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CoLs

For more than 40 years, Loretto Co-members have enriched the life of Loretto. Their presence is reflected in relationships, service on committees, financial support and participating in the many missions of Loretto. Learn more about the Co-Members of Loretto.

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Seematter CoL

By Loretto Community / January 8, 2022 /

Loretto Co-member Mary Seematter died Jan. 8 at Laclede Groves Senior Care Community in Webster Groves, Mo. She was surrounded by family in her final weeks and days. Mary, 84,…

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Working toward healing

By Christina Manweller / December 7, 2021 /

Building a preschool in Vietnam Paulette Peterson CoL had started preschools in the U.S., so when she arrived in Vietnam in 1974, she went to work establishing a preschool at…

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On the ground as the North Vietnamese army advanced

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 7, 2021 /
A young boy sits on the knee of a smiling woman.

Aiding orphans in Vietnam wasn’t new to Ruth Routten CoL, an American Airlines flight attendant who, on her days off, had escorted children from Vietnam to adoptive families starting in…

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Vietnam: answering the call

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 7, 2021 /
Three women, one holding a baby stand in a doorway in this black and white archival photo.

‘Get your passport, get your shots; I need help.’ Susan Carol McDonald SL to Mary Nelle Gage SL in June 1973 The Vietnam War gave rise to thousands of orphans.…

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Spotlight Video: Beth Blissman

By Loretto Community / November 24, 2021 /
Headshot of Beth Blissman CoL

This year we recognize and celebrate 30 years of Loretto’s presence at the United Nations. The Loretto Community is accredited with consultative status at the U.N., where we advocate on…

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In Remembrance: Loretto Honors All Saints and All Souls

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2021 /
An angel and a cross are profiled in front of the setting sun.

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, tells us that the same Spirit who inspired and guided our founders gathers us in community today. We walk with all those “Friends of…

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Loretto and the Farm Worker Ministry: Standing Together for 50 Years!

By Loretto Community / September 27, 2021 /
Three women lean in for a photo together at a celebration

What was on your dinner table this evening? Perhaps you enjoyed strawberries or lettuce, tomatoes, chilies, soybean products, cherries, corn, carrots, potatoes, avocados, beets and more, all representative of God’s…

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‘Expecting All from God’s Goodness’

By Loretto Community / September 13, 2021 /
Two women hold hands in prayer, while others reflect

To describe Loretto spirituality, a person would need to create a big canvas. On the canvas would be the photo of every member, the places where Loretto members do mission,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Rose Marie Nielsen CoL

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2021 /

Rose Marie Stevens Nielsen was the daughter of Mary Nell Culp Stevens and Barnabas Ventress Stevens Jr. In 1957, Rose Marie was received into Loretto as Sister Rose Timothy. She…

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Remembrance of the Life of Marcia Kaldenhoven CoL

By Loretto Community / August 29, 2021 /

Loretto Co-member Marcia Coleman Kaldenhoven of Heemstede, the Netherlands, was Sister Jean Martin Coleman for eight years and then transferred her vowed membership to Loretto co-membership. She died Aug. 29…

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Former Kentucky convent finds new life as compassionate care home

By Loretto Community / July 29, 2021 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on July 28, 2021 It has been said with some authority (Mark 2:22) that one does not put new wine into old wineskins. That…

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Gifts Freely Given: Loretto Talents on Display!

By Loretto Community / July 25, 2021 /
A woman smiles from behind her camera.

Loretto Archives keeps thousands of pictures of our Sisters and Co-members — very fun photos, views of celebrations, service, pictures of religious experiences and so much more. Each image tells…

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