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‘Have Only One Heart, One Soul, One Mind’

Posted on February 1, 2019, by Donna Day SL

— Loretto’s New Forum — ‘The Eleven’: Above, seated from left, are Mary Margaret Murphy, Vicki Schwartz, Sonja Earthman Novo and Barbara Nicholas. Standing, from left, are Sue Kenney, Cathy Mueller, Mary Catherine Rabbitt, Sharon Kassing, Mary Helen Sandoval, Jane German and Paulette Peterson. ‘Together we are your “Eleven,”’ Barbara noted in her January 2019 letter to Community members.
(Photo by Jean M. Schildz)

‘Have only one heart, one soul, one mind.’

Words of Father Charles Nerinckx
Pearl McGivney blesses the newly elected leadership group Dec. 8, 2018, at Loretto Motherhouse.

Dec. 8, 2018, was a special feast day at the Loretto Motherhouse and for Loretto members everywhere. A blessing ritual celebrated the outgoing President Pearl McGivney and the newly elected President Barbara Nicholas, with the respective Executive Committees and Forum members. The ritual included the five past presidents who were present for the celebration.

The newly elected leadership group was blessed with these words: “May you see your leadership as gift and its challenges as blessings. May you answer God’s call to work for a future rich in possibilities for Loretto and all we serve.” Each member was given a candle as an expression of our founder’s vision of service.

The Loretto Community blesses the outgoing Executive Committee/Forum.

The outgoing Executive Committee/Forum was blessed with these words: “May this blessing draw you into our gratitude as you remember each person, each event, each thing that called you to say yes to the grace of leadership.” Each member received a beautiful drawing of a mandala created by Sharon Kassing.

It was so fitting as we celebrated this transition of leadership to have the five past presidents present. They, along with Mary Ann Coyle in Denver, are all part of Loretto’s living legacy. We invited them to give a blessing to everyone in the chapel. “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, that grounded in love you may have the strength to know the love of God that surpasses all knowledge, so that you may join with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in praise and thanksgiving to the One who loves us forever.” We all prayed together these words of Father Charles Nerinckx, “Love one another, have only one heart, one soul, one mind.”

Leadership Legacy — Loretto President Pearl McGivney gathers with former Loretto presidents. From left are Mary Catherine Rabbitt, Pearl, Marian McAvoy, Maureen McCormack and Cathy Mueller. Former president Mary Ann Coyle was unable to attend the Dec. 8 blessing at Loretto Motherhouse.
(Photo by Jean M. Schildz)

Barbara closed the event with words of thanksgiving for the transition ritual, with good wishes to Pearl as she plans to return to service in central Florida and a request for the prayers of the Community as the new team begins. Barbara stated, “Let’s always pray for one another. I’m happy to serve as Loretto’s next president.” Applause rang through the chapel. Barbara added this historical perspective that the last elected leader of the Sisters of Loretto born in Kentucky was Mother Ann Joseph Mattingly. She took office in 1882. Today, 136 years later, we all offered our new Kentucky-born President, the Executive Committee and Forum our prayers and support.

This past Dec. 8 was a Loretto Community day. A day we held each other “in common” as we blessed those leaving office and welcomed those beginning new service. This feast day was a day to celebrate how we are united in a larger purpose: to live in peace and spread the love of God through our mission efforts. The circle of leadership invites everyone, not as an end in itself, but points us all to the margins where God’s people live.

Then President-elect Barbara Nicholas speaks at the Dec. 8, 2018, blessing Mass.
Barbara and Anthony Mary Sartorius are joined at the blessing by Barbara’s sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Harold Combs.
(Photo by Jean M. Schildz)
The Forum members whose terms ended Dec. 31, 2018, gather together. Seated from left are Marlene Spero, Jane German, Pearl McGivney and Mary Ellen McElroy. Standing from left are Mary Helen Sandoval, Karen Cassidy, Barbara Nicholas, Lillian Moskeland, Mary Ann McGivern and Buffy Boesen.
(Photo by Jean M. Schildz)
Donna Day SL

Donna Day SL

Donna entered Loretto in 1961 with the best class ever. The members gather often to renew friendships. Donna’s work in Loretto has included many years serving the Hispanic community in Colorado, the African-American community at Pillar Place in St. Louis and countless years on the Loretto staff in health care and as an Interchange editor. Participating on the Topical Committee and traveling to be present with the community all across the country is a real joy. Reading, Cardinal baseball and celebrating all things Irish are among her favorite pastimes.
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