Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork

Learn more about this beautiful new book, recently published by the Loretto class of 1962.

Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork
by the Loretto Class of 1962

What is Voices from Silence?
Class member Michele Minnis says in the Preface, “Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork is itself an echo, a collective expression of the community spirit that, for us, defined novitiate life in the Sisters of Loretto and shaped our futures.”

What does the title, Voices from Silence, mean?
Class member Marion Veeneman Panyan, a Loretto co-member, explains:
“During our time in the novitiate of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross, 1961-64, we spent many hours in silence, and we seldom named or explored our many life-giving and life-altering experiences. In the intervening years, some of us have shared our stories with close confidants or other present or former community members. Now, 50 years after we came to the Motherhouse as postulants, many members of the Loretto Class of 1962 have collaborated to record stories of our novitiate days and to reflect on them in relation to our lives today.

“Our voices reveal a treasured time and, in some respects, an unsettled one. The Second Vatican Council brought changes in the Catholic Church; the civil rights and peace movements brought changes in the United States; and against this backdrop, we sometimes questioned our personal commitment … and often deepened it.

“We joyfully present this memoir to honor the Loretto community on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of its founding in 1812.”

Cost: $15.
Purchasing details: Send a check ($15 per book) to the Sisters of Loretto, with “Voices from Silence” on the memo line, at this address: Patsy Byrne, Loretto Center, 590 E. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63119. For info, contact Ms. Byrne at 314-962-8112, ext. 100. Proceeds will help support the education-and-justice exhibit the Loretto Archives is creating.

Pockets (Simplicity)
Rhythms & Routines
Celebration & Hospitality
Index of Names
Writers & Jubilarians