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.

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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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation


By Sofia Almanzan and Sofia Cortez, Loretto Academy students, El Paso The Motherhouse trip was an amazing experience. We realized that the reason we came home so amazed was because of the people that surrounded us on this trip. The teachers, the girls, the campers and most importantly the sisters all had an effect on why we had such an unforgettable experience. The teachers were very kind and genuine people. One of the best parts of our day was reflection time and getting to tell the teachers the highlights of our day. The teachers kept telling us that they were … Continue reading

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‘Janis Gerianne Silva Sedillo: A Journal by Sylvia Sedillo’


Reviewed by Mary Ann Coyle This is the story of a family who opened their hearts to welcome with love and care their youngest member, a child with Down’s Syndrome. It has been written by her sister, Sylvia, who began her turn as a live-in caregiver 15 years ago. Sylvia has made every effort to capture the life of her sister Janis, who now is experiencing the problems of many older persons. She is no longer able to live with a companion in her home and has moved to a nursing home in Albuquerque, N.M., where her own needs now … Continue reading

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Two Stones Look Lichen New


By Debra Kehl These are the stones that crushed the corn & wheat To make the bread the sisters used to eat O silent stones, did you your lips unseal What tales of long ago they might reveal On the Motherhouse property lichen likes to find its home on these old stones. I have attended to them three times over the years, guessing 15. First time I needed help from Kate Misbauer, who was the archivist. She located photos of the stones to see the words once painted black that were very faded. So, as of June 24 the stones … Continue reading

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Commitment Ceremony Set for Nov. 4


The commitment ceremony for Susan Classen and JoAnn Gates will be Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Motherhouse. The day will begin with a morning of reflection followed by a ritual in the afternoon. Save the date so you can be part of this celebration. Arrangements will be made to accommodate those who wish to participate from a distance.

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Loretto Helps Defeat Obamacare Repeal


Loretto was a part of the massive effort to defeat the repeal of Obamacare. Along with all of our phone calls, our visits to Congress members’ offices and protests, we were among the 7,150 signatories of a letter to U.S. Senators delivered by Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social Service and executive director of NETWORK. Our president, Pearl McGivney, and our Mission Activities coordinator, Eileen Harrington, made Loretto’s presence in this effort a reality.

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‘And Still We Rise’


Jacque Foster, pastor of the Compton Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in St. Louis, reports on the congregation’s program called “And Still We Rise: a Six-Part Study on Personal and Congregational Transformation.” She explains that as church and as individuals, we “are always on a journey; always being transformed.” A few years ago this congregation committed to a “time of prayer, self-searching and listening for where God was calling us.” They called this searching time “Compton Rising.” She continues in her church newsletter, “The result was that we claimed a bold vision, and structured ourselves to live into our … Continue reading

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Loretto & Nerinx: In Good Company


              By Annie Stevens and Donna Day Sixty people — members of the Loretto Community, Nerinx Hall faculty, students and board members — gathered in the Loretto Chapel for a prayer service April 24. Pearl McGivney welcomed everyone, speaking words of gratitude for the decades of excellent Loretto education at Nerinx. Several Nerinx students presented the Loretto Community with a giant card of thanks. Nerinx President John Gabriel lit the candles of several Nerinx staff members nearby as Mary Louise Denny began a litany of hope for the future of Nerinx. Declared Mary Louise, … Continue reading

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