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Summer 2012

Volume 54, No. 2

Members gather and rejoice at Loretto’s old Kentucky home marking 200 extraordinary years

LORETTO COMMUNITY

About this issue . . .

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Sisters

 

of

 

Loretto

 

•

 

Co-­members

 

of

 

Loretto We work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.

his edition of Loretto Magazine continues our coverage of the

It is summer and traditional issue Community’s in which to200th salute manytime, events set our to celebrate the Loretto some special members of those who make Loretto bloom - our anniversary of its founding in 1812. Perhaps the most meaningful of all the nationwide year has been the jubilarians. They are celebrations celebratingthis either 25 years, 50Jubilee years,Homeor 75 coming gathering at the Nerinx, Ky. For years of membership in Motherhouse Loretto We inare blessed thisyears yearplans with have been brewing for this joyous homecoming of all Loretto members, 18 members of this special club, five diamonds, six golds, and and the anticipation has been great. Starting on the center spread, seven silvers. salute many donors and pay pages

 

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will

 

enjoy

 

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“our official”

 

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 photograph

 

 of

 

 tribute to those community members who have passed away. the

 

Loretto

 

Community

 

to

 

honor

 

200

 

years.

 

You

 

may

 

be

 

able

 

to

 

find

 

your

 

 friends, family or former teachers among those who gathered on the hillside under mild Kentuckysuggestions, sun that day inquestions, late April. and critiques As always, youra comments, of Loretto Magazine are welcome. The stories on pages 15-21 should provide a good sense of the homecoming as it unfolded, and of the grand opening of the new Loretto Contact Neysa Chouteau Heritage Center: ArchivesCoL and Museum. You may be enticed to make your own pilgrimage the Motherhouse to fully appreciate Loretto’s by mail at 327 Enola to Avenue, Kirkwood, MO 63122-3420 story told word, picture and multimedia display. It is the culmination of by e-mail at inneysa327@charter.net much

 

hard

 

work

 

to

 

fulfill

 

a

 

big

 

dream.

 

Also

 

in

 

this

 

edition,

 

Loretto’s

 

2012

 

 Jubilarians, who have reached the milestone of 25 or 50 years in the community, share what Loretto means to them personally, pages 7-14.

Contents Notes & News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Contents 2012 Golden and Silver Jubilarians Recognized. . . . . . . . . . . .

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6 Loretto’s 200th Jubilee Homecoming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Loretto Heritage Center: Archives and Museum Dedicated . . . 18 Remembrances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Memorials & Tributes of Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Story 1.................................... page X

Story 2.................................... page X Longer Story Headline............................. Cover: Photos by Donna Mattingly SL. Former page XXLoretto President Marian McAvoy SL wrangles a bunch of large balloons in preparation for one of the many 200th Jubilee ceremonies that took place on the Motherhouse grounds, Nerinx, Ky., in late April. The Loretto Community gathered in front of the church to acknowledge and thank the many staff employees who keep every aspect of life at the Motherhouse running smoothly.

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Loretto Community members teach, nurse, care for the elderly, lobby, minister in hospitals, provide spiritual direction and counseling, resettle refugees, staff parishes, try to stop this country’s nuclear weapons build-up, work with the rural poor, and minister to handicapped, alcoholic, and mentally ill adults. Our ministries are diverse. Founded in 1812, Loretto includes 215 sisters and 214 co-members. Co-members are those who, by mutual commitment, belong to the Loretto Community through a sharing of spirit and values and participating in activities that further our mission. For more information about the Loretto Community, contact: Loretto Community Membership Staff 4000 So. Wadsworth Blvd. Littleton, CO 80123-1308 Phone: 303-783-0450 Fax: 303-783-0611 Web: www.lorettocommunity.org Loretto Magazine is published three times a year by the Loretto Development

 

Office. Development Director: Denise Ann Clifford SL Associate Development Director: Donna Mattingly SL Communications Director: Jean M. Schildz Editing, Layout, and Production: Carolyn Dunbar Accounting Assistant: Chris Molina Advisory Panel: Martha Alderson CoL Denise Ann Clifford SL Regina Drey SL PJ Manion SL Jean M. Schildz Editorial

 

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The dream started in the year 2000... The Loretto Motherhouse property in Nerinx, Ky., has long housed an archives and heritage center, but we clearly needed a more appropriate space to display our artifacts, recount our Loretto story, and preserve historic documents and papers. After 12 years and much labor of love on the part of many, this dream became a reality within the walls of the Loretto Heritage Center. All the creative planning, hard work, fundraising, engaging architects, designers, contractors, and the researching, writing, editing to provide our history in an understandable format were over! Loretto’s 200th Jubilee Year arrived, and the new Heritage Center was ready to dedicate and open to the Loretto Community and visitors, all according to plan.

 

 In

 

April

 

when

 

I

 

first

 

entered

 

the

 

museum

 

and

 

 experienced the beauty of the arrangements, the shape and contents of the kiosks, the soft colors and natural tones, the background music and soundtracks that accompany certain exhibits — to see it all come together in a beautiful representation of Loretto’s story — it was ovewhelming. I was moved

 

to

 

tears,

 

as

 

were

 

others

 

when

 

they

 

first

 

 experienced it. The Center was dedicated on Sunday, April 22, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private tour and reception for major donors and invited guests. From the moment they entered, they were enthralled and mesmerized by the expansiveness of the exhibits. The reality that the Sisters of Loretto had crossed the American frontier from Kentucky to California, the Northwest to Texas, expanded to the East Coast and around the globe was captured and preserved in such a creative and artistic fashion! The donors were proud to be part of this Jubilee gift to the community. They were thrilled with the beauty of the space and the amount of information displayed and contained therein. For me to hear from the community that the Heritage Center was “professional and classy” was music to my ears. We wanted the Heritage Center to be a place the community would espouse, relish and cherish; a place they would want to revisit, spend time, remember, and be inspired. Strong, pioneering, venturing women — this is our legacy, challenging us to soar and explore, to dream and to dare. We continue to draw inspiration from our frontier heritage as we embrace the challenges of living in a global society.

