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Loretto Community Calls on Congress to Halt Separation of Migrant Children from Parents


  June 15, 2018 The Loretto Community, which includes the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto Co-members, today joined people of conscience and faith everywhere in denouncing the U.S. government policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Loretto President Sister Pearl McGivney said, “I and many in the Loretto Community have spent our lives working with beautiful migrant and refugee families.  I join with our brother, U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference President Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, in calling this policy exactly what it is:  immoral.” McGivney urged all who have attended Loretto schools, worked in Loretto ministries, … Continue reading

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Loretto Denver Center Now Havern School


By Marlene Spero May 1, the Denver Loretto Center officially became Havern School. Loretto’s 2015 Assembly made the decision to sell the Center to a group that shared Loretto values and would be in sync with the Loretto land ethic. The Havern and Loretto communities are pleased that this piece of green space will remain, and that Havern will continue to meet the learning needs of many special children. In March 2014, Roybal Corporation Architects conducted a complete facility assessment of the Denver Center to examine the integrity of the building and the various systems within. Although the building is … Continue reading

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Denver Staff Office Relocates Temporarily


The Denver Staff Office temporarily has moved to 7114 W. Jefferson Ave., Lakewood, Colo. The move took place to allow Havern School to make necessary renovations to the building. The Staff Office hopes to be back at 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd. in Littleton, Colo., by September. All mail should continue to be sent to the Wadsworth address. All office telephone numbers remain the same.

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Like Trees, Loretto’s Deep Roots Thrive in Denver and Beyond


By Cathy Mueller Trees speak a lot about our lives, our growth, our rootedness. When I look at the grounds around Loretto Center in Denver, I am surprised and humbled by the many trees that tower above us. I think of the change since 1964 when we first moved there. As I hear the Havern students laugh and play on the grass, I am reminded of young women who once played there, including volleyball in the gym and walking down to the dirt road of Wadsworth each day after lunch. It was a time of deepening roots that have nurtured … Continue reading

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Making Movies: Loretto Captures Closings of Three Beloved Locations


By Eleanor Craig Using high-flying drones, video and still cameras, interviews, photos and documents from the Loretto Heritage Center, Neil Tucker and I have been making movies about the closings of three well-loved Loretto places: the St. Louis Loretto Center, Nazareth Hall in El Paso and the Denver Loretto Center. All three buildings were erected at virtually the same time in the early 1960s in a coordinated plan to meet the needs of Loretto’s youngest and oldest members. All three have been transitioned several times to meet changing needs. And all three recently have been sold, creating significant changes for … Continue reading

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Bigger Than Us


By Susan Classen “Though your destination is not yet clear you can trust the promise of this opening; unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning.” — John O’Donohue This is bigger than us. — The awareness that we are participants in something larger than our respective communities was strengthened the last weekend of April as Loretto’s Emerging Forms Working Group met in Wisconsin with the Sinsinawa Dominican’s Emerging Forms Committee. The Dominicans also were joined by their Relationships for Missions Team. From the beginning to the end, we experienced the energy and resonance that can only happen when the Spirit … Continue reading

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Loretto Recognizes Responsibility to Work With Others to Defer Climate Change in Ohio River Basin


By Joy Jensen Editor’s Note: This is the last of the four-part series. The Loretto Motherhouse is situated in the Ohio River Basin. The basin is an area that drains into the Ohio River from the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River. Both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published articles on the federal study that details impacts of climate change on the Ohio River Basin. The study formulates adaptive strategies addressing infrastructure components in the basin. The study is entitled “Ohio River … Continue reading

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Mary Denis Bruck, Mary Kenneth Lewis Celebrate 75th Jubilee


By Mary Peter Bruce April 25 the Loretto Community celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Mary Denis Bruck and Mary Kenneth Lewis with a Mass and special dinner at the Motherhouse. At dinner in the dining room after Mass, two reserved tables with 12 settings each were set aside for Mary Denis’s and Mary Ken’s invited guests. The special meal was served to all. The honorees’ meal was topped off by two cakes baked by Patti Byrd, one each for Mary Denis and Mary Ken. Seventy-five years earlier, the two women received the habit of the Sisters of Loretto April 25, … Continue reading

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Loretto Volunteer Program Expands to El Paso


By Mallory Daily Like many a good story, this one starts with an ice storm in Kentucky. Mary Swain was driving us to the Louisville airport. Claudia Calzetta and I woke early on a cold February morning to find our windshields covered with a thick layer of ice, and the roads in most spots didn’t fare any better. The trip from the Motherhouse to the Louisville airport, which usually takes an hour, took us approximately two hours. I remember thinking, “If we don’t make this flight, we might not be able to expand the Volunteer Program to El Paso! We … Continue reading

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Loretto Women’s Network Selects Diverse Group for 2018 Mary Rhodes Awardees


By LWN Coordinators Jean East, Anna Koop, Mary Nelson and Karen Wehrman Mary Rhodes was a pioneer who represents the spirit of Loretto, shaping new pathways and extending “the boundaries of learning and justice, of human dignity and peace … and efforts on behalf of the poor” (I Am the Way). The Loretto Women’s Network honors Mary Rhodes at Assembly by giving awards in her name to persons who embody the spirit of Loretto’s humble beginnings and work for justice. Since 1981, the Loretto Community through the Loretto Women’s Network has honored women notable for their accomplishments in working for … Continue reading

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