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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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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 Peace in the El Paso Diocese.” At the ceremony in El Paso, Texas, in November, Helen Santamaria SL gave the keynote, a reflection on the…

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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 and exciting program initiated by the El Paso Diocesan schools. The training was presented by ArtEdu, an educational consultant firm based in Switzerland and Mexico.…

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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, heard cheerful and sustained laughter and seen myriad wrapped multi-colored boxes and even some uniquely wrapped ecological gifts from the Denver Community. Showers: Community-building events…

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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 contact our coordinator, alerting him of the imminent arrival of a bus and how many persons were coming, the majority from Guatemala, El Salvador and…

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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 quite removed from the border crisis, and I wanted to know first-hand what was really happening and perhaps why so many people are risking everything…

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Five weeks at the shelter

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

‘. . . one of the volunteers told me if I wanted to see the face of God and the suffering Jesus, this was the place to be.’ Claudia Calzetta SL Immigrants were assigned two families to a room at the La Quinta motel where Alicia Ramirez SL volunteered upon her arrival in El Paso…

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Loretto helps provide respite for weary travelers

By Mary E. (Buffy) Boesen SL / May 31, 2019 /

In early October 2018, the number of asylum seekers coming into El Paso began increasing dramatically. Annunciation House needed more volunteers to assist with serving these people. Sisters from many religious communities began coming and needed housing. After the convent closed and rooms were converted to offices, there were still 14 rooms that were saved…

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Loretto Academy 2019

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

…my amazing journey I am strong enough I am smart enough Success after success: Loretto’s robotics team thrives By Pilar Gonzalez CoL, FIRST team coach Three years ago, we opened our brand new FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) team. The program has been very fulfilling for all the girls, coaches, mentors and sponsors. Since we started…

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Deus providebit: Loretto’s Legacy in Texas

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

By Christina Manweller We were met in El Paso by two sisters in a canvassed-top spring wagon. The driver looked like he had never known soap, water, or a comb. Finally we reached San Elizario after dark the same evening. When daylight dawned upon us, really my impressions were not very encouraging, as it seemed…

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A grateful heart

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

“I’ve been given so much. Whatever I am able to return, I am grateful for the opportunity to do it.” Mary Margaret Murphy SL, Loretto’s new Vice President, laughs as she recalls some of her Machebeuf High School friends talking about entering religious life. Back then, her retort was “Thank you, God. That’s not for…

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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

Pancratia Hall on Loretto Heights College campus becomes apartment housing By Mary Nelle Gage SL Pancratia Hall, former dormitory and classroom building on the historic Loretto Heights College campus, built in 1929, will be transformed to create 65 affordable family apartments with adjacent courtyard. Some Loretto Heights alumnae, Sisters and Co-members toured Pan Hall in…

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