A labor of love makes a dream come true

Let Loretto Be Loretto Forever!

Denise Ann Clifford SL Development Director Photo by Donna Mattingly SL Summer

 

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notes and news

Four new books released in honor of Loretto’s 200th Anniversary Year Loretto Community delighted with new publications Photos by Donna Mattingly SL A Century of Change 1912–2012: Loretto’s Second Century Initiated by Patricia Jean Manion SL Published by the Loretto Community Chardon Press, Point Reyes Station, Calif.

A Century of Change: The Back Story By Kim Klein CoL

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magine a book that involves 20 authors who live all over the country, spans a century of history, and must be published by April 25, 2012. This was the book, “A Century of Change: 1912 – 2012.” I volunteered to be the production manager, which meant I was in touch with all the authors, making sure their chapters came in on time, coordinating with the editors, designer, and printer, and making sure everyone who needed to be consulted on decisions about the book was consulted. The authors were passionate about their sections, which meant they were well written, well researched, and very

A Century of Change: 1912 - 2012 Loretto Community Prayerbook The Stitched Hearts of Jesus and Mary: Loretto Spirituality 1812-1862 Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork

thorough. It also meant they weren’t too happy when some content had to be cut or when some elements had to be edited to avoid redundancy. In true Loretto style, however, they were gracious and understanding. Some authors had lived through much of what was being written about, and others, like me, had not. This led to many discussions about how much to describe the transition from wearing a habit to wearing street clothes, or which words

needed

 

to

 

be

 

defined

 

in

 

a

 

glossary.

 

We

 

had

 

 to decide when to use the designations SL and CoL — to indicate a Sisters of Loretto or Loretto Co-member — particularly when some people were SLs during some of the time covered by the book and CoLs for the rest of it. Names were another source of great anxiety — people had their given names, their religious names, sometimes a married name, and the names they use now. And, of course, many people have the same or similar names: Mary, Marian, Mary Ann being the most common. This made indexing the names one of the most difficult

 

parts

 

of

 

the

 

book. Once the manuscript was well underway, contributors would suggest adding a chapter or adding a story. We soon realized that some content would have to go on the website in order to keep the book to a manageable length. P J Manion SL, the instigator of the project, was unfailingly patient and thorough. Many people who were not originally involved pitched in During the 200th Jubilee Homecoming in April at Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky., Loretto President Cathy Mueller SL (left) displays “A Century of Change.” P J Manion SL, who initiated the book project, autographs a copy.

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notes and news toward the end of the process to help with proofreading and indexing.

Loretto at the same time. Many stories of the early sisters are included.

Ultimately “A Century of Change” was made possible by a small army of volunteers. Thanks to everyone who wrote, read, proofed, and helped with editing. We hope everyone enjoys reading the book as much as we enjoyed producing it.

Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork

Loretto Community Prayer Book Initiated by Mary Ken Lewis SL Published by the Loretto Community, Nerinx, Ky.

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eleased in Spring 2012, a small volume titled “Loretto Community Prayer Book” offers prayers on a host of subjects, including compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, gratitude, hope, wisdom, wonder, and creation. The project was begun and shepherded by Mary Ken Lewis SL of Denver. A committee developed the format and invited contributions from the Loretto Community. The Stitched Hearts of Jesus and Mary: Loretto Spirituality 1812-1862 Written and published by Rosemary Chinnici SL

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ritten as a gift to the Loretto Community in anticipation of the 200th Jubilee celebration, author Rosemary

 

Chinnici

 

SL

 

examines

 

the

 

first

 

 half-century of the Sisters of Loretto’s history. The cover photo shows the original embroidered hearts of Jesus and

 

Mary

 

stitched

 

onto

 

the

 

first

 

habits

 

 worn by the pioneer sisters in the early 1800s. Information about Father Charles

 

Nerinckx,

 

pastor

 

to

 

the

 

first

 

 sisters, biographies of the founders, and early life in the tiny habitation of Little Loretto are given. A timeline parallels the United States historical events in relationship to what was occurring in

Loretto Class of 1962; Published by the Sisters of Loretto, Nerinx, Ky. Editors: Sandy Ardoyno SL, Dianne Dignam Chowen, Marion Golden Curtis, Jackie Hartman Dear, Barbara Speas Havira, Sharon Kassing SL, Michele Minnis, Marion Veeneman Panyan CoL, Jane Peckham Stoever

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n the introduction Barbara Speas Havira writes, “Fifty years ago, we embarked on an individual and a collective journey when we came as postulants to join the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross on Sept. 15, 1961, forming the Loretto Class of 1962. Traveling alone or with others, we left homes in the Midwest, the South, the Mountain West, and the Southwest. Our new home was the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., a rural location about 50 miles south of Louisville. “We had much in common. Most of us had come to know the Sisters of Loretto as our teachers in grade school, high school, or college. We were fairly close in age, many right out of high school, ages 17 and 18, while the eldest was only 24. Each of us made an individual decision to enter,

but we lived it out in association with our classmates.

