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St. Louis Public Library Recognizes Loretto, Other Congregations at Downtown Exhibit

                Above, from left, Barbara Ann Barbato and Annie Stevens, and at right, Eleanor Craig view the Catholic Sisters exhibit at the St. Louis Public Library. The exhibit runs through April 28.


St. Mary’s Academy Students Honor Florida High School Victims

In silent reflection, St. Mary’s Academy students and faculty participate in the March 14 national Walk Out, honoring the 17 victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The eighth graders, on their East Coast trip, gathered at the U.S. Capitol in remembrance. (Photos courtesy of Regina Drey)


Welcome, New Loretto Co-Members!

Loretto welcomes its newest co-members, from left, Julie Popham and Sally Maresh. (Photos courtesy of Lisa Reynolds)


Beef and Climate Change: A Continuum

By Susan Classen Does eating beef harm the planet? Many are asking that important question and, like most good questions, there is no clear answer. Think of a continuum ranging from beef choices that contribute to the problem of climate change to those that contribute to its solution. The placement of beef on that broad continuum is determined by the health of the cow, the food it ate and the location of its pasture. Beef from cattle raised through industrial livestock production falls on the far end of the problem side of the continuum. There is significant consensus that the … Continue reading


What Are Ecosystem Services?

By Joy Jensen We have read about ecosystems. But what are ecosystem services? The notion was popularized by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report in 2005, and it is often used in forest management and planning. Ecosystem services imply those benefits that come from the functioning of ecosystems. These services are generally divided into three categories: provisioning services such as those provided by forests and their habitats; supporting services necessary for producing other ecosystem services such as how forests provide conditions for soil formation and nutrient and water cycling; and cultural and non-material benefits that forests provide such as spiritual enrichment … Continue reading


A Secret Garden: The Motherhouse Courtyard Ecosystem

By Joy Jensen Editor’s note: Joy has written a series of four articles to inform us about the ecosystem at the Motherhouse. In this issue, we will present the first two. Look for the following two articles in the next two issues of Interchange. A gray squirrel scampers up the trunk of the tree in the courtyard outside my Infirmary window, usually with a nut in its mouth. A chipmunk scurries across the concrete walkway. The English sparrows flutter in the pond’s waterfall to clean their wings. This is our own secret garden, our own garden ecosystem in the Motherhouse … Continue reading


Sharing Loretto’s Story at St. Louis University

By Barbara Roche I spoke at St. Louis University (SLU) Feb. 22, as part of the American Religion, Culture and History (A.R.C.H.) Speaker Series sponsored by the Cultures of American Religion writing group at SLU. Loretto Volunteer Susan Nichols, a former member of the writing group, recommended that they invite someone from the Loretto Community to speak. They, in turn, contacted Kathy Sullivan, adjunct professor at SLU, who suggested me. The goal of the A.R.C.H. series is to bring some new voices to SLU and to strengthen networks of people with similar interests in the St. Louis region. The A.R.C.H. … Continue reading


Negotiation of Compacts This Year at United Nations

By Mary Louise Pabello Editor’s Note: Mary Louise is a returning Loretto Volunteer now working as NGO U.N. Intern/Loretto Community. The Loretto Community has long supported migrants and refugees in our midst. Here is an update on what has been happening on a global level at the United Nations. In September 2016, the U.N. General Assembly hosted a high-level Summit for Refugees and Migrants. The document resulting from that summit, “The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants” (aka “The New York Declaration” or NYD), made history. Not only did all 193 U.N. member states adopt it but it contained … Continue reading


Walking Forward Together in Hope

By Cathy Smith We hope by now you have signed, sealed and delivered your registration forms for the Assembly in Shepherdsville, Ky., July 7-13. This year we actively will be engaged in focusing on our future and naming goals to get us there. We will need hope and vision while walking together and using the supportive, consultative and deliberative modes of participation at every level. With each step, we will be forming the pathway into our future. At the opening ritual, we will have the opportunity to write our name on a small stone and place it along the path … Continue reading


Faculty, Staff Engage in St. Mary’s Academy Day Of Retreat

By Regina Drey “Joining Loretto in Working for Justice and Acting for Peace” was the theme of the annual faculty/staff retreat day at St. Mary’s Academy in February. Opening the day, senior Raegan Rychecky shared her recent trip with Loretto’s Sister Community Committee to meet with the Holy Family Sisters (Las Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia) in Guatemala. Raegan was eager to visit the Guatemalan schools as she hopes to establish a partnership to make technology more accessible in a school associated with Loretto. Through Raegan’s slides, video and insights, the SMA community learned about the Holy Family schools, the … Continue reading