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.

Celebrating Co-member Commitment and Foundation Day at Denver Loretto Center


By Mary Kay Brannan April 25 was a double celebration at the Denver Loretto Center. Foundation Day was a special day for Donna Hamburg, who made her formal commitment as a new co-member. “Let Loretto Be Loretto Forever” and “We Work for Justice and Act for Peace” were the themes for both celebrations. Donna graduated from St. Mary’s Academy in Denver and as an alumna kept in touch with classmates and teachers and extended her connection with Loretto by attending many Loretto events. Love for Loretto and its spirit brought Donna into the co-membership process in August 2011. In the … Continue reading

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The Formation of a Class of Co-Members


By the Study Group CIP Class of 2015 Sometime late in the year 2012, at the suggestion of Mary Ken Lewis, a small group of vowed members from Loretto Motherhouse and prospective co-members who live in the area (including Louisville and Lexington, Ky.) began a study group of I Am The Way. We met once a month after the noon meal on Sundays. The group also included Mike and Stacy Leard, who faithfully joined us from Arizona by Zoom. Later joined by two co-members, we read and pondered IATW articles one by one, seeking to uncover the meaning(s) for our … Continue reading

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Visioning the Future at the Motherhouse


By Motherhouse Shared Future Committee Members of the Motherhouse Shared Future Committee — Elizabeth Croom, Joy Gerity, Eileen Harrington, Kim Klein, Ceciliana Skees and Kathy Wright — met on April 26-28 to continue exploring future possibilities. At the meeting’s start, we called to mind the four commitments committee members have made as Loretto moves through this process of visioning the future: Take care of every sister of Loretto. Honor the Motherhouse as a place that bears witness to our history, nourishes us and others and holds seeds for the future. Align processes with the Loretto Land Ethic, the Energy Vision … Continue reading

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Peace Committee Supports Effort to Abolish Nuclear Weapons


By Paulette Peterson The Loretto Community has a long history of building peace and working toward the elimination of nuclear weapons and energy. It is striking to recall the peacemaking activities Loretto has engaged in throughout the years, including marching in countless demonstrations (the Freeze, Rocky Flats, Los Alamos, Trifecta, SOA) and authoring letters, articles, poems and books about the importance of disarmament and the spiritual and moral imperative to resist violence in all its forms. To that end, Loretto members have joined in anti-nuke (pro-peace) protest walks across the country, fostered interfaith collaboration and economic conversion, and coordinated countless … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Mary’s Academy’s 150 Years


“This community is a special, sacred place.” These words of St. Mary’s Academy President Deirdre Cryor written at the beginning of this school year merit a resounding YES! as we end this glorious year of celebration, remembrance and accomplishment. Enjoy the photos of the year and savor “School at the Edge,” the beautiful poem Cecily Jones wrote for SMA. Our community is proud of this anniversary and profoundly grateful for the commitment of our early sisters and the 300-plus Loretto members who have been part of the SMA community throughout our 150 years. School at the Edge Our reverie [at … Continue reading

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Motherhouse Volunteer Coordinator Gets Down to Work


By Meghan Gallahan Hello to the entire Loretto Community! My name is Meghan Gallahan, and I am the manager of the new Community Service Program at the Motherhouse. I currently live in Bardstown, Ky., just a 25-minute drive from Loretto, with my adorable toddler, Desmond, and my husband, Nathan. I am a graduate of the University of Louisville, and I have more than a decade’s worth of experience in volunteering with such groups as 4H, the Lions Club, the Humane Society and Kiwanis Club. I love the relationship that develops between an institution and an individual because of volunteering, and … Continue reading

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Do Our Police Departments Reflect Our Values?


By Eileen Harrington In December 2012, I moved back to my hometown of Madison, Wis., from Washington, D.C. One month earlier, a white Madison police officer, Stephen Heimsness, shot and killed an unarmed young white musician, Paulie Heenan. Heenan was killed at 2:30 a.m. when, returning home in a drunken state, he mistakenly entered the home of his neighbors, the O’Malleys. The O’Malleys heard him enter and, fearing he was a burglar, called 911. They quickly recognized the “burglar” as their neighbor, saw he was drunk and disoriented, and Kevin O’Malley offered to walk him home. As they walked toward … Continue reading

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They Thought for Themselves: A Book Review


By Carol Ann Ptacek They Thought for Themselves is written by Sid Roth. In his introduction, Roth says, “This book is the result of a dream I had in which I was instructed to find and interview Jewish people who broke through the mold of their previous experiences to achieve their destiny. Everyone has a special destiny, but few reach it.” I opened this book because the title fascinated me. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop. Roth profiles 10 amazing Jews — men, women and couples. In the last profile Roth quotes “the God-shaped hole in my soul.” What … Continue reading

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What About the Girls?


By Mary Ann McGivern Marian Middle School raised $300,000 at the annual dinner and auction. Auction items were high end like a private tour and cocktails for 12 at the St. Louis Art Museum, a vacation in Ireland and a VIP trip to the Indianapolis 500. Instead of a silent auction cluttered with small goods, teachers simply posted their needs with price tags. At the reception before dinner, appetizers and drinks came with napkins reminding us that a Marian education costs $12,000, that a girl with an extra year of education can earn 20 percent more as an adult and … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Mary!


The Loretto Community offers its congratulations to Mary Gutzwiller, who graduated May 9 from Saint Meinrad (Ind.) School of Theology with a master’s of theological studies. Well done, Mary!

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