 

Their

 

presence

 

confirmed

 

and

 

 challenged us. Although only seven of the 42 postulants of 1961 continued through life as vowed religious, that 1961 choice has shaped all our lives.” Jane Peckham Stoever writes, “In the new book ‘Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork,’ members of the Loretto Class of 1962 share memories of their novitiate years

 

and

 

reflect

 

on

 

how

 

their

 

novitiate

 

 experience

 

has

 

influenced

 

them

 

since

 

then. “For example, Jackie Hartman Dear says in the book, ‘I received gifts from Loretto for a lifetime.’ Frances Martinez LaPrairie says, ‘My initial reaction to writing

 

of

 

how

 

Loretto

 

influenced

 

my

 

life

 

 was one of dread. I didn’t want to open the door of that room I had shut off when I surreptitiously left Loretto feeling like a failure . . . I thank you all for giving me the

 

opportunity

 

to

 

finally

 

allow

 

the

 

sun

 

 and fresh air into that closed-off area of my life. Loretto, and all of you, were and still are affecting my life. You are treasures to me!’” To order visit www.lorettocommunity. org/who-we-are/loretto-authors-book. To order by mail, write to Patsy Byrne at the

 

Loretto

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Staff

 

Office,

 

590

 

E.

 

Lockwood,

 

 St. Louis, MO 63119. The cost is $15.

Contributing authors enjoy a book-signing event for “Voices from Silence” at the Loretto Motherhouse in April. From left: Sisters Donna Day, Sandra Ardoyno, and Helen Santamaria. Sandra served as coeditor and artist. Summer

 

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Natalie Wing SL makes final vows in joyouse Motherhouse ceremony By Natalie Wing SL

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fter working three years with displaced Southern Sudanese women during wartime in Khartoum, my life was turned around. I discovered my calling as a missionary and as a religious. Upon returning to my home in Portland, Ore., I began pursuing my vocation while both working and studying. Eight years later, I met Jeannine Gramick SL who had come to speak at a church workshop. She suggested that I look up Loretto on the web. I did, and shortly thereafter entered the novitiate. My passion is working for peace and justice, and I am motivated by love; that which I have generously received and that which I wish to share. I have spent the last three years in Guatemala working with rural indigenous people in areas of

education and community development. I have been living with the Holy Family Sisters, our Guatemalan sister community. My time abroad has opened my eyes to the military and political injustices that have impoverished the people and the land. Even so, everywhere I go, I can see God’s potential present and unfolding in people’s lives and in their communities. My ministry is as much about my own conversion as it is about the transformation of our world. I see the Church as a viable way of working for peace; representing hope and positive change for people. I see Loretto as a group of faithful people committed to sharing God’s love in this world. I have answered a calling, and I have been richly blessed in living the life I have chosen.

April 28, Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky.: Natalie Wing SL, right, stands with friend Raquel Lopez, HFS regional superior of the Holy Family Sisters in Central America. The Holy Famly Sisters in Guatemala are a “sister community” to the Loretto Community.

Dear Loretto Community and all friends, Thank you for the gracious embracing of myself and my family. We were all very touched by the special warmth given through the hundreds of gestures extended. For me, my vow celebration was a transformational event, sealing my commitment to God and all of you in such a heartfelt way. My family, too, felt a great conversion, having been drawn forth by God, having received such goodness in abundance. They now clearly see why I wish to commit my life in service to God. I am a product of my parents and my culture, but ever moving towards new encounters and merging into the larger humanity. I pray that my life may bear good gifts. With your blessings and love, I am strengthened to believe that I will. In gratitude, Natalie Wing

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Above: Natalie’s parents, Calvin Chow and Emiko Wing, attend her vows ceremony. Below: Natalie’s aunts Fukiko Morita (left) and Yeshko Suda also join the event.

In this 200th Anniversary Year Loretto members celebrate their personal Diamond, Golden, and Silver Jubilees

The Goldens . . . Sandy Ardoyno SL

“Hi yall,” as we say in the South. My name is Sandy Ardoyno, and I was sent to Mobile, Ala., as an art teacher when we still sent sisters to their missions. I love it here so much I have never felt the need to relocate and have been here 45 years, with some time off for graduate work and a year’s sabbatical. Should I also say that I was born in and went to school in Mobile? That is true, too. I met the Sisters of Loretto when I went to Bishop Toolen High School here in Mobile . . . and that has made all the difference! I was fortunate enough to help out a sister friend who worked closely with the migrant workers who came to the county to work on the potato harvest. After two years, she was transferred to North Carolina by her community, and I was asked by the director of Catholic Social Services to take over the program — “La Casa de Amigos,” or “The House of Friends.” Because the migrant families came in early May when most colleges were still in session, we were not able to use

 

certified

 

early

 

childhood

 

teachers,

 

but

 

recruited

 

early

 

 childhood “wanna be” teachers from colleges that were on the quarter system. They cared for the infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers we registered. We were extremely lucky to have medical professionals who also volunteered at our program and who came to our center to serve our children.

Editor’s Note: Sister Helen Ann Reynolds SL enjoyed her Diamond Jubilee on April 25, and was featured in the Spring edition of Loretto Magazine. Co-member James Funk reached his Silver Jubilee in 2011, but was unavailable for interview at that time. Sylvia Sedillo SL, who has known Jim for many years, subsequently interviewed him for publication in this edition alongside the 2012 Jubilarians. We extend our thanks to both Jim and Sylvia.

