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Mary Ann McGivern Retires — Not So Fast!

Posted on November 1, 2019, by Martha Alderson CoL

Mary Ann McGivern

Interchange never sleeps.” This was always Mary Ann McGivern’s motto as an Interchange editor.

Many Loretto members heard that statement from Mary Ann, along with, “Why don’t you write it up? Readers will want to know the details.” She also often pointed out that Interchange is contributor-driven, meaning that it could not exist without contributions from members. Of course, there were times Mary Ann wrote articles herself, doing double duty as writer and editor. She says that she has a good nose for news, and that was truly so.

Wearing a ‘New Hat’ as Loretto’s Development Director

It’s true that Mary Ann has retired from being an editor of Interchange. However, she is taking on a new job, a big one, Loretto’s Development Director, as Denise Ann Clifford, formerly development director, also makes a transition to a new position at the Motherhouse. Mary Ann will work from St. Louis and will be involved with the staff members in Denver who make Loretto Magazine, her new major publication, happen.

Mary Ann figures she had three stints as Interchange editor. She is not sure just how many issues she edited, but in 2019 she edited the large July/August/September issue. She was to edit the December issue, but that is just not practical as she takes on a new responsibility.

We wish her every success in her new role.

Now Mary Ann wears a new hat and makes a new appeal to Loretto members and friends. Her October letter in Loretto Magazine issues an invitation to be involved with Loretto in many ways: visiting the Volunteer houses, going to the U.S./Mexico border with the Latin America/Caribbean Committee, lobbying Congress on behalf of refugees, participating in workshops with the Peace Committee, and making financial contributions. It seems she has a new idea every day for expanding Loretto’s presence in the world.

We on the Interchange staff will miss Mary Ann’s ideas and expertise. We wish her every success in her new role.


Martha Alderson CoL

Martha Alderson has been a Loretto Co-member since 1984. She is retired from the publishing industry and more recently from being on the Loretto Community staff as coordinator of co-membership services. She served one term on the first Community Forum. For several years she was an editor and layout person for Interchange (Loretto's internal newsletter) and now edits two issues of that newsletter. At the present she is on the Special Needs Committee and the Motherhouse Coordinating Board. She does the occasional proofreading and editing of Loretto publications.
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