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.

Kathleen Corbett Celebrates 50 Years in Loretto


By Mary E. (Buffy) Boesen Surrounded by Loretto Community members, friends from her parish and friends from Holy Cross Catholic School where she teaches and has taught for five years, Kathleen Corbett celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a Sister of Loretto. The celebration took place Aug. 19 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces, N.M. After Mass Kathleen shared these remarks: “For me this is a celebration of God’s faithfulness. Through every experience, the beautiful Providence of God has been at work in unexpected ways, wonderful surprises, lasting joy deeper … Continue reading

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Do You Have Cecily’s Poetry?


Did Cecily Jones happen to send you a poem, perhaps a special one written for you, that you think we might not have? Loretto is planning a new book with her later poems. We think we have all of them, but perhaps you have one we do not have. If you think you do, please contact Peg Jacobs at the Motherhouse. We probably can tell by the title whether yours is a poem we don’t have. If that is the case, we will ask you to please copy the poem to send to Peg, and keep your original.

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#DACA #Here to Stay


                                                John and Lillian Moskeland joined Dayton, Ohio, residents who stood in front of Republican Rep. Mike Turner’s offices Sept. 5 to support Dreamers and the Hope Act. Singers, speakers and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) representatives gathered with more than 200 citizens to call upon Turner to listen to what is morally correct. Lillian was joined by Bela Mes, whom she met at the Motherhouse while Bela was in retreat this past year. Bela … Continue reading

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California Billboards Feature Kim Klein


Kim Klein was featured on billboards in the San Francisco area advertising a Sept. 19 conference on fundraising, Kim’s specialty. The poster at right was at the Embarcadero Muni Stop (trolley stop in San Francisco). There was also one on a bus and one on the outside of a public toilet in the city’s Mission District. The people who placed the ads agreed to place them when they had space, so they were a bit random. At the conference one person interviewed all of the speakers, asking what were their biggest lessons, biggest mistakes and what kept them in this … Continue reading

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Anti-fracking Nuns? Not Again!


By Theresa Kubasak Google “anti-fracking nuns” and a marvelous YouTube video will appear featuring 21 women from Loretto singing “Amazing Grace.” It is almost legend how we stopped Williams Co. from building the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline through Loretto land but it took a tremendous amount of coalition building with our neighbors and allies. Now Williams is threatening to use eminent domain to seize farmland belonging to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in Lancaster, Pa., for the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. In late June Maria Visse received an email plea from Tim Spiese of Lancaster Against Pipelines (LAP). He … Continue reading

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Achieving the Art of Balance


By Marty Lally Several years ago I was visiting the Denver Loretto Center and was invited to stay for dinner. I went downstairs to the dining room, and I met Jeanne Cushing in the hall. Jeanne was the receptionist at the Center and as we approached the dining room I saw several walkers and canes. Jeanne said to me, “This is looking more like Lourdes by the day.” Then in a stage whisper she said, “We have balance issues here.” It is a common perception that loss of physical balance is a product of aging. Those who experience that loss … Continue reading

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Pauline Albin Receives Acacia Award at the African-American Leadership Awards


By Kathy Wright Pauline Albin received the Acacia Award for her years of service, support and fidelity to the African-American Catholic community in the Louisville Archdiocese. March 11 eight members of Loretto and three family members accompanied Pauline to the 30th Annual African-American Catholic Leadership Awards Dinner. It was a grand event at the Galt House, including an amazing array of presenters and award recipients. The Acacia Award program notes stated about Pauline and the other two recipients that “over the years we have benefited greatly from their leadership, service and contributions to education, our local community and nationally through … Continue reading

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LHC Honors Elaine Prevallet


By Martha Crawley The Spirit of Loretto Awards are given annually to outstanding alumnae, former faculty and staff of Loretto Heights College (LHC) in recognition of personal achievement, substantial contribution of service to others and a commitment to the promotion of social justice consistent with the traditions and mission of the Sisters of Loretto. Elaine Prevallet was one of the recipients this year. Elaine was not able to be present and requested that I receive the award on her behalf. Elaine sent the following statement to be read by me at the awards gathering in July at LHC: “First let … Continue reading

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Remembering Cecily: A Reflection


By Martha Alderson Cecily (Peggy mostly, to me) was so many qualities I admired and such support to me that it would take much too much time and space to elaborate. Nevertheless, I find there are two special qualities I want to remind us of. First, Cecily was ever the political activist, always working for justice. She called it “peace work” (and no one thought she meant quilting, although she admired quilting). It was frustrating for her when she was no longer able to join in marches and visits to officials. She kept up her activism through writing letters, on … Continue reading

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Hunger Fund to Allocate $20,000; Deadline Oct. 16


By Brenda Purser The Hunger Fund Allocation Committee met in late July to discuss plans for this year’s distribution of funds. We were saddened by the July 18 death of committee member Cecily Jones. She was convener of the committee for 25 years, and her commitment to feeding hungry people will long be remembered. The committee wishes to announce that $20,000 will be available for distribution this fall to groups that are dedicated to food provision in a variety of settings. An area of focus for this year will be providing assistance to immigrant populations, but all groups are encouraged … Continue reading

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