Photos contributed by Jubilarians or as photo credit indicates

2012 Loretto Jubilarians

75th 50th 25th

Diamond Jubilee Helen Ann Reynolds SL

Golden Jubilee Sandra Ardoyno SL Donna Day SL Sharon Kassing SL Carol Ann Ptacek SL Helen Santamaria SL Mary Louise “Billie” Vandover SL

Silver Jubilee Elizabeth Perez SL Fred Harris CoL Jane Harris CoL Mary Lies CoL Mary Martin CoL Martha McNamara CoL Jody Rice CoL Alma Schuler CoL Mary Tan CoL

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Sandra Ardoyno

Donna Day Photo by Donna Mattingly SL

I must say that the program was for the children, but it “opened the eyes” of our college caregivers and changed their lives. I was extremely happy about that.

brought me into a relationship with the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a mutual friendship that touches my life deeply.

We offered a “Family Sunday” every week of the program — a Mass in Spanish, a doctor on call to see parents, dinner prepared by local churches, a garage sale, and a bingo game where parents won prizes.

As Father Pedro Arrupe SJ says, “What you are in love with will affect everything. It’s what gets you up in the morning, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you.” It’s been 50 amazing years of working with and serving wonderful people. It’s been a time of having my heart awakened to others joys and sorrows, hopes and struggles. I have learned from all of it. Our Jubilee class has just published “Voices from Silence — A Loretto Patchwork.” The narrative spans our novitiate days, and to paraphrase my friend Jackie Hartman Dear, “We received gifts from Loretto for a lifetime.”

At the end of this school year I am retiring from teaching and look forward to what lies ahead for me. I’ve had a “great ride” so far!

Donna Day SL

Who knew that 50 years after I entered Loretto I would wear two hats: as Loretto Vice President and as coordinator of the healthcare team. Those I work with — Loretto President, Cathy Mueller, and the members of the Executive Committee — are women

 

of

 

vision

 

and

 

courage;

 

our

 

healthcare

 

team

 

is

 

filled

 

with

 

 compassion and friendship to our sisters and co-members. We do mission together; it’s who we are. And when I’m not working? My

 

friends,

 

books,

 

and

 

Cardinal

 

baseball

 

fill

 

up

 

the

 

day. Getting to know Loretto was easy for me. I grew up in St. Louis in an Irish, Democratic family. We lived in the shadow of St. Pius Church and School. The parish and school embraced all of us, and we belonged there like a glove. Early impressions count. I saw the Sisters of Loretto every day at school and often in church. They were happy, holy, and great teachers. Those years were a jump-start into my hearing God’s call to be just like them. The enduring values I got from my mother and St. Pius deepened my faithfulness and nurtured my vocation. My mission road stretches far and wide. The Spirit led me to work with the Hispanic community in Illinois, Wyoming, and Colorado; and then to Pillar Place in St. Louis with the African American community. My master’s degree in religious studies from Mundelein College/Loyola University in Chicago is significant

 

to

 

me,

 

not

 

only

 

because

 

the

 

teachers

 

and

 

course

 

work

 

 influenced

 

my

 

life

 

to

 

serve

 

in

 

parish

 

and

 

diocesan

 

work,

 

but

 

also

 

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Sharon Kassing SL

All of my religious life I’ve been an educator. I’m now

 

in

 

my

 

fifth

 

year

 

as

 

teacher

 

programs

 

coordinator

 

for

 

the

 

 Saint Louis Zoo, which means I work primarily with classroom teachers to enhance their science knowledge, to help

 

them

 

gain

 

confidence

 

in

 

their

 

science

 

 teaching and to promote the Zoo’s mission to nurture respect for animals and their habitats, and to promote conservation action. Sometimes it’s been a challenge for me to marry my 30 years of formal classroom teaching experience with the informal arena, but it’s one I have, for the most part, enjoyed. Away from work, the things I enjoy most are the discussion group to which I belong, my Women’s Liturgy Group, and having breakfast at the Loretto Center on weekends. For a very long time Georgeann Hanson and I have been providing the music for Saturday Mass and for a couple of Sundays each month. I became acquainted with the Loretto Community as a student at

 

Nerinx

 

Hall

 

where

 

I

 

first

 

met

 

some

 

pretty

 

remarkable

 



sisters. At Nerinx, I enjoyed hanging out after school, either to play basketball or to see what the sisters were up to in their classrooms. Their spirit was always warm and welcoming even if they didn’t teach me. A large number of people in my high school class entered the novitiate when I did, and even though most did not remain in the community, our ties are still strong. I’ve had the privilege of living with some wonderful Loretto women in my life in the community and I feel that comembership has added a dimension to that life I would not have thought possible years ago. As time passes, my life continues to be enhanced by all the people who grace it. Loretto

 

has

 

brought

 

meaning

 

to

 

my

 

life

 

in

 

one

 

very

 

significant

 

 way. I never saw myself as an educator, but it was kind of “what we did,” so I resigned myself to that path, as well. It has meant all the difference! I was lucky to learn early on that “by your students you will be taught,” and it’s been a wonderful ride ever since!

Carol Ann Ptacek SL

I have been on a medical leave since July, 2011. I resumed work as a RN on a part-time basis in February, 2012. For 40 years I have served as a registered nurse working with our aging and elderly sisters and residents. I worked as the Directress of Nursing Service in El Paso at Nazareth Hall from 1970 to 1985. My passion was to work with the residents and staff. With time I did more paperwork than patient care. It was time to move.

For the next seven years I worked at Loretto Center in Littleton, Colo., as healthcare coordinator. During this time Sister Joan Van Leeuwen and I worked on the renovation of the building. From

 

1992

 

to

 

1995

 

I

 

worked

 

as

 

staff

 

nurse

 

in

 

the

 

Infirmary

 

at

 

the

 

 Motherhouse.

