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A Review of ‘Dying: A Slow Process’ by Marie L. Ego


By Mary Anne Reese “It got harder and harder to watch my mom die in small increments so I tried to write my thoughts,” Marie Ego says in the introduction to her new chapbook, Dying: a Slow Process. “These free verse poems are the result of that writing.” Marie’s mother, Margaret Ivancic Ego, died at age 97 in the Loretto Infirmary. In her final years, Margaret suffered dementia. Marie set the tone for the chapbook in her opening poem, “A Walk with Mom.” We see daughter and mother walking with their hands clasped behind their backs. Their conversations are now … Continue reading

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‘Blasphemy: A Memoir’ by Asia Bibi


Reviewed by Mary Ann Lovett Asia Bibi is the first woman sentenced to death for transgressing article 295C of the Pakistan penal code. This article is often used without adequate grounds to settle disagreements between Pakistani citizens. Asia, a Christian, maintains she did not defile Muhammed’s name, which is punishable by death. Since 2009, she has awaited her hanging while her attorney appeals to the courts. It was hearing an online interview with Bishop Joseph Coutts of Pakistan that led me to read Asia Bibi’s book. Asia, an uneducated Pakistani from a remote village in the Punjab, is the mother … Continue reading

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Los Alamos: A Time of Transformation, Part Two


By Mary Ann McGivern At Los Alamos on Aug. 6 and 9 the resistance community walked in sackcloth carrying small plastic bags of ashes, about a mile uphill toward the laboratory buildings. At the top of the hill, everyone, about 200 who had been walking in silence, sat down to pray for half an hour. Most emptied their bags of ashes and sat in them. Some put the ashes on their faces. (Jonah 3: 5-7 describes the repentance of the king of Nineveh.) Each year in preparation local community members cut sackcloth feed bags for people to wear. They collect … Continue reading

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Transforming Time: 70th Anniversary of Bombing of Japan


By Byron Plumley The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, was marked in Denver with a commemoration at the outdoor labyrinth at Montview Presbyterian Church. Ninety people gathered from Denver, Greeley, Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colo. Many nonviolent peace activists from the Rocky Flats anti-nuclear campaign were present to continue the witness calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. The commemoration included singing and walking the labyrinth as events of nuclear history and moments of hope were read as were excerpts from the Humanitarian Pledge, signed by 113 nations as of May 2015, calling for … Continue reading

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Loretto Heights Alumnae Honor Maureen McCormack and Lydia Peña


By Judith Baenen The Loretto Heights College Alumnae honored two favorite faculty members, Maureen McCormack and Lydia Peña, at their Annual Reunion Mass and Luncheon July 18. Father Marty Lally celebrated the Mass in the chapel of what is now Colorado Heights College. At the luncheon, which also honored two impressive graduates who were members of the class of 1965, Maureen received the Lumen Christi Award, which is given to “an outstanding and beloved member of the Loretto Heights faculty or staff.” Lydia was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award, given for “outstanding lifetime achievement or significant contributions to the community.” … Continue reading

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Loretto Beyond Boundaries: The Final Vows of Maria Daniel and Samina Iqbal


By Maureen Fiedler Loretto is reaching out … “beyond boundaries…” (I am the Way, #35). That was the theme of Mary Catherine Rabbitt’s homily at the liturgy celebrating the final vows of Maria Daniel and Samina Iqbal in the Motherhouse church on Aug. 8. Mary Catherine noted that the “House of Loretto” has often seemed more like a mobile home than a single foundation … leading us out of Kentucky to Missouri, to Santa Fe, China, Latin America and countless other places … and now … to Pakistan. “We are in good company,” she said, “when we say that the … Continue reading

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El Paso Community Welcomes New Co-member Pilar Gonzalez


By Mary Peter Bruce On June 8, the El Paso Loretto Community gathered at El Convento to celebrate new co-member Pilar Gonzalez! Buffy Boesen welcomed everyone and reminded us that Loretto’s greatest asset is the life of every member. She invited us to introduce ourselves and to explain our link to Loretto and to Pilar. Accompanying Pilar were her family, including her mother and father who traveled from Monterrey, Mexico, for the occasion, her daughters Sara and Pilar and her husband, Virgilio. Several teachers from Loretto Academy and Loretto sisters and co-members also joined in the celebration. After a lovely … Continue reading

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Loretto Welcomes New Co-member George McShea


By Pat McCormick For several decades, George McShea has had the distinct advantage of living with a co-member, his wife, Pat Miller McShea. As a member of the Maryknoll Society, he visited Maryknoll ministries in six Latin American countries. He and Pat have been members of a monthly prayer group for 30 years. The group includes former Maryknollers. George has a master’s in special education, and he started the special education program at Littleton High School in Littleton, Colo., where he was chairperson of that department for 29 years. George’s love of the Catholic Church is evidenced by his lifelong … Continue reading

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Joy Jensen Celebrates Her 50th Jubilee and Renews Her Vows


By Rita Bruegenhagen On July 1, Joy Jensen celebrated 50 years of religious life. A lovely Jubilee dinner table was set with a gold tablecloth, a beautiful centerpiece, name cards — and paper plates. The water was to be turned off at 1 p.m. to replace a water meter. This did not detract from the delicious dinner and special chocolate cake. The Jubilee Mass was celebrated at 3:30 p.m. with Father Irvin Mouser officiating. His opening remarks centered on gratitude and generosity. Kathy Wright’s homily was a reflection on the readings about the blind man, Bartimaeus, and the story of … Continue reading

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Four Kentucky Women Celebrate Co-membership


By Cecily Jones In a ritual combining song, personal stories, poetry and candle-lighting, four recently accepted co-members, all Kentucky women, celebrated their commitments June 27 at the Motherhouse. Centerpiece of the ceremony was the sequence of each one’s telling her Loretto story that culminated in her commitment. Betsy Clute credited her mother, co-member Mary Clute, now an Infirmary resident, with leading her “on a path that has always felt right for the journey of my heart.” She cited words that define Loretto for her: home, family, grounding, inspiration, open minds, nourishment, wisdom, loving arms. Her relationships within Loretto, she said, … Continue reading

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