Authors and Artists

Each book written, each artistic endeavor demonstrates the vision of Loretto members as they share their artistic gifts with the Community and beyond. Learn more about our Loretto Authors and Artists.

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Mother Nature Creates Her Own Art From Jeanne Dueber’s ‘Protected Community’

By Debra Kehl CoL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to the left of the road and you will see a carved tree trunk titled “Protected Community” sculpted by Jeanne Dueber in 2003. The eight carved figures around the trunk are slowly declining, from the center out mostly. In the beginning as Jeanne’s vision took root in…

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The Art of Being Useful

By Roberta Hudlow SL / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

As Loretto members demonstrate and march, Robert Strobridge (Stro) is with us in his well-made, colorful banners. They draw attention to the cause and announce the presence of the Loretto Community. Wherever Loretto members use them, they are noticed and photographed. His banners have been at demonstrations from our southern border to Standing Rock. We…

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Courage in Conflict

By Loretto Community / November 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

The booklet “Courage in Conflict: The Righteous Among Us” was created by the St. Louis Archdiocese’s Office of Consecrated Life. It was distributed at the Nov. 14 presentation on the topic at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. Among the essays featured in the booklet are pieces by Loretto Sisters Mary Nelle Gage and Susan Carol…

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Maureen Fiedler: Loretto Values in Action

By Jeannine Gramick SL / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

“Oh, honey, I listen to you all the time! Madeleine Albright With these words Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, greeted Maureen Fiedler before air-time on the radio show “Interfaith Voices,” a public radio newsmagazine on world religions, spirituality and ethics that is syndicated on 69 public and community radio stations…

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Loretto’s Second Century

By Loretto Community / March 21, 2018 / 0 Comments

“A Century of Change,” a book initiated by PJ Manion with the writing of 20 Loretto community members, was published just in time for the 2012 Loretto Jubilee. Judi Jennings, Executive Director of the Kentucky Women’s Foundation, had this to say: This book is a shining beacon to all who are engaged in the quest…

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Remembering Cecily: A Reflection

By Martha Alderson CoL / September 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

Cecily (Peggy mostly, to me) was so many qualities I admired and such support to me that it would take much too much time and space to elaborate. Nevertheless, I find there are two special qualities I want to remind us of. First, Cecily was ever the political activist, always working for justice. She called…

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Fine Art Shows Feature Talent of Jeanne Dueber

By Loretto Community / March 31, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Mary Swain Jeanne Dueber won the Second Place Merit Award Feb. 25 in the Owensboro, Ky., Art Guild’s 55th Juried Exhibition. Forty-nine artists, each with one or two pieces, entered the exhibition. Entries were in multimedia, painting and sculpture. Jeanne’s piece is named “Birth” and is in cast aluminum. It is reminiscent of the…

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Stro’s Banners Reflect Message of Border March

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

A vibrant group of 11 representing Loretto attended the October marches and rallies at the Convergence at the Border of Nogales, Mexico, and Sonora, Ariz. Events took place on both sides of the border. Loretto participants reported that the marches and rallies had been inspiring. One of the biggest crowds, they said, gathered at the…

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Loretto Goes to World Humanitarian Summit 2016

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2016 / 0 Comments

By Theresa Kubasak “I’ve been at the Summit for two days and this is the best thing I’ve heard! We need to listen to refugees. Everyone in Europe should be listening. We need to listen to this!” The responder, Andrea Bellardinelli from Programma Italia Emergency, was correct in the assessment that most of the sessions…

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Kim Klein Publishes New Edition

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / July 1, 2016 / 0 Comments

Co-member and veteran fund raiser Kim Klein has just published the seventh edition of her classic book, Fundraising for Social Change. For more than 30 years, Fundraising for Social Change has been the hands-on guide to raising money from individuals. With a specific focus on grassroots organizations working for justice, it is one of the…

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We Try Hard to Do Good — But Sometimes We Make Mistakes

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2015 / 0 Comments

By Mary Ann McGivern Connie Newton and her co-author Fran Early have written Doing Good … Says Who? to help us better understand the flaws in our middle class efforts to help the poor and how to work together instead of “help.” It’s a deceptively simple book, five chapters where each tells a story about…

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Sandy’s Joyful Week

By Loretto Community / November 9, 2015 / 0 Comments

By Mary Peter Bruce The day Sandy Ardoyno received news from Mobile, Ala., that she would receive an award from McGill-Toolen High School, where she taught for nearly 45 years, she was very happy and proud. Sandy and four other graduates — a business man, two doctors and a dentist — were being inducted into…

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