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Loretto Welcomes Cathy Darnell as Newest Co-member!


By Lisa Reynolds Cathy has a long history with Loretto. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy (1967), where she made numerous close connections, including Elizabeth Ann Compton, Scholastica, Ann Carmel and Anthony Mary Sartorius. After graduation, and through her service on the board at SMA, she came to know and work with many more Loretto members. She had a strong bond with Kath O’Malley, and Mary Catherine Rabbitt served as her contact person. Cathy is a fourth-generation Colorado native and lives in Denver, where she works part time as an event coordinator with Allwell Rents. She also consults … Continue reading

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Remembering Ann Manganaro


By Barbara Roche June 6 Loretto Community members joined the Manganaro family and friends of Ann Manganaro at Loretto Center in St. Louis to commemorate the 21st anniversary of Ann’s death. We shared memories and celebrated her spirit, which continues to live on in all of us and in the work of the Clínica Ana Manganaro in Guarjila, El Salvador. The gathering opened with the song, “Simple Gifts,” and included a reading of Ann’s reflections on making final vows and one of Ann’s poems. Participants shared memories, including of working with Ann at the Neighborhood School, living with Ann at … Continue reading

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Katie Jones Expresses Gratitude to the Loretto Community; Justina Shaw Takes Reins of Loretto Volunteer Program


I have had the privilege of serving the Loretto Community as volunteer coordinator since 2010. This past June, I moved on to another job. The program will continue under the direction of Justina Shaw who is based in Washington, D.C., with support from Claudia Calzetta in St. Louis. Continue reading

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A Trip of a Lifetime — Seeing and Experiencing Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa


By Rosemary Chinnici Photos by Mary Grove and Rosemary Chinnici (Editor’s note: This is the full story of Rosemary’s trip, including more details about Robben Island, wonderful quotes from other writers who have visited Africa and some excellent photos of the animals she saw on the safaris.) Along with three other friends from California, I signed up for a three week trip with Overseas Adventure Travel, (OAT) a wonderful travel company that is committed to its travelers actually seeing and experiencing a country and also learning from the local people. In our case we visited four countries in Africa – … Continue reading

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‘Sister Sodelbia Hughes Memorial Bridge’ Dedication Set July 14


  Locals have had it right all along. Now it just will be official. For years, many area residents have called the Kentucky Route 1183 bridge, which crosses Hardin’s Creek as it runs toward Beech Fork River, “Sister Sodelbia’s Bridge.” That’s because Sister Sodelbia Hughes SL, was responsible for getting the bridge and road leading to it built. The bridge connects Marion and Washington counties in the Manton community. Manton Public School, where Sister Sodelbia worked for 27 years after having opened the school in 1925, sits nearby the creek and river. Both presented problems on the road to the school even … Continue reading

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Loretto Marching with the Wounded


By Trish Herron June 21st was the first day of summer. Coinciding with that heat were the anger, frustration and the wounds of dealing with the Albuquerque, N.M., Police Department, Mayor Berry and our City Council. As you probably already know, 25 people have been shot and killed by our Police since 2010. This is an extraordinary number considering Albuquerque’s size of just over a million. The “Oversight Committee” assigned to investigate these killings has always exonerated the police, even in light of damning evidence. There has been an uprising of sorts here, to call attention to this discrepancy of … Continue reading

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Loretto Motherhouse Hosts Art Exhibit July 6-31


An art exhibit featuring the work of Loretto Community artists and others will run July 6-31 in the newly created art studio space, located on the first floor of the novitiate building at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. The exhibit will open with a reception for the artists and their friends and the general public 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6. It will remain open to the public 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Fridays through July. All are welcome! The studio space is a fine arts room that has been transformed into an exhibit area for the … Continue reading

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Award-Winning Heritage Center!


The Loretto Heritage Center has recently been selected for an Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History. As the Award letter says, “The AASLH Leadership in History Awards is the nation’s most prestigious competition for recognition of achievement in state and local history.” Continue reading

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The Osage Tribe and Loretto Share a Long Faith-filled History


by Roberta Hudlow
Interchange Online

This year is the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of St. Louis so there are many celebrations. The Osage Nation organized a weeklong group of celebrations. This land was first their land, and they later profited from trade with the Chouteau family. The Osage are a proud people, proud of their Osage heritage, proud of their Catholic faith and grateful for those who brought them knowledge and faith. Continue reading

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Loretto Earth Network News – Spring 2014


The spring issue of Loretto Earth Network News is out! Continue reading

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