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.

Sister Sodelbia Bridge: A Celebration Past Due


By Kay Carlew           A celebration to behold took place July 14 at 7 p.m. It began on a bridge covered with an arch of piping decorated with balloons of assorted colors. The arch reached high enough for a tractor-trailer to pass beneath. It celebrated a resolution filed in both Kentucky houses to name the bridge at Manton after Sister Sodelbia Hughes. The bridge located on Highway 1183 connects Marion and Washington counties and has been referred to by many in the Loretto Community and beyond as Sodelbia’s bridge. Two Manton School graduates played guitars and … Continue reading

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Loretto Lobbies Senators & Reps in Washington, D.C.


By Molly Butler After many months of prayer and preparation among Loretto committees/networks working in communal mission, the Loretto Peace and Justice Engagement Project culminated with a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C., mid-July. As a representative of Loretto’s mission for justice and peace at the United Nations, I jumped at the opportunity to advocate for these very same values at the federal and local legislative level. With my toolkit of fact sheets, congressional listings and confirmation letters in tow, I arrived in the humid beltway prepared to push for the seven crucial issues that together we identified as central … Continue reading

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Helen Ann Reynolds SL


Sister Helen Ann was born May 17, 1918, in Rockford, Ill. She was one of four daughters and two sons of Marie Ellen (Hennessey) and Thomas J. Reynolds. She entered the Sisters of Loretto from St. Peter Parish, Rockford, in 1936. Sister Helen Ann received the habit and her religious name on April 25, 1937, pronounced her first vows on April 25, 1939 and made her final vows on Aug. 15, 1942.
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A Portrait of Ann Manganaro SL, M.D. (1946-1993)


By Sarah Legett 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of Ann Manganaro’s death. In the summer of that year, during the annual meeting of the Interfaith Committee on Latin America held at Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis, program coordinator Marilyn Lorenz premiered a documentary which she had produced about Ann. “Set My Hands to Heal” was truly a labor of love, chronicling Ann’s life and the clinic she helped establish in El Salvador in 1989.*** Marilyn invited people from across Ann’s life, including the Loretto Community, family, friends and work colleagues, creating a lovely way to celebrate Ann’s anniversary! … Continue reading

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Loretto Travels to Onondaga Nation


Who cares about a papal bull some pope wrote in 1452? Why does Loretto Community keep talking about it? Do we really have to keep hearing about the Doctrine of Discovery? Continue reading

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Inaugural Art Show Featuring Loretto Artists Open Through July at Motherhouse


The art room at the Motherhouse has been a work in progress, as it moved from an art studio to an art exhibition room. Sandy Ardoyno came up with the idea after she critiqued some paintings for one of the Infirmary staff members who had done incredible work with very little instruction. Continue reading

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Last Issue of couRAGE Honors Mary Ann Cunningham


By Kim Klein At the February 2014 meeting of the Loretto Women’s Network, it was decided to sunset the newsletter, couRAGE. Mary Ann Cunningham had served as the editor for 26 years, and the consensus of those present at the meeting was that no one could take her place. Mary Ann McGivern and Martha Alderson took on the task of creating a final issue as a tribute to Mary Ann Cunningham, and they did a magnificent job. This last issue includes some of the finest writings from Mary Ann Cunningham herself, tributes from Theresa Kane, Anna Koop, Mary Hunt, Donna … Continue reading

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Loretto Welcomes Cathy Darnell as Newest Co-member!


By Lisa Reynolds Cathy has a long history with Loretto. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy (1967), where she made numerous close connections, including Elizabeth Ann Compton, Scholastica, Ann Carmel and Anthony Mary Sartorius. After graduation, and through her service on the board at SMA, she came to know and work with many more Loretto members. She had a strong bond with Kath O’Malley, and Mary Catherine Rabbitt served as her contact person. Cathy is a fourth-generation Colorado native and lives in Denver, where she works part time as an event coordinator with Allwell Rents. She also consults … Continue reading

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Remembering Ann Manganaro


By Barbara Roche June 6 Loretto Community members joined the Manganaro family and friends of Ann Manganaro at Loretto Center in St. Louis to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Ann’s death. We shared memories and celebrated her spirit, which continues to live on in all of us and in the work of the Clínica Ana Manganaro in Guarjila, El Salvador. The gathering opened with the song, “Simple Gifts,” and included a reading of Ann’s reflections on making final vows and one of Ann’s poems. Participants shared memories, including of working with Ann at the Neighborhood School, living with Ann at … Continue reading

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Katie Jones Expresses Gratitude to the Loretto Community; Justina Shaw Takes Reins of Loretto Volunteer Program


I have had the privilege of serving the Loretto Community as volunteer coordinator since 2010. This past June, I moved on to another job. The program will continue under the direction of Justina Shaw who is based in Washington, D.C., with support from Claudia Calzetta in St. Louis. Continue reading

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