 

I

 

also

 

volunteered

 

in

 

the

 

finance

 

office

 

for

 

a

 

short

 

 time. From 1995 to 2011 I worked as convent community RN. As of February 2012, I have been working once again on a part-time basis as the convent community nurse. One of my hobbies was crocheting. I’ve made Christmas trees for the Motherhouse, Loretto Center in St. Louis, and Loretto Center in Littleton. I have probably crocheted a grove of those trees in my lifetime, as well as many other items. My mother had an aunt and three cousins who were Sisters of Loretto; only one of her cousins is still alive. I spent a lot of time with

 

her

 

aunt,

 

Sister

 

Irmintrude,

 

who

 

never

 

tried

 

to

 

influence

 

 me to join Loretto. I went to DeAndreis High School where the Sisters of Loretto taught. I always felt drawn to religious life, but it was there that the seed was planted. Sister Eileen (Clement) Whistler

 

was

 

a

 

great

 

influence.

 

I

 

went

 

to

 

St.

 

Louis

 

University

 

for

 

 two years. Then with the help of many I decided to apply to go to Loretto.

Life in Loretto has been especially meaningful to me because I have been given a chance to serve. I started out teaching in the high

 

school

 

in

 

El

 

Paso

 

in

 

my

 

major

 

field

 

Latin.

 

Three

 

things

 

made

 

 me change to nursing: following Sister Mary Ann Cunningham, my inability to deal with sophomore girls, and wonderful experiences I had working as a nurses’ aide at the Motherhouse and at Nazareth. I have never regretted the change. I was able to go where I felt the need was after consultation. Hopefully, I have grown spiritually with all the opportunities afforded me.

Helen Santamaria SL

When I was young, there were many Sisters of Loretto teaching in the schools, so it was not unusual for a girl to consider becoming a teacher and

 

a

 

sister.

 

My

 

very

 

first

 

remembrance

 

 of a sister was in kindergarten. I can still see Sister Mary Vincent de Paul in my mind. I especially loved the Sisters at Loretto Academy High School in El Paso and worked closely with many of them. However, I don’t remember discussing the convent or my vocation with any of them until I had already decided to seek admission my senior year.

When

 

I

 

took

 

my

 

first

 

vows

 

the

 

feeling

 

was

 

blissful

 

and,

 

yes,

 

my

 

 whole family traveled in the family station wagon from El Paso to Kentucky — Mom, Dad and eight children! I loved every minute of being in the novitiate. Although we never watched TV as novices, when President John Kennedy was assassinated, we were allowed to watch the funeral proceedings most of the day. I returned to El Paso and Loretto Academy where I served as principal. My favorite moments were handing our students their diplomas on Graduation Day. That to me was always a supreme privilege! Now during our 200th Jubilee year, we are reading many stories of Sisters of Loretto and their roles as leaders among their individual communities. I hope those stories will help young women today to understand how important it is to become actively involved in their local community and to recognize that being a sister frees one to move in and out of all levels of society, to advocate for issues of justice, and to remind others of God’s loving presence in the world around us. I now work as executive director of El Paso Villa Maria, a home for women in temporary crisis. I came to be involved with Villa Maria when it was decided that the Diocesan Home for the Elderly

 

(Villa

 

Maria)

 

would

 

be

 

closed

 

because

 

of

 

the

 

financial

 

 inability to renovate the building to meet state licensing codes. The pastor at Sacred Heart asked me to help him get the building reopened, and so I did. I consider it a privilege to have been called to serve the Lord as a Sister of Loretto and will forever Summer

 

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be grateful for the gift of my vocation. Is it challenging to be an

 

executive

 

director

 

of

 

a

 

non-­profit?

 

You

 

bet!

 

There

 

are

 

many

 

 challenges, but Jesus reminds me every day that it is He who is doing the work, I am just an instrument. And so I do not worry. I just keep trying to do my very best, understanding that whatever God wills is always the best plan for everyone involved.

Mary Louise “Billie” Vandover SL Based on interview by Marie Lourde Steckler SL and written by Kay Carlew SL It is hard for me to answer the question, “What am I doing today?” It’s much easier for me to answer, “Who I am today?” As most of you know, I had a brain tumor removed in December, 1980. Since June, 1981 I have lived at the Loretto Motherhouse. Most of my life — before the tumor removal and stroke — was spent in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, education was my life and my focus. I went to Nerinx Hall from 1951 to 1955 and taught there, as well as served as school principal from 1965 to 1980. I am blessed with the ability to be both very determined and very accepting. I have had wonderful years at the Motherhouse, living in

 

a

 

small

 

community

 

and

 

now

 

in

 

the

 

Infirmary.

 

With

 

the

 

help

 

of

 

 others and with my strong desire to be independent, I have been able to participate in most everything. When I could, I helped with a limited amount of clerical work and often was considered 10

 

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“gofer”

 

in

 

the

 

Infirmary.

 

I

 

also

 

fed

 

Infirmary

 

residents

 

who

 

were

 

 unable to feed themselves. I knew I had to have a reason to get up each morning, so I wanted to help out in any way I could. My disabilities changed my life completely. With grace, prayers, and support, I have been given the ability to accept what has come my way. I thank God for blessing me with the ability to accept my limitations. How did I meet the Sisters of Loretto? I attended Nerinx Hall High School in St Louis. After being with the sisters, I knew I wanted to join them. My father put his foot down and made it impossible for me to go to Loretto. From Nerinx Hall I went to Webster College. The desire to go to Loretto grew, but my father continued to refuse. After graduating from Webster, I was offered a job to teach at Nerinx Hall. You

 

see

 

how

 

my

 

life

 

was

 

centered

 

in

 

Webster

 

Groves.

