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 Jeannine Swift CoL

By Loretto Community / January 14, 2016 /

March 5, 1935-Dec. 13, 2015 Jeannine Swift, who has been a Loretto member for 62 continuous years, began life as Jeanne Carolyn, the daughter of William Harold and Loretta Knischel Swift. They and their seven children belonged to St. Agnes Parish in Springfield, Mo. Jeanne attended both elementary and high school in the parish, where Sisters…

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Remembrance of the Life of Fred Harris CoL

By Loretto Community / January 4, 2016 /

Feb. 14, 1928 – Dec. 12, 2015 Fred Harris was born in Flint, Mich. He was raised as an only child by devout Catholic parents who sent him to Catholic high school and college. Fred spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, mostly in the Panama Canal Zone, and six months at Lowry Air…

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Remembrance of the Life of Mary Louise Pope Clute CoL

By Loretto Community / December 9, 2015 /

March 7, 1924 – Nov. 24, 2015 Mary Pope Clute was born in Harlan, Ky. Her father, Charles Pope, met Louise Arrowood, a nurse from Mars Hill, N.C., while he was recovering in Harlan Hospital from an emergency appendectomy.  They fell in love and were married the next year.  Charles was a young widower with three children.…

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The Formation of a Class of Co-Members

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2015 /

By the Study Group CIP Class of 2015 Sometime late in the year 2012, at the suggestion of Mary Ken Lewis, a small group of vowed members from Loretto Motherhouse and prospective co-members who live in the area (including Louisville and Lexington, Ky.) began a study group of I Am The Way. We met once…

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Remembrance of the Life of Michelle Tooley CoL

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2015 /

Jan. 31, 1953 – May 26, 2015 Michelle Tooley was born in Lufkin, Texas, the oldest of four children. In her application for Loretto co-membership, Michelle wrote about her growing up as “a daughter of the South. My early years were spent in several small Texas towns and later three Louisiana towns where we went…

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Remembrance of the Life of Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL

By Loretto Community / March 23, 2015 /

Jan. 31, 1921 – March 15, 2015 After 94 years of enjoying life, Harriet (Tip) Barker Altmix CoL died on March 15, 2015. Tip was born in Denver, Colo., to Charles and Harriet Barker in 1921 and grew up the sixth of seven children. She loved learning and completed high school when she was only…

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Remembrance of the Life of Brian Hammond CoL

By Loretto Community / March 5, 2015 /

Nov. 2, 1943 — March 1, 2015 Brian Hammond was born in 1943, the older of two boys only 14 months apart. When Brian was 9 his father became seriously ill, and three years later his father died. Brian became the “man of the house” and took responsibility for a variety of household chores along…

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Remembrance of the Life of Margaret Drury CoL

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2015 /

Sept. 28, 1929—Feb. 18, 2015 Margaret Cotillion Powell was born at home in Loretto, Ky. Margaret’s father Robert Powell was killed at the railroad tracks in Loretto before she was born. Her mother, Jane Elizabeth Miles Powell raised Margaret and her eight brothers and sisters through the very difficult years of the depression. Margaret began…

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Remembrance of the Life of Don McCloskey CoL

By Loretto Community / January 26, 2015 /

Nov. 21, 1937 — Jan. 13, 2015 Don McCloskey approached his death like he had learned to approach each day of his life: open, present, feeling his feelings, communicating from the heart, eliciting an ever-deepening awareness and shared acceptance tinged with hope. How did he get that way? He grew up in Denver’s west side in St.…

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Remembrance of the Life of Jim Schumacher CoL

By Loretto Community / November 13, 2014 /

Co-member Jim Schumacher, husband of co-member Mary Roberts, died the morning of Nov. 2 after a long illness. Jim was born in St Louis, the fourth of five children of George J. and Louise Bender Schumacher. He and his wife, Mary Ann Roberts, the former Loretto Sister Marian Jeanne, became Co-members in 2004.

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Mary Ann Lovett Returns to Loretto as a Co-member

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2014 /

By Mary Catherine Rabbitt No one has taken the task of becoming a Loretto Co-member more seriously or intently than Mary Ann Lovett! Mary Ann DeBaggio Lovett first met the Sisters of Loretto at St. Ann’s Grade School in Arlington, Va., from which she graduated in 1959. In 1963 she enrolled as a freshman at…

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Remembrance of the life of Marita Michenfelder Woodruff CoL

By Loretto Community / February 18, 2014 /

December 7, 1927 — February 17, 2014

Marita Woodruff was the second of five children of Albert and Ruth Donahue Michenfelder. Baptized Ann Ruth, she attended elementary school at Our Holy Redeemer, just down the street from the family home. Ann graduated from Webster Groves High School and then from Webster College, both also very near the Michenfelder home. According to her sister, Mary Phelan, Marita loved theatre, “She used to give neighborhood plays, and she did theater all through high school and college.”

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