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El Paso

The high desert of the Southwest, El Paso, Texas, remains home to many Loretto members engaged in education, healthcare and service to those in need. In particular, we join with the local Church in responding to the growing needs of immigrant families.

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LoVos come together in support of migrants

By Annie Rosenkranz / July 6, 2022 /
Seven smiling people look down to the camera. A statue of the risen Christ on the cross towers above them in the clear blue sky.

Encuentro is Spanish for meeting, gathering, encounter — the act of coming together. For the Loretto Volunteer Program, our experience of encuentro at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso this…

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Buffy Boesen SL, longtime president of Loretto Academy in El Paso, passes the baton to Academy graduate

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2022 /
Buffy Boesen SL

The goodness I have experienced here is a font of endless joy and energy for me. Mary E. “Buffy” Boesen For more than 22 years Mary E. “Buffy” Boesen SL…

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Mexicans Facing Border Issues with Resilience

By Loretto Community / May 7, 2021 /

By Daniela Martell Mendoza Editor’s note: Daniela is a senior at Loretto Academy. Buffy Boesen, her principal, asked her to write about the problems facing students today living in Ciudad…

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Loretto Volunteer’s heart is with those who suffer

By Annie Rosenkranz / February 21, 2021 /
A young woman in a mask sits at her desk in front of a laptop.

There is no justice to be found within the current system. It doesn’t give offenders a chance to excel once they exit the criminal justice system, and our country’s inadequate…

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Hope: The Very Heart of Loretto’s Mission

By Loretto Community / December 14, 2020 /

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah 61:1 tells us, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; God has sent me to bring glad…

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Loretto rises to the challenge of distance learning

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Buffy Boesen SL and Melissa Casale for information on distance learning at Loretto Academy. Regina Drey SL wrote the St. Mary’s Academy story. Loretto Academy,…

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Notes & News – Winter 2020

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2020 /

Sisters of Loretto honored in El Paso The Option for the Poor Award was given in recognition of the sisters’ many years of service “Working for Justice and acting for…

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Loretto Academy Leads Its Students To Be Global Citizens

By Pilar Gonzalez CoL / February 1, 2020 /

Patty Herrera, Theresa Crow,  Teresa Franco and I from the El Paso Loretto Academy elementary, middle, and high schools trained Oct. 1-2, 2019, as teacher trainers for Encounter, a new…

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Loretto Receives 2019 Option for the Poor Award

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

The 2019 Option for the Poor Awards Dinner took place Nov. 8 in El Paso. Helen Santamaria accepted the award in Loretto’s name.

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Loretto Showers Volunteers with Necessities, Creative Gifts

By Claudia Calzetta SL / October 1, 2019 /

If you walked into any of the Loretto Volunteer gatherings in St. Louis, Denver or El Paso on Aug. 18 for the annual shower, you would have felt palpable energy,…

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Processing Refugees at Annunciation House Locations

By Rosemary Casey CoL / July 1, 2019 /

Refugees arrive at one of 10 Annunciation House (AH) sites in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) buses from the El Paso detention center. Ours was the Soluna Hotel. AH would…

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Personal Reflections on a Week of Service in El Paso

By Rosemary Casey CoL / July 1, 2019 /

 I spent a week in El Paso helping with the humanitarian crisis of Central American refugees being released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention. Living in Hawaii, I felt…

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