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.

Assembly Planning Committee Thoughts


By Paulette Peterson and Karen Knoll As we prepare for the upcoming Assembly, we will have proposals to assess. They are on the website and in the Community Group packet.  Below are a few process suggestions as we begin to evaluate the proposals: Please review each proposal and contact the proposal originator directly with any suggestions, corrections or modifications. If you disagree, take time to explain why.   “Wordsmithing” can be difficult in a large group. So English majors, please offer your corrections before we gather!   Working on the proposals offers us the opportunity to work together and be … Continue reading

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Loretto Honors Denver Center’s Legacy


By Mary Nelle Gage More than 100 Loretto Community members and friends, celebrated the 53-year legacy of the Denver Loretto Center on Dec. 8, 2017. Father Marty Lally concelebrated the Loretto feast day Mass of the Immaculate Conception with Fathers Roland Freeman, longtime Loretto Center chaplain, Michael De Sciose and Ben Meyer. Barbara Schulte and Mary Ellen McElroy proclaimed the readings, and Denise Ann Clifford led the singing. The commemorative Mass program was designed by Center Coordinator Judith Baenen, with photos by staff member Nicole Martinez. Marlene Spero reflected on the “53 years of life, love and ministry that have … Continue reading

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LACC — Why Sanctuary, Why Now?


By Maureen Flanigan The Loretto Latin America Caribbean Committee met for a “face-to-face” the first weekend in January with full hearts and a full agenda. The theme of “intention” guided our weekend, pulling us into the urgent work of advocacy for our sisters and brothers threatened by injustice and abuse. We began our three days together with a joy- but reality-filled visit to Araceli Velasquez and her three little sons (dad, Jorge, was still at work) who live in sanctuary at Park Hill United Methodist Church/Temple Micah in Denver. The two co-congregations believe no caring community can remain on the … Continue reading

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Pakistan News: The Netherlands to Lahore


By Mary Helen Sandoval Maria Daniel is in the Netherlands working on her doctorate. Before the holidays her dissertation topic was approved. In it she will compare the educational system in Pakistan with that of the Netherlands. She is living in a small room in student housing and was fortunate to spend Christmas with her and Nasreen Daniel’s sister, Reena, and her family who live in the Netherlands. She will be returning to Pakistan in February. Nasreen and Samina Iqbal are busy with St. Anthony’s School in Lahore, Pakistan. A major focus of their work is to provide training and … Continue reading

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Loretto Women’s Network Updates


Since the new year, the Loretto Women’s Network has had some changes in its membership: • Coordinators are Anna Koop, Mary Nelson, Karen Wehrman and Jean East. • Emerita Member is Mary Ann Cunningham. • Consultants are Betsy Clute, Kathy Baldwin–Heitman, Alice Kitchen and Beth Blissman. • Communication Consultant is Rox Monterastelli. LWN supports women today making statements about the abuse of power. We are inspired by the work of many who witness issues that affect women, however they identify, and men who listen. Stay tuned … Loretto Women’s Network is preparing this year to continue its usual work on … Continue reading

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Simple Beauty Enhances First Green Burial at Motherhouse


By Sister Anndavid Naeger In a November 2016 article for Interchange, Cecily Jones wrote, “… interest in a natural burial (formaldehyde-free preparation of the body; a biodegradable coffin or container; perhaps only a shroud) has been high at the Motherhouse for at least six years, spurred on by presentations, films, discussions, information sessions and then specified wishes.” As explained in November’s Our Days at Loretto Motherhouse newsletter, a 6-acre wooded area has been designated for the Nature Preserve Cemetery. A few weeks ago when Carol Kaiman took advantage of the tour of the space, she was quite taken with its … Continue reading

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Agraria: Future Land Possibilities


By Kathy Wright It was 57 degrees and sunny this past Dec. 21, a perfect afternoon for a Gratitude Walk and Open House at Agraria, a 128-acre regenerative farm and education center in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Agraria (www.communitysolution.org/cs-farm/) began in 2017 with the purchase of this property. About 50 people walked through a wooded area alongside a meadow to Jacoby Creek and heard of the great plans to restore the creek. We also toured nearby fields where corn and soy beans had been grown and learned about future plans for these agricultural fields. The property was purchased by Community Solutions … Continue reading

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Desperate Times Turn into Heartfelt, Overflowing Gratitude


By Mary Margaret Murphy Early in 2017, because of funding priority changes, Villa Maria was faced with a $60,000 budget deficit. The pass-through HUD funds that come to the City of El Paso were earmarked for rapid re-housing and not Transition Living Centers (TLC’s) such as Villa Maria. For close to 11 years, Villa Maria has been a safety net for women who suffer deep physical and psychological wounds due to domestic violence or sexual abuse, or who need a chance to begin life anew upon leaving jail or prison, or who are striving to be rooted on their substance … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tradition


Claudia Calzetta and Kathy Sullivan hosted their 17th annual Christmas party this past Dec. 10 at their Frontenac, Mo., home. Claudia’s delicious desserts were a highlight. Guests made a donation to the Hunger Fund for the opportunity to guess how many lights decorated the Christmas tree. Betty Connor came closest to guessing the correct amount of 2,900 lights, winning the prize of Claudia baking a special dessert for her. Betty asked for a lemon meringue pie. Claudia said the Community will gather later this year to enjoy the lemon meringue pie in Betty’s memory. The Christmas party raised $129.35 for … Continue reading

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Saying ‘Yes’ Again


A group of Loretto sisters renewed their vows at the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass this past Dec. 8 at Nerinx Hall. Co-members joined in renewing their commitment of support for Loretto. At top, from left are Donna Day, Annie Stevens and Barbara Ann Barbato. Bottom photo, from left are Sharon Kassing, Barbara Mecker, Concha De La Cruz, Roberta Hudlow and Mary Seematter.

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