Interchange Online

Welcome to Interchange Online, an extension of the Loretto Community's internal monthly newsletter. Here you will find news about Loretto Community life, written and edited by Loretto Community members. Current editors are Martha Alderson CoL, Donna Day SL, Mary Ann McGivern SL and Lillian Moskeland CoL.

Surprise! Jean East Receives Award at University of Denver Conference


By Jeanne Orrben Jean East is not easily taken by surprise, yet that happened on April 1 when she received the “Robin Morgan Outstanding Woman Award for Faculty 2016” during the University of Denver Annual Women’s Conference. Even when friends who are not usually at DU events arrived for the luncheon, Jean had no idea what was coming. It was fun to watch her reaction. Why the award? The following nomination statement from a colleague says it all: “Jean East’s entire career has been focused on recognizing and supporting women’s voices at every level of society. She has promoted the … Continue reading

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St. Vincent De Paul, Denver, Recognizes Women Religious


By Cathy Mueller Loretto was invited to attend an assembly at St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver to recognize the years of service given there by religious communities: Sisters of Loretto, 58 years; Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 10 years; and Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, 20 years. Mary Nelle Gage, Cathy Mueller, Lydia Peña, Vicki Schwartz and Sylvia Sedillo represented Loretto. We were given a tour of the school and attended a school assembly. We were shown a slide presentation recognizing many of the individual sisters who taught there, the second graders sang a special song they … Continue reading

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Searching for Home: An Exhibit at the History Colorado Museum


By Byron Plumley and Shirley Whiteside Two years ago James Peterson, assistant curator on the staff of the Colorado History Museum, initiated a conversation with a man holding a sign on a Denver street corner. The sign read “Homeless. Anything helps. God bless.” During the next several weeks Peterson noticed and visited with others holding signs. He bought some of the signs. At one point Peterson asked himself, “What in that person’s life led them to this street corner to depend on the generosity of passersby simply to survive?” Peterson introduced the idea of sponsoring an exhibit on the history … Continue reading

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Mark Your Calendars for ‘Gift of Trust’ Topical Gathering


By Donna Day A Place Called Community by Parker Palmer is one of the resources the planning team (Joyce Ackles, Joy Gerity, Mary Gutzwiller, Sue Kenny, Sandra Hareld, Paulette Peterson, Vicki Schwartz and I) is using in preparing for the topical gathering “The Gift of Trust.” Palmer’s focus is helping the planners deepen their thinking of how Community members can be “persons, not roles, to one another.” The issues are complex and raise many questions: How do you engage the Community in the area of trust? What’s the glue holding us together? What am I willing to change to deepen … Continue reading

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Interfaith Voices Receives Wilbur Award


Interfaith Voices, the public radio show hosted by Maureen Fiedler, this year won its third Wilbur Award, presented by the Religion Communicators Council. The award was for a piece entitled “Israel’s Newest TV Stars: Nice Jewish Boys from a Synagogue Near You.” It was produced by Laura Kwerel, senior producer of Interfaith Voices. Laura was on maternity leave, so Maureen went to New York to receive the award. It was presented by Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council.

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‘I Love My St. Albert School’


Painting in St. Albert High School in Faisalabad, Pakistan, started in December 2015, with a hoped-for finish by Jan. 15. However, because of heavy fog, it was delayed. The painting was finished at the end of February. After the painting, a little girl brought this poem in Urdu to Nasreen Daniel, who had tears in her eyes when she read it. Nasreen translated it into English below: Dirty home clean school Stinking home fragrant school Gloomy home cheerful school Dark home bright school Sad home happy school Stuffy home airy school Dirty water clean water school home Ugly home beautiful … Continue reading

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Bread for the World: Loretto Academy Class Project


By Jane German On this occasion, we would like to present Mr. Hal Courtice’s fourth grade class project. Teachers are always on the lookout for opportunities to integrate various subject areas into a unified lesson project. This sort of integrated lesson planning is at the heart of STEM curriculum planning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). STEM has evolved into STEAM (adding Arts to the acronym) and more recently to STREAM (with the addition of Reading). Working in a Catholic school, we have a slightly different “take” on STREAM, seeing it as an acronym for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and … Continue reading

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Hurray! Tech Upgrades Coming This Summer to Loretto Motherhouse


This spring and summer several steps will be taken to improve the quality and speed of Internet connections on the Loretto Motherhouse campus. If all goes as planned, by the end of the summer the Motherhouse should have an improved Internet signal and a new network infrastructure in place upon which to build for years to come. Also, in the next few months, the bulk of the Motherhouse phone and television service will be switched to Time Warner Cable (TWC), which has promised to provide solid service at a lower cost than what Loretto now pays for the same service. … Continue reading

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Loretto Heritage Center Learns a Stunning Lesson About Mold


By Eleanor Craig “To find mold in an archives building is like facing a tsunami, a hurricane and an earthquake all rolled into one disaster. When Archivist Eleanor Craig was summoned to the scene, she had to take to her chair in a state of temporary paralysis of fear.” — Our Days, January 2016 It was exactly as Anndavid Naeger wrote in the Motherhouse newsletter: As Loretto’s archivist, charged with protecting our precious 200 years of papers and artifacts, I was overwhelmed when one of the housekeeping staff called me to see the 3-by-4-foot swath of black mold clinging to … Continue reading

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‘Bright Morning Star A’Rising’ at Catholic Worker


By Anna Koop When I left the house on Jan. 27, I had no idea that I would never spend another night in that sacred space at 2420 Welton that I called home. That space where daily I arose early for quiet prayer, where I said “Have a nice day” to those leaving to face the struggle of job and housing searches with unreasonable obstacles and few opportunities in an incredibly unfriendly Denver economy. Thirty-eight years of welcoming friends without housing, volunteers to come help out and street folks who needed a moment of respite from the realities of “hanging … Continue reading

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