 

After

 

 teaching for a few years, I felt my independence and with the grace of God and the help and support from the Sisters, I told my father that I was going to Loretto. I entered the Sisters of Loretto in 1961. I have loved every minute I have been a sister. And even my father came around before he died. I believe that God does not give us what we can’t handle. God walks with us, and I have felt His support throughout my life. I try to be very positive, upbeat, and accepting. I try to encourage others, listen to them, and cheer them up when they are down.

I hope I model Christ’s love and support. I want people to know the love and support I have been given. In return, I want them to know that through prayer, they too will be given what it takes. None of us knows what will be asked of us. None of us knows what the next day brings our way. We must trust, pray, love, and know that we are not alone. We belong to a loving, supportive community. And for this I am very grateful.

The Silvers . . . Elizabeth Perez SL

Generally, when I am being introduced to

 

someone

 

for

 

the

 

first

 

time,

 

I

 

give

 

 my name, and because I live in Kentucky, the other common piece of information I share is what county I live in. The next question is pretty predictable: “So what do you do?” To this I respond, “Well, you know, there are some people who ponder the meaning of life, but me, I get to witness life

 

firsthand

 

from

 

beginning

 

to

 

end.”

Jane and Fred Harris CoLs

We have been retired 10 years from Holiday Retirement Corporation. We were managers and co-managers of independent retirement residences where the facility furnished all meals, activities, housekeeping, and transportation. We have lived in Casa Grande, Ariz., for 17 years and have been active in our parish. Last year we moved from our large mobile home to a two-bedroom apartment. Jane turned 90 years old in May. Jane was a Sister of Loretto from 1940 to the 1970s. Jane and Fred were married in December 1972. He was controller at Loretto Heights College from 1960 to 1967. We maintained our friendships with a number of the staff and sisters. Through our relationship with Sister Maureen McCormack, we became comembers of the Loretto Community. We are close to the community of Sisters of Loretto. We have been privileged to know what the community has been doing in the past and what it is doing now. We have been fortunate to have visited sisters at the Motherhouse in Kentucky several times over the years. We continue to keep the Loretto Community in our prayers.

The truth of the matter is that as a Spanish medical interpreter at our local health department and hospital one of the things I do is to accompany prenatal Hispanic women to their appointments at both the health department and at the obstetrician. By the time the patient approaches the end of her 40-week pregnancy, and regardless of the hour, I usually get a call to come in to assist with interpretation. I have been there to witness the birth of many brand new babies who have journeyed from the darkness of the womb to the bright light of the delivery room. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever imagined myself doing this kind of work. I think God must have a wonderful sense of humor! I also work two days a week in our Pastoral Care Department at our

 

Loretto

 

Motherhouse

 

Infirmary.

 

Aside

 

from

 

seeing

 

to

 

it

 

that

 

 our residents have access to the Mass, Eucharist, confession, and Communal Anointing, I also have the privilege of journeying with those who are dying and waiting to travel through yet another dark tunnel to a different kind of bright light. There are lessons to be taught and learned in the process of dying, of surrendering that which was once controlled, of taking that last breath at the very end and “letting go” as the ultimate act of trust. How

 

could

 

I,

 

at

 

the

 

age

 

of

 

seven,

 

when

 

I

 

was

 

first

 

taught

 

by

 

the

 

 Sisters of Loretto at St. Mary’s in El Paso, have ever imagined that in 2012 I would be celebrating my 25th anniversary as a Sister of Loretto? I call it a minor miracle! There are no adequate words to express my gratitude to all the sisters who taught me, mentored and nurtured me and continue to be a shining example of both gospel and Loretto values.

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Mary Martin

Today I am doing exactly what I want to be doing in this phase of my life. At the end of June 2009 I left my position as activity director at the Westland Meridian Retirement Community in Lakewood, Colo. Sixteen years and 192 newsletters later, enough was enough. I became one of two full-time drivers at Vi, a senior community in Highlands Ranch. I love driving and am very happy doing this. It also continues to give me the opportunity to work with older adults, which is my career love. In all of this work with older adults I especially treasure the gift of trusting me with their life stories: laughter, fears, tears, and joys. What an awesome privilege. During 2009-2010 my husband was very ill, and I lost my brother, which changed a great deal of my perspective on life since these events leave me as the last of my immediate family. Taking a less demanding position has helped me deal with some of my questions and has helped my husband and me have a deeper and happier relationship. I have learned so much from him. He has taught me about not giving up, especially when you feel so lousy physically and mentally. He is my hero. This year is our 40th wedding anniversary year, so between our anniversary and my Loretto silver celebrations, 2012 is a year of renewing friendships with family and friends. In the late 1970s and early 1980s I often met with Loretto community members at various teaching events and social-justice happenings. I wanted to be part of this group because individually I could not be as effective as I could with a larger group. I thought becoming a Loretto co-member would give me this opportunity. I also continued working on awareness of the major social justice issues the Loretto Community raised and still does. Today I value my Loretto membership by trying to bring a sense of peace and joy to the small part of the world I touch daily, living in a way that is environmentally friendly by using only what we need, accepting and encouraging all the people I meet every day. Thank you for inviting me to be part of the Loretto journey for 25 years. I will continue to journey with you until my end.

