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Notes & News – Winter 2020

Posted on February 28, 2020, by Loretto Community

Sisters of Loretto honored in El Paso

From left: Elisa Rodriguez SL, Helen Santamaria SL, Mary Margaret Murphy SL, Liz Deines SL. Mary E. “Buffy” Boesen SL not pictured.
Photo by Pilar Gonzalez CoL

The Option for the Poor Award was given in recognition of the sisters’ many years of service “Working for Justice and acting for Peace in the El Paso Diocese.”

At the ceremony in El Paso, Texas, in November, Helen Santamaria SL gave the keynote, a reflection on the call of the Gospel to end racism today. Loretto Academy Alumna, Sofia Larkin ‘87 read the proclamation; the Rev. Ben Flores, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, presented the award to the sisters on behalf of Bishop Mark Seitz, who was traveling.

Loretto Denver busy with events

Attending the Motherhouse Land Preservation gathering in October 2019, from left: Mary Ellen McElroy SL, Joan Spero SL, Pat McCormick SL and Lisa Reynolds CoL.
Photo by Mary Nelle Gage SL
Jessie Rathburn CoL, Earth Education and Advocacy Coordinator, presents at the Land Preservation meeting.
Photo by Mary Nelle Gage SL
Discussion at the Motherhouse Land Preservation gathering; fom left: Joan Spero SL, Michele Stimac CoL, Loretto Volunteer Becca Krasky and Anna Koop SL.
Photo by Mary Nelle Gage SL
Yana Ludwig leads a facilitation training in January 2020. Libby Comeaux, CoL, on the left; Amy-Beth Fischoff, Nyland Co-Housing, right.
Photo by Lisa Reynolds CoL
In November 2019, Andy Loving and Joel Koerner from Just Money presented on investing responsibly.
Photo by Sue Kenney CoL

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  1. Avatar Tafra Perryman on February 4, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Hello to Sister Joan Spero from Tafra Perryman (her former co-worker @ St Mary’s Health Center)!
    So wonderful to see her picture on this website and read about what she’s doing!

    • Avatar Loretto Community on February 9, 2021 at 11:28 am

      Thank you, Ms. Perryman. We will be sure to let Sister Joan know of your greetings and kind comment.

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