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Notes & News – Spring/Summer 2020

Posted on June 12, 2020, by Loretto Community

Smithsonian exhibit group meets at Motherhouse 

By Susanna Pyatt, Loretto Heritage Center Curator 

The Loretto Heritage Center will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at Loretto City Hall in fall 2020 in partnership with the Beautify Loretto Committee and other local partners. We are planning and organizing programs and content specific to the town of Loretto and western Marion County. Our planning meetings are made up of Heritage Center staff and community friends, and include many others connected to the Motherhouse. 

Photo by Alecia Ford 

Group of people sitting around a table smiling at camera
Clockwise from left: Joyce Minkler, Susanna Pyatt (Loretto Heritage Center Curator), Ayla Toussaint (Loretto Heritage Center Archivist), Angela Rakes (Loretto Motherhouse Farm director’s spouse), Jamie Brown (Marion County teacher), Amanda 
Mattingly (Loretto Motherhouse Volunteer Director), Michael Bickett (Loretto Motherhouse Service Coordinator), Diane Mattingly 
(Beautify Loretto), Pat Ford (Marion County Economic Development Director), Marie Lourde Steckler SL and Kay Carlew SL 

A masked Holy Thursday Mass in Denver 

It was the most unusual Holy Thursday in memory at Holy Family Church in Denver where Loretto co-member the Reverend Marty Lally celebrated Mass for Loretto via Zoom. A few Community members were in attendance. 

Photo by Ruth Routten CoL

People attending Mass
From left, Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL, Jeanne Orrben CoL, Sue Kenney CoL, Martha Crawley CoL, Fr. Marty Lally CoL, Cathy Mueller SL, Mary Nelle Gage SL, Pat McCormick SL 

Bernheim Roadshow visits Motherhouse 

Woman writing
Mary Swain SL undertakes a letter-writing campaign on behalf of Bernheim. 

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest brought its roadshow to the Motherhouse on Feb. 18. A natural gas pipeline threatens the integrity of the 16,000-plus-acre forest—this proposed seizure of conservation land ignores easements that have been put in place to protect the biologically diverse land. This threat, should it become a reality, will have an irreversible impact on Bernheim’s wildlife, clean air and water, visitors and the quality of life throughout surrounding communities. 

Photo by Leslee Moore CoL

People standing in the woods
At center is Jessie Rathburn, Loretto’s Earth Education and Advocacy Coordinator, with Andrew Berry, Director of Conservation, Bernheim Forest, far left, 
and Bob Ernst CoL 

Photo by Marie Ego SL

People engaged in conversation
Roadshow attendees included, from left, Terry Mills, former Kentucky State Representative, Mary Swain SL and Kaye Edwards CoL 

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