Mary Martin CoL

I am now and have been for more than 30 years a pastoral counselor at Most Precious Blood Parish in Denver. I see people dealing with life’s challenges, traumas, losses, etc. I have through

 

the

 

years

 

seen

 

the

 

mental

 

health

 

community

 

benefit

 

from

 

 the contribution of many other disciplines to provide new tools and treatments for challenges of life and their lingering effects: depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, spiritual alienation, etc. It has been my profound privilege to be trusted with the lives of so many. When asked how I can work so many years and so many hours without burning out, I reply, “Every day to me is like bringing my lawn chair up to the edge of the Red Sea and watching God’s miracles begin.” I also give retreats, talks, facilitate the parish bereavement ministry. My work allows me to see and address the deepest issues in human life. This work remains for me a great blessing. I am a mother, grandmother and, recently, great grandmother. I travel to be with family around the country and also to hike and snowshoe. These are my two passions. I have been blessed to see much of the USA as well as France, Italy, Switzerland, and Canada. There is also time to play “Words With Friends” online with the whole family around the country! It is a great way for us to have fun and stay in touch. I became acquainted with the Loretto Community during the time I was attending St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. I met Loretto through individual women, talks, retreats. It was during this time that I met Mary Lies who suggested to me that we join Loretto as co-members. We did, and remain friends to this day.

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The Loretto Community was and remains for me the living expression of women living the gospel in the world. The contribution this community of women to the empowerment of

women and to the wounded and powerless in our world is beyond words. To be counted as a part of this community expresses my deep beliefs in justice and reverence for the human person. This community offers a light to our world for me and for so many.

Martha McNamara

Martha McNamara CoL

Since I retired from teaching, I am spending more time with family and friends in my home in Elizabethtown, Ky. Ten years ago a friend of mine and I started a lunch group made up of about eight women from our grade school and high school. It sometimes serves as a support group depending on what’s going on in our lives. I

 

became

 

acquainted

 

with

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Community

 

in

 

first

 

 grade where I was taught by Sister Theresa Louise Wiseman. I continued to be educated by the Sisters of Loretto from grade school, high school, and all the way through to undergraduate school. I also was a member in the order for 10 years. Needless to say, I formed a deep bond with the sisters. Sister Marie Ego’s newsletter, “Loretto Justice and Peace Corner,” helps me keep informed on issues of justice and peace. Having just come from the April Jubilee celebrations at the Motherhouse. I found sheer joy in seeing and being with one another, and I also found a sense of belonging with the group.

Alma Schuler CoL

The main thing I am now doing is growing older day by day. I’ll reach 92 in July — one of the younger ones here at the

 

Motherhouse.

 

At

 

present,

 

I

 

am

 

living

 

on

 

the

 

third

 

floor

 

of

 

the

 

 personal-­care

 

section

 

at

 

the

 

Infirmary

 

and

 

am

 

officially

 

retired.

 

 In the recent past, I have folded napkins for the dining room and relieved

 

the

 

Infirmary

 

receptionist,

 

which

 

I

 

intend

 

to

 

resume

 

 doing this week. I also “play around” with my laptop computer and enjoy a good game of Rummikub with Sister Margaret Rose and look forward to including Sister Mary Kenneth. I

 

first

 

became

 

acquainted

 

with

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Community

 

when,

 

 with my twin sisters, Mary and Catherine, I attended Bethlehem Academy near St. John, Ky. There was no transportation in 1932 from our home in Okolona, Ky., to a downtown Louisville high school. And it was so important to our parents that we have a Catholic high school education. Since second grade Mary, Catherine, and I had attended school together. It was the intention we would board for only one year at Bethlehem, but we liked it so well (after we overcame our homesickness) that we continued for four years. On graduation, to our surprise, Mary announced that she wanted to join Loretto, which she did in 1937, later becoming Sister Leoann. Six years later her twin joined her, taking the name of Sister Rose Alma.

member

 

when

 

the

 

opportunity

 

first

 

arose

 

because

 

in

 

so

 

many

 

 meaningful, personal ways, I already felt like I was a part of Loretto.

Mary Tan CoL

What am I doing these days? Since my retirement in

 

2004,

 

I

 

have

 

done

 

nothing

 

significant

 

monetary-­wise,

 

but

 

I

 

 spend my time giving back to the community. I do various and sundry volunteer work such as tutoring at the charter school in Oakland, Calif., with the Experience Corp, working at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and volunteering at the Interfaith Kitchen in Richmond as well as Martin de Porres soup kitchen in San Francisco in the summertime. I do hospital ministry, visiting and bringing communion once a month to the Alta Bates patients in Berkeley and the San Quentin Prison ministry once a month. I do pace myself in these volunteered works. For fun and relaxation I take Tai Chi and Chi Qigong very religiously. I love to read, and I love my nieces and nephews, who have afforded me such joy when I babysit for them. How did I come to know the Loretto Community? In the fall of 1980 I was on sabbatical, studying at the Graduate Theological Union — Franciscan School of Theology. Among the staff were

Alma Schuler

Even before becoming a co-member I felt that I “belonged” to Loretto. I think that Loretto and its values were at least partially responsible for why I left my position with one of the larger Louisville

 

law

 

firms

 

to

 

accept

 

a

 

job

 

as

 

secretary

 

to

 

the

 

president

 

 of the newly announced Archdiocesan college for men (now known as Bellarmine University). I didn’t rush to become a coSummer

 

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I served in the Navy and spent three years in Japan, met and married

 

my

 

wife,

 

Shirley,

 

and

 

we

 

had

 

five

 

children,

 

three

 

girls

 

 and two boys. I worked for the telephone company almost 20 years, taking a leave of absence to work on the poverty programs of the Kennedy Administration. I also helped get him elected through COPE (Committee on Political Education). I got involved with the United Farm Workers through my work with the AFL/CIO, working with César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, and Tony Oriendine. I was president of the El Paso Center Labor Union and had connections with the AFL/CIO.

