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.

Sister Gabriel Mary’s Artwork

By Susanna Pyatt / November 29, 2022 /
A smiling woman stands in a silkscreening workshop, holding up a beautiful print of pinks, reds and white.

Guess which artist is most represented in the Loretto Heritage Center? Sister Gabriel Mary Hoare! We have over 70 works by her in the collections here. People who have been…

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Residency leads to writing about family history

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2022 /

Published by The News-Enterprise on August 25, 2022 An interest in writing about her family history inspires a local artist to complete a residency in Loretto. In partnership with the…

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Artists find peace at Nerinx

By Loretto Community / July 14, 2022 /

Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on July 13, 2022 “For most Marion County residents, the property in Nerinx owned by the Sisters of Loretto is just a place for retired…

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My Journey with WATER

By Catherine (Kitty) Madden CoL / June 1, 2022 /
A book cover, detailing the author, title, and an abstract background with blue and purple designs.

It all began with a simple request from Kathleen Tighe, “We would love to have you join the Outreach Committee team that helps prepare the quarterly Zoom rituals for the…

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The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking

By Martha Crawley CoL / September 1, 2021 /
A book cover titled "The Good Ancestor: A Radical Prescription for Long-Term Thinking by Roman Krznaric"

This is how things come to be: A while back, in a Community Group, Kitty Madden mentioned this book, “The Good Ancestor,” by Roman Krznaric. Jessie Rathburn picked up on…

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Bringing Peace

By Mary Swain SL / July 1, 2021 /
A book cover featuring a man with short grey hair and glasses playing a banjo and smiling with the title in bold white letters: What Belongs to God by David Edwards. The book is displayed standing on a rock in front of large white flowers and greenery.

David Edwards was a college student during the Vietnam War, planning to continue his studies in the seminary. He was thus exempt from the draft that threatened so many young…

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Loretto Artists, Authors Enhance Lives of Others with Their Talents

By Loretto Community / May 30, 2021 /
A woman sits at a table with pen and paper, contemplating what to write.

The Loretto Community celebrates the creative minds and hearts of its members. This week, we highlight authors, poets, artists and craftspeople. They enhance the life of the Community and the…

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White Fragility: A Conversation

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2020 /
A simple black book cover with white text with the title: White Fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism

By Ried Clark and Martha Crawley Nudged by the Spring Community Group discussion on race, six of us from Group 4 agreed to read and discuss White Fragility. We gathered…

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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,…

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Cecily Jones: a poet for today

By Martha Alderson CoL / June 12, 2020 /
A woman with short, grey hair, smiling for a picture while sitting in a lawn chair outdoors in autumn. She is wearing a dark blue striped sweater.

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…

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

By Debra Kehl CoL / July 1, 2019 /
A large wooden tree trunk surrounded by lush green trees on a sunny day.

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…

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The Art of Being Useful

By Roberta Hudlow SL / June 1, 2019 /
Two men sitting across from each other at a round table outdoors in a grass yard enjoying a meal. There are other empty chairs around them with additional plates of food and drinks.

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…

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