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Loretto Emphasizes the ‘Passion’ in Compassion

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2020 /

In the word “compassion,” Loretto places the core emphasis on “passion,” where we center our lives and work. We all ask where is God when suffering happens.  No answer comes readily. But we know that the deeper answer involves showing mercy and offering reconciliation, both of which direct our hearts to God. As Loretto, we…

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Money and Justice/Just Money

By Martha Crawley CoL / February 1, 2020 /
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About 20 Loretto Community members and friends met Nov. 9, 2019, with Joel Koerner and Andy Loving from a Louisville, Ky., investment firm called Just Money. We had learned about this socially responsible company from Loretto friends in Kentucky who are their clients. After the 2015 Loretto Assembly decision to divest congregation funds from the…

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Webster University Honors Jane Peckham Stoever with the Loretto Award

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

The Loretto Award recognizes an alum of Webster University who carries on the community service and social values of the Sisters of Loretto, who founded the university in 1915. Jane Peckham Stoever is this year’s Loretto Award winner. Jane was a Sister of Loretto for 10 years. She taught English in Loretto schools and was…

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Loretto Ministry Grants Committee Announces Fall Grants

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

At Assembly 2018, Loretto approved a resolution making “$100,000 … available … in 2019 and again in 2020 and 2021 for access by Loretto Community members, vowed and co, to support their work that furthers Loretto’s mission.”  The Loretto Ministry Grants Committee decided to hold two rounds of applications for these funds in 2019, one…

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Khush Amdeed! Welcome!

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 1, 2019 /

Khush Amdeed! Welcome! These words spoken by Barbara Nicholas began a meaningful prayer service that welcomed four eager and confident women to Loretto’s first Come and See program — the first Come and See in Loretto’s history. The Executive Committee and Forum members participated in this unique prayer service along with Nasreen Daniel, Maria Daniel,…

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Intentional Community: An Authentic Sign of Hope (Proposal 10)

By Jean East CoL / November 1, 2019 /

By Jean East  A conference in Hudson, N.Y., provided signs of hope through the topic “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” Beth Blissman and I attended the conference this past July. The conference included more than 50 sessions, tours of local communities, community meals, movies and plays. Beth and I attended different sessions that were…

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Mary Swain’s Letter Writing Campaign To Block LG&E’s Natural Gas Pipeline

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2019 /

Last spring Mary Swain received a call for help from an organizer from Cedar Grove in Bullitt County, Ky., north of Nelson and adjoining Jefferson County. The utility company LG&E wants to run a natural gas line through the county, which includes Bernheim Forest. LG&E is using pressure tactics on landowners and has not met…

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Bonjour Delayed

By Mary Louise Denny SL / November 1, 2019 /

1973, Saigon, Vietnam, New Haven Nursery  A newborn, male, was dropped off at New Haven Nursery. Susan Carol McDonald was the director/nurse at New Haven. She logged the baby into the register that she kept, as she did with every child that lived at New Haven. “Name: Frank Antoine. Arrival February 6, 1973. From Allambie (another nursery…

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Mary Ann McGivern Retires — Not So Fast!

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2019 /

Interchange never sleeps.” This was always Mary Ann McGivern’s motto as an Interchange editor. Many Loretto members heard that statement from Mary Ann, along with, “Why don’t you write it up? Readers will want to know the details.” She also often pointed out that Interchange is contributor-driven, meaning that it could not exist without contributions…

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Teaching English at the Belga School in Guatemala City, Guatemala

By Kathy Wright SL / November 1, 2019 /

For three weeks this past July I worked with the seven English teachers at the Belga School in Guatemala City, taught some of the English classes and helped the faculty evaluate ways to improve the English program at the school. The Holy Family Sisters, our sister community in Guatemala, had asked Loretto to help them…

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Connections Across Time and Place

By Cathy Mueller SL / October 1, 2019 /

This past May when I attended the meeting of the Union of International Superiors General (UISG) in Rome, I was at the table with Claire Sykes, a Faithful Companion of Jesus (FCJ) sister from London. She asked me if there was a connection between John Nerinckx, who was significant in their community’s history, and Charles…

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Loretto Makes Progress on Raising Wages

By Alice Kitchen / October 1, 2019 /

As a follow up to our Assembly Proposal 7 to raise the wages of our employees, our Community Group 16 decided to take the next step.  First, we celebrated the fact that Loretto leadership acted on our Assembly proposal and approved raises in the 2019 budget for $1.50 an hour across the board and a…

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