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Meeting a pen pal: Pope Francis

By Jeannine Gramick SL / December 1, 2023 /
Three men wearing suits and ties, one nun, Jeannine Gramick, wearing a black and white plaid blazer, and a Pope, Pope Francis, in the center all smiling together for a group picture inside a church in front of a large detailed painting in a gold frame and large windows with white curtains on either side.

This story began in early 2021, when Frank DeBernardo, the executive director of New Ways Ministry, wrote to Pope Francis, describing the ministry Fr. Robert Nugent and I began in…

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St. Mary’s Academy welcomes new president

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2023 /
A woman, Iswari Nararajan, with straight brown hair, wearing a ceremonial black robe and yellow stole speaking passionately at a microphone on a wooden lectern with a dark blue banner with white text that says: St. Mary's Academy in front of large dark blue curtains.
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What is Emerging?

By Mary Ellen McElroy SL / December 1, 2023 /
Pink and purple butterfly graphic for Interchange What is Emerging?

What seems to be emerging in our broken world today is an increase of online organizations who do not adhere to any one religion yet produce a variety of programs…

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Loretto gathers

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and glasses speaking to the camera while sitting in her office. Behind her is a strategically placed banner that is fully visible in the frame. Assumably relating to the online meeting she is attending when photographed.

In these screenshots from the October Gathering above Kim Klein, Sally Dunne, and Sue Kenney help guide the proceedings. “A Lasting Endowment of Hope” was the theme of the 2023…

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Living Center residents participate in peace event

By Carolyn Jaramillo CoL / November 1, 2023 /
Three women work together to decorate a large patch of grass with handmade paper windmills. The field also has a bright teal wooden wheelbarrow with assorted flowers and a hand-painted pole surrounded by the paper windmills.

Thanks to the work and dedication of Stacy Ballard, activities coordinator at the Loretto Living Center, and her team, the Loretto Motherhouse Community joined other peace activists across the country…

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What is Emerging?

By Mary Ellen McElroy SL / November 1, 2023 /
Pink and purple butterfly graphic for Interchange What is Emerging?

The butterfly has always been an amazing and beautiful insect for many of us, and we often ponder the wonderful transformative life the butterfly has experienced. Recently I came across…

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Spotlight on Loretto wisdom women

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and wire glasses smiling brightly for a headshot picture wearing a black blouse and salmon pink blazer in front of a plain dark brown wall.

Editor’s note: We have been featuring interviews of Loretto Community elders. We are grateful to these wise women and to Joy Jensen for sharing wonderful snapshots of our beloved Community…

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Motherhouse welcomes retreat on mysticism

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2023 /
A man and woman sitting together with assorted mics and a display screen behind them. They are smiling for a picture with papers in their laps, likely preparing to present something with the display screen and microphones.

The Motherhouse September retreat masters invited all of us participants to practice mysticism. The title of the retreat was “Mystics in the Heart; Monasticism for the World.” Mary Ellen McElroy…

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A new future for Loretto Heights

By Riedy Clark CoL / November 1, 2023 /
A red stone building featuring a tall tower above the arched entrance. The tower and entrance are framed by two large spruce trees that are only half as tall as the tower.

During the Loretto Heights reunion weekend in June, alumni were able to spend time on the campus. There were tours of Pancratia apartments and the Administration Building. We had lunch…

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Why contemplation?

By Joy Jensen SL / October 1, 2023 /
An imperfect yellow cross graphic with a purple circle in the center.

The mystic sits for the universe. William Johnston The tenets of democracy are under attack. There are groups running over democracy or trying to hijack it. Fundamental freedoms are under…

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Reflections on the 2023 LCWR Assembly

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2023 /
A wide view of a filled event room with people sitting at round tables and looking towards the right. On their tables they have blue ribbon, black table cloths, a number, candles, and assorted papers. Most of the attendees are wearing lanyards and dress-clothes.

Drawn by sacred mystery: a journey of hope Reflection by Mary Margaret Murphy Thanks to Barbara Nicholas, the Sisters of Loretto was one of the congregations whose leadership challenged the…

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Following the Osage Trail

By Annie Stevens SL / October 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and wire glasses is wearing a butter-yellow collared button-up shirt and dark wash jeans. She's smiling for a picture on a sunny day while standing next to a stone plaque that says 'ST. LOUIS SCHOOL' and additional information.

Inspired by Libby Comeaux’s Loretto Roots research, Barbara Ann Barbato and I traveled across Missouri in June, heading west to Kansas and Oklahoma where Loretto taught Osage children in the…

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