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‘White’ Christmas 2018

By Marie Ego SL / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

For some time now Loretto Community members from the Motherhouse and Louisville have been meeting the 3 p.m. “Sunday Bus” that comes from Texas with immigrants who are going to various places in the northeastern United States. We bring them water, something to eat, warm clothes or blankets and welcome them for about 20 or…

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Loretto Academy Hosts Annual Nun Run

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

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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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

In various parts of the country with a Loretto presence, Loretto members celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some sent photos, and others sent in reports of how they observed the day. Their participation in these events is a tribute to the historical importance of Dr. King and the hope that even in these difficult…

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‘Have Only One Heart, One Soul, One Mind’

By Donna Day SL / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

‘Have only one heart, one soul, one mind.’ Words of Father Charles Nerinckx Dec. 8, 2018, was a special feast day at the Loretto Motherhouse and for Loretto members everywhere. A blessing ritual celebrated the outgoing President Pearl McGivney and the newly elected President Barbara Nicholas, with the respective Executive Committees and Forum members. The…

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Minimum Wage Advocacy Works

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Alice Kitchen and Eleanor Craig The good news is that Loretto is a part of making the lives of low-wage workers more livable. Not only did we take action at our 2018 Assembly when we passed Proposal #7 committing to increasing the wages of our own staff, but we actually did it! As of…

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Co-member Barbara Wander’s Latest Report on Haiti

By Loretto Community / January 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

Barbara Wander is a Loretto co-member who has been working with the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti for many years. Click here to read the latest issue (January 2019) of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the September 2018 issue of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the March 2018 issue…

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Providing Health Care In Uganda

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Mary Ann Gleason Her name is Juliette. She is a 14-year-old orphan, malnourished secondary to vomiting whatever she eats or drinks because of a stricture in her esophagus. She accidentally swallowed a coin when she was 3 that remained until surgically removed when she was 10. By then, it had caused two fistulas in…

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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 / 0 Comments

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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Emerging Forms/Emerging Mission

By Susan Classen CoL / November 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

(Editor’s Note: Part 1: A reflection at the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 4, 2017, vow celebration.) JoAnn Gates and I recently visited Natural Bridge State Park in Kentucky where I was fascinated by tree roots growing around large boulders in their search for soil. Just as tree roots are drawn around obstacles toward the…

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Nerinx Hall Celebrates Shared Past and Deeply-linked Future with Loretto

By Annie Stevens SL / November 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

On the 257th birthday of Charles Nerinckx, Oct. 2 of this year, the St. Louis Loretto Community and more than 600 students and faculty of Nerinx Hall gathered to celebrate our shared past and our deeply-linked future. Beginning with an all-school Mass in the gym, Loretto spirit was clearly woven through the day of activities,…

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Loretto and Friends Take Part in Nuns on the Bus Tour

By Claudia Calzetta SL / October 18, 2018 / 0 Comments

(Photos courtesy of Claudia Calzetta SL)

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Loretto Supports Immigrants, Refugees Through Special Needs Grant Fund

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

The needs of immigrants and refugees are dire, especially in this political and social atmosphere. The Loretto Community generously set aside a grant fund of $75,000 to use this year expressly for immigrant and refugee services. The maximum given to each applicant was $5,000. Fifteen groups received money. As of July 22, all of the…

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