Colorado Peaches. We were left without a coach, manager, pitcher, catcher, first base(wo)man and left fielder. Those who retired had just turned 80. They had been Peaches for 21 years. The fragmented Peaches continued to compete in the Huntsman … Continue reading

Loretto at the UN: Supporting Girls and Women

By Beth Blissman When I arrived at the United Nations office a year ago, the first meeting Sally Dunne took me to was the Working Group on Girls (WGG). I joined WGG’s Mission Advocacy Committee and began to visit the offices where diplomats work. These are called missions, oddly enough. We would share our priorities from WGG and talk with staff members from various countries about how our priorities connected with their top issues. It was an exciting and enlightening process, and it was an honor to be invited to co-chair this committee in 2017-18 with Eileen Reilly SSND and … Continue reading