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Two Loretto Members to Visit Ghana


                              The Ghana Sister Community Committee is sending two Loretto Community members to Ghana to experience Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity (FST) Community life and ministry and to follow up the work of earlier meetings. (See Interchange, Dec. 2016, Vol. #10, No. 10.) Kay Carlew and Maria Visse will leave Nov. 16 and return Dec. 18. Ghana Sister Community Committee members are Pauline Albin, Betsy Clute, Marie Ego, Carole Eschen and Lillian Moskeland.

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An Update on the Fracking Fields


By Theresa Kubasak Editor’s Note: The last issue of Interchange reported on Loretto’s participation in resistance to the Pennsylvania pipeline and the gathering in Lancaster, Pa., at the site owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. Here is Theresa Kubasak’s report on what has happened since. U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey L. Schmehl ruled against the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, stating that Williams Co. has the right to take the sisters’ land by eminent domain. Schmehl said Williams would suffer “irreparable harm” from the financial cost of not going ahead with the pipeline at that particular … Continue reading

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Special Needs Fund: Promoting Loretto Mission


By Sue Rogers The Special Needs Fund, established by the General Assembly of 1973, has been active in promoting Loretto mission for 44 years. The Special Needs Fund has provided a combination of grant funds promoting social change and emergency funding to assist Loretto’s economically disadvantaged neighbors in times of crisis. The 1973 Loretto General Assembly mandated the creation of a “fund for the disadvantaged.” The decision read in part: “… we begin this year to include in the Congregation’s operating budget an expenditure for the support of the disadvantaged, representing a certain percentage of our operating income. As a … Continue reading

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Introducing the 2017-2018 Loretto Volunteers


By Mallory Daily Many of the 2017-2018 group of Loretto Volunteers had traveled far, some coming from as far as Washington and Florida to take their first steps as a Loretto Volunteer on the Motherhouse grounds. Their program of orientation was in mid-August. Because the Loretto Volunteer Program seeks young adults with a diversity of interests, spiritual practices and visions for justice and peace, I wondered how well our group would mesh. Any anxieties I felt were quickly assuaged. This group came together quite beautifully before I could even utter the words, “Welcome to Loretto.” The Volunteers’ direct contact with … Continue reading

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Loretto Locations Enjoy Spectacular Solar Eclipse


                                        By Martha Alderson St. Louis and other Missouri points were in the path of the remarkable total eclipse of the sun Aug. 21. For most of us it was a once-in-a-lifetime event and much anticipated. At the Motherhouse and in Denver, the eclipse was not quite total but nevertheless a special event. It was a time for paying attention to the science of revolution of heavenly bodies, of warnings about protecting eyesight, of finding the perfect spot for viewing and … Continue reading

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Denver Community Celebrates Cecily’s Life and Work


A celebration of the life and work of Cecily (“Peggy”) Jones took place in Denver Aug. 13. About 60 co-workers, collaborators, Community members and other friends gathered at Loretto Center for songs, poetry and storytelling. Pat McCormick and Sue Kenney planned and led the event, and friends and Community members brought food for continuing the celebrating. Pat read an account that included a comprehensive review of Cecily’s peace work in Denver. As a member of a very special household, including Mary Luke Tobin, Helen Sanders, Carol Dunphy and Sara Frink, Cecily worked with all of them in addition to holding … Continue reading

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Kathleen Corbett Celebrates 50 Years in Loretto


By Mary E. (Buffy) Boesen Surrounded by Loretto Community members, friends from her parish and friends from Holy Cross Catholic School where she teaches and has taught for five years, Kathleen Corbett celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a Sister of Loretto. The celebration took place Aug. 19 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces, N.M. After Mass Kathleen shared these remarks: “For me this is a celebration of God’s faithfulness. Through every experience, the beautiful Providence of God has been at work in unexpected ways, wonderful surprises, lasting joy deeper … Continue reading

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Do You Have Cecily’s Poetry?


Did Cecily Jones happen to send you a poem, perhaps a special one written for you, that you think we might not have? Loretto is planning a new book with her later poems. We think we have all of them, but perhaps you have one we do not have. If you think you do, please contact Peg Jacobs at the Motherhouse. We probably can tell by the title whether yours is a poem we don’t have. If that is the case, we will ask you to please copy the poem to send to Peg, and keep your original.

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#DACA #Here to Stay


                                                John and Lillian Moskeland joined Dayton, Ohio, residents who stood in front of Republican Rep. Mike Turner’s offices Sept. 5 to support Dreamers and the Hope Act. Singers, speakers and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) representatives gathered with more than 200 citizens to call upon Turner to listen to what is morally correct. Lillian was joined by Bela Mes, whom she met at the Motherhouse while Bela was in retreat this past year. Bela … Continue reading

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California Billboards Feature Kim Klein


Kim Klein was featured on billboards in the San Francisco area advertising a Sept. 19 conference on fundraising, Kim’s specialty. The poster at right was at the Embarcadero Muni Stop (trolley stop in San Francisco). There was also one on a bus and one on the outside of a public toilet in the city’s Mission District. The people who placed the ads agreed to place them when they had space, so they were a bit random. At the conference one person interviewed all of the speakers, asking what were their biggest lessons, biggest mistakes and what kept them in this … Continue reading

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