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Students give back at the Motherhouse

Posted on February 17, 2023, by Sister Anndavid Naeger SL

Two high school girls holding garden tools stand outside in mulch next to two women, also holding garden tools, for a photo.
From left, working hard at the Motherhouse last summer, students Diana Velez and Olivia Link, chaperone Celia Bard and Susan Classen CoL take a break for a photo.
Photo by Neil Tucker CoL

After the long pandemic-caused delay of two summers, the student volunteers from our three Loretto-connected high schools in St. Louis, Denver and El Paso returned for a week with us. Their days were spent in tasks such as cleaning gravestones, spreading mulch, weeding, planting, etc., which they addressed with single-minded determination. The 13 students and five teachers also enjoyed tours, nature walks, knitting, cookie making, fishing, visiting, etc. When asked why she would come here to work so hard, one student replied, “I was with Loretto in El Paso from pre-K until now [high school junior]. I always wanted to know more about the sisters and where and how they started.” The undercurrent of quiet and peace will remain with the students as they return to their normal lives.

Excerpted from “Our Days at Loretto Motherhouse,”
Anndavid Naeger SL, editor, June 2022

To read all the articles in the Winter 2022-2023 issue of Loretto Magazine, click here.


Sister Anndavid Naeger SL

After years in a teaching career plus other endeavors, Sister Anndavid returned to the Motherhouse to create a "Sewing Loft". Every kind of sewing need enters and exits the space, including mending, upholstery, curtains, etc. When not dealing with a wide variety of sewing requests, material is gathered for a monthly newsletter which began in January 2003 called, "Our Days at Loretto Motherhouse." This historical record of the sites, sounds and activities here at the Motherhouse has a wide distribution and avid readers!
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