Reflections on the Closing of the Denver Center
“How wonderful to see so many people gathered here today as we celebrate more than 53 years of life, love and ministry that have emanated from those who lived and worked at this Center and who have touched the lives of countless individuals both near and far.
“Five minutes is a brief time to reflect on the past and dream about the future. In thinking about this reflection, many themes came and went. The most enduring was that of gratitude–thanksgiving for the multitude of ways this Center, its residents and ministries have been blessed throughout the years. God has given us every grace we needed and led us to build a house of peace and prayer for all people.
“What follows may perhaps be a trip down memory lane with sincere thanks for each group mentioned. Gratitude is the memory of the heart.
“Our deepest gratitude to Loretto’s congregational leaders who selected this beautiful piece of property in 1964 to provide religious formation to young women seeking to dedicate their lives to God in service of others.
“We give thanks for the hundreds of Sisters who have lived and worked in this building throughout more than half a century of existence providing a place of worship, community and hospitality for Loretto and many guests.
“Greatly appreciated is the generosity of the priests who have celebrated daily Eucharist and other Sacraments with the community since the Center began.
“Our deepest gratitude goes to the many generous donors who continue to support the sisters both active and retired and their diverse ministries within Loretto.
“Our heartfelt thanks to all the employees, past and present, who shared their talents in administration, food service, health care, housekeeping, maintenance and technology attending to the needs of the building, its occupants and guests.
“Loretto’s pioneer spirit was again evident in 1966/ when Loretto educators were among the first in the nation /to respond to the need for providing quality education to learning disabled students. Havern School has been an integral part of the Center for 51 years. We are grateful for Havern’s caring and competent staff who have positively changed the lives of countless students and their families.
“For 27 years many retired Loretto Center sisters staffed the Rhodes Tutoring Center earning the gratitude of parents and students alike for the extra academic help received while enrolled at Rhodes.
“The newest entity to join the Center was the Loretto Central Office staff. Their presence in the building for the past eight years has enabled the residents and staff to share expertise and work together on community-wide projects.
“The 24-year ministry of the Loretto Spirituality Center comes to a conclusion at the end of this month. The entire Denver community owes a great debt of gratitude to those heeding the voice of the Spirit in establishing and staffing the Spirituality Center. People of all faith traditions have found the Center a place of peace and serenity. Literally thousands of groups and individuals have found nourishment for both body and soul as they sought to deepen their relationships with God and reach out to their neighbor.
“As the door of Loretto Center is closing, the door of Havern School is opening wider. The Loretto legacy of education will continue in this space as Havern assumes ownership and implements its dreams to expand and serve more students in need of its specialized services.
“We are grateful that this property will remain a green space oasis with its grass, mature trees and solar panels, but most especially with the laughter of children who have new opportunities to be successful learners. May they carry on the values they have learned here to their children and their children’s children.
“We invite you to rejoice with us for all that has been in this sacred space and for all that is yet to come. God has walked with us every step of our journey. We praise God from whom all blessings flow.”
– Marlene Spero SL
Dec. 8, 2017