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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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Loretto Creativity Shows the ‘Wholeness Hidden in All Things’

By Loretto Community / August 3, 2020 /

The Spirit of God is not bound; it reveals itself in the lives of everyone. “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions,  #41 The letter to the Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “We are God’s work of art.” We are all artists, whether we realize it or not. And as artists we are called to look around…

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Cecily Jones: a poet for today

By Martha Alderson CoL / June 12, 2020 /
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The Porch of Possibility, Vol. II, by Cecily Jones SL (1924–2017), is available for purchase. The book, published in 2018, includes 33 poems, most com-posed after Vol. I was published in 2013, but there are a few older poems that were found among Cecily’s private papers. Below is an excerpt from the collection’s title poem. “The…

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

By Debra Kehl CoL / July 1, 2019 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

“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 /

“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 /

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 /

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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