Mary Tan

James Funk Photo by Debra Kehl CoL

Sisters Kathleen Tighe, Rosemary Chinnici, and Kay Lane. With other women students we would gather to discuss issues pertinent to campus life, such as women’s ordination, peace and justice, and women in the church. From 1983 to 1986 I was going through my own crisis in religious life. Kathleen and Kay were very nurturing and supportive of my situation. Through them I met so many wonderful Loretto Sisters. I found them so human and in tune to the time. So when I left one community, I decided to be part of Loretto. I fell in love with Loretto and am still in love with her. How has Loretto been meaningful? It’s hard to pinpoint one specific

 

thing.

 

I

 

tried

 

to

 

live

 

each

 

day

 

as

 

it

 

comes:

 

openness

 

to

 

 the spirit, trusting in Divine Providence, which I do believe God provides. When I left my former community, I left with nothing. As my father used to say, “If you have the brain and willingness to work, you will never be hungry.” Simply put, I am so grateful for everything.

James Funk CoL Interview and story by Sylvia Sedillo SL I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. I came to know the Sisters of Loretto when I entered the sixth grade at St. Patrick’s School in El Paso, taught by the Sisters of Loretto. Sister

 

Delfine

 

Marie

 

was

 

a

 

wonderful

 

teacher.

 

She

 

spent

 

time

 

 after school covering subject matter that I had not had before St. Patrick’s

 

School.

 

Also,

 

Sister

 

Mineata

 

and

 

Principal

 

Sister

 

Rose

 

 Catherine prepared me well when I graduated. The girls who graduated went to Loretto Academy, and I entered Cathedral High School, which was taught by the Christian Brothers.

 

Three-­fourths

 

of

 

the

 

students

 

there

 

were

 

from

 

Mexico.

 

 I

 

entered

 

St.

 

Michael’s

 

Seminary

 

in

 

Santa

 

Fe

 

for

 

a

 

short

 

while

 

 before attending Cathedral High because I thought I’d like to become

 

a

 

priest.

 

My

 

parents

 

wanted

 

me

 

to

 

finish

 

high

 

school

 

in

 

 El Paso. I had a good education.

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I was involved in various service clubs, such as the 20-30 Club for men. I was given awards for my work with poverty and education

 

programs

 

of

 

the

 

Office

 

of

 

Economic

 

Opportunity.

 

 There were outreach programs, getting people from the communities to bring in local people who needed help. Some of these were the Neighborhood Youth Corp, English as a Second Language, Job Corp, and Head Start. As director of the

 

Manpower

 

Program

 

in

 

El

 

Paso,

 

we

 

consolidated

 

all

 

those

 

 different programs under Project BRAVO. I founded my own management

 

consultant

 

firm

 

with

 

co-­member

 

Leticia

 

Lopez.

 

 On

 

one

 

of

 

my

 

trips

 

to

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Motherhouse

 

in

 

Kentucky,

 

I

 

 helped the sisters to develop and implement a comprehensive financial-­management

 

program.

 

On

 

another

 

visit

 

I

 

asked

 

the

 

 Infirmary

 

Coordinator

 

if

 

I

 

could

 

take

 

Sister

 

Delfine

 

Marie

 

out

 

to

 

 Our Lady’s Lake in her wheelchair. We passed by the cabins, and the residents came out and welcomed us, offering us tea or coffee. When we got to the lake, Sister was so happy, and she said to me with tears in her eyes, “I don’t know how to thank you, Jimmy.” She had been my sixth grade teacher One of my highlights and most interesting and important works was

 

with

 

Mary

 

Agnes

 

Richter

 

SL

 

in

 

El

 

Paso,

 

assisting

 

her

 

with

 

 a program for the handicapped, along with their parents, helping them to understand and receive the Sacraments. Loretto has been a very important part of my life. It has kept me active in church work. I have always had a lot of respect for the Loretto

 

Community.

 

For

 

about

 

five

 

years,

 

I

 

was

 

very

 

active

 

with

 

 the

 

Legion

 

of

 

Mary

 

and

 

helped

 

people

 

return

 

to

 

the

 

church.

 

The

 

 background I got with the Sisters of Loretto gave me that kind of ability to do those kinds of things which are my passion — helping the disadvantaged and disabled. Wherever I’ve been Loretto has been supportive of me, and I’m still willing to help in any way I can. I am now retired, and because

 

of

 

my

 

vision,

 

it

 

is

 

difficult

 

to

 

go

 

to

 

various

 

organizations

 

 and help them with donations and food distribution. I now live in Albuquerque,

 

N.M.,

 

and

 

participate

 

as

 

much

 

as

 

possible

 

with

 

the

 

 local Loretto Community. What I am most “tuned into” is Jesus and his presence and work on

 

earth.

 

I

 

suppose

 

my

 

motto

 

is:

 

“Do

 

unto

 

others

 

as

 

you

 

would

 

 have them do unto you.” If I were down and out, I would want somebody to help me. What holds me to the community is that Loretto is an organization that continues to do God’s work.

Jubilee 1812-2012

A time to renew old friendships A time to honor our legacy

Scenes from the Loretto Homecoming Celebration in April where all community members gathered at the Nerinx, Ky., Motherhouse to recognize Loretto’s past, present, and future. Above left: Clyde and Maura Graven, major donors to the new Loretto Heritage Center: Archives and Museum. Center left: Michael and Nancy Heusler, who designed and produced the museum’s interior exhibits and multimedia displays. Below left: