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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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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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Sharing My El Paso Experience

By Vivian Doremus CoL / May 1, 2019 /

Recently I returned from volunteer work helping immigrant families at the El Paso/Juarez border. I wish to share the remarkable story unfolding there. I had been reading accounts in Interchange of the dramatic needs at Annunciation House. These stories moved me to begin sending shipments of clothing and toiletries to assist immigrants arriving after arduous…

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Giving to Good Cause

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2019 /

Note from Alicia Ramirez: I attended the Washington County Democratic Women’s Club Jan. 19 and, as it was ending, the women asked if I could tell them about my upcoming trip to El Paso. After talking about the trip, I told them about our Sunday trips to the Louisville Greyhound Bus Station. One of the…

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Loretto Academy Hosts Annual Nun Run

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2019 /

The senior class at Loretto Academy in El Paso sponsored the Nun Run Feb. 2. The Nun Run has become an annual event to raise money for the Loretto Pakistan Mission. Each senior is asked to recruit 10 or more participants. Some seniors dress as nuns and welcome the competitive runners, non-competitive runners, walkers, family…

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SMA Alumna Reflects on Volunteer Service at El Paso Shelter for Immigrants

By Loretto Community / February 20, 2019 /

By Isabel Forward On the ride home, as I smelled vaguely of vomit, I thought of the many ways these families had suffered  during their time here – so much so, that even accepting relief from this suffering when it’s offered isn’t always possible. The most difficult part of my experience to process was not…

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Hunger Fund Distributions for 2018

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2019 /

The Hunger Fund, established in 1974, is a fund to which Community members and friends make contributions. These contributions often consist of small donations gleaned from recycling cans, dog or house-sitting, memorials for deceased relatives and events at Loretto-sponsored schools in Denver, St. Louis and El Paso. Distributions are made annually during November. Current chair…

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‘Closet Lady’ Serves Asylum Seekers at Loretto’s Former Nazareth Center in El Paso

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 30, 2018 /

When I read the November announcement from Loretto President Pearl McGivney that there was an urgent need for volunteers in El Paso, Texas, I decided to respond and make myself available. Why not? I was retired, liked to travel and was willing to “do whatever” to help. The specific call was to assist at one…

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El Paso Diocese Honors Loretto with Dei Gratia Award

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2018 /

The fourth annual Dei Gratia Award by the El Paso Diocese honored both the Daughters of Charity and the Sisters of Loretto. The award ceremony was at the El Paso Convention Center Sept. 20. Eileen Custy, who taught at Loretto Academy for many years, accepted the award on behalf of Loretto. Local Loretto members helped…

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Foundation for Diocese of El Paso Honors Sisters of Loretto with Fourth Annual Dei Gratia Award

By Loretto Community / October 4, 2018 /

(Material courtesy of the Foundation for the Diocese of El Paso) Sisters of Loretto Honored by the Catholic Foundation with 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award Oct. 2, 2018 The Sisters of Loretto were honored as the recipients of the 4th Annual Dei Gratia Award during the 12th Annual Foundation of Faith Dinner on Thursday, September…

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Loretto Volunteers Arrive in El Paso!

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 /

By Mallory Daily and Mary Margaret Murphy A neon poster “Welcome Loretto Volunteers” greeted Sawyer Hill, Amy Maltz, Isabel Ngo, Marissa Nuñez and Amelie Rode on their arrival at the El Paso airport. They came directly from the Loretto Motherhouse where they participated in an orientation program with Loretto Volunteers headed to St. Louis and…

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