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.

Ann Wall Richards Celebrates Her Co-membership


By Anna Koop The dining room at the Loretto Center was filled with friends and family of Ann Wall Richards this past Dec. 19. Ann had completed the process for becoming a co-member in the Loretto Community, and it was time to celebrate with her nine communities that were represented in the room. Ann shared a good deal of her journey. One could only think about the fullness of her life and the many ways in which she had embraced Loretto life well before becoming a co-member. Ann’s son was there from Ohio and said a few words. Loretto President … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

Welcome to New Faces at the Loretto Heritage Center!


By Katie Santa Ana These past several months at the Loretto Motherhouse you may have noticed a new face or two in the dining room at noon. In the past year, three new professionals have joined the existing Loretto Heritage Center team made up of Director Eleanor Craig, Archives Assistant Marcia Mohin and longtime volunteer Rosemary Ballard. For those of you not located near the Motherhouse campus, here are the newest members of the Loretto Heritage Center: Betty Lyn Parker, Laurel Wilson and I. This past April, Betty Lyn assumed the role of curator here at the museum. She came … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

JoAnn Gates, Susan Classen Make Vows to God and Loretto


By Eleanor Craig JoAnn Gates and Susan Classen celebrated their vows to God in the Loretto Community at Loretto Motherhouse Nov. 4. The celebration lasted all day, incorporating elements intimately warm and solemn, familiar and fresh. It was Loretto doing something entirely new, yet the whole day embodied a deep continuity with Charles Nerinckx’s open-ended mandate to Loretto to “provide any spiritual or corporal service that might be needed.” The day set aside for the vows dawned late, grey and chill — a typical early November day in Kentucky. At 9 a.m. we gathered in the Motherhouse church, a setting … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

Letters, Sign-On Letters and Petitions: Two Months of Public Statements


Following is a list of letters and petitions signed by Loretto President Pearl McGivney and sent in September and October 2017. They illustrate Pearl’s ongoing representation of the Loretto Community. • Public comment to the Department of Education requesting upholding and enforcing Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault (9/1/17) • Petition to Congress against proposed Social Security cuts (9/1/17) • Open letter from Loretto Community against DACA suspension (9/6/17) • Petition to the House against H.R. 2423 and in support of protecting Utah’s Red Cliffs Conservation Area and other public lands (9/17/17) • Petition to Congress in support of … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online

St. Mary’s Academy Welcomes a New President


By Regina Drey When Bill Barrett and his three sons arrived in Denver after driving 27 hours from Bedford, N.Y., he was greeted with streamers and Wildcat mascot pawprints and a large tray overflowing with drawings and messages. The messages contained wise and sometimes humorous advice from the community on his new venture as the seventh president of St. Mary’s Academy. Once the school year was underway, the warm wishes continued, especially at a community celebration to welcome Bill. In true SMA fashion, presentations by Lower, Middle and High schools reflected the unique character of each division. Lower Schoolers shared … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

It’s Not All About the Face


By Rox Monterastelli Facebook became available to the public in 2006. Though initially used to “friend” your friends and family, over time its uses have expanded. In using the Internet and mobile devices on desktops, laptops, tablet computers and smartphones, it’s obvious Facebook is a great way to share photos. All during the day one may receive photos of the grandkids’ soccer, a friend’s visit to a market in Paris, a photo of a part needed for the kitchen sink and what someone ordered for dinner. Facebook is also a steady stream of news. An endless number of pages and … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

‘Walking Forward Together in Hope’: Loretto Assembly 2018


By Karen Knoll The Assembly Planning Committee discussed a possible theme for Assembly 2018 and the word “hope” kept arising. Assembly 2012 had the theme “In Good Company … Stepping into the Future.” Assembly 2015 spoke to “Making The Future Possible.” Assembly 2016 had “Deepening Perspectives” and Assembly 2017 had “Trust Empowers Us” as its theme. Now seems the appropriate time to proclaim “Walking Forward Together in Hope” the theme for Assembly 2018. Having chosen this theme of “Walking Forward Together in Hope,” we began to wonder what are the hopes that we Loretto Community members carry in our hearts. … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online

Loretto Stands at the Border to Close the School of the Americas


By Paulette Peterson and Mary Ann McGivern Sixteen Loretto Community members, Volunteers and friends joined the Nov. 9 demonstration to advocate for the closing of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Loretto has been present at the School of the Americas Watch in Fort Benning, Ga., since 1999, protesting a school there that trains military from Latin America. This training includes sniper training, interrogation tactics, commando and psychology warfare. Graduates have been convicted of human rights violations, targeting educators, unions, student and religious leaders and people who advocate for the poor and … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

Loretto Mission in Pakistan Empowers Other Women


By Cathy Mueller Our sisters in Pakistan — Maria Daniel, Samina Iqbal and Nasreen Daniel — are busy with several projects, all of which reflect the Loretto mission. Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM asked our sisters to take over St. Anthony School in Green Town, a poor section of Lahore. From 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, they do administration, substitute teach and do all the activities necessary in a school with 247 students from 3-to-12-years old. Saturdays, they often offer teacher training for the teachers from St. Anthony’s and other Catholic schools. Weekday afternoons, from 3 to … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online, News

Houston Sends Its Thanks and Love to Loretto


Dear Sister Pearl and Loretto Community, This deserves a hand-written note, but I want to share so much with you I am afraid my handwriting would not support the effort. Words cannot begin to express the gratitude the Houston community feels about your very generous donation after Hurricane Harvey. The actual experience of Harvey as opposed to viewing it on NBC or CBS Nightly News has been both heart-breaking and heart-warming. It has been devastating even for those who did not experience such serious loss because our hearts joined theirs in shock and sorrow. Watching first responders wade through 3-to-5 … Continue reading

Categories: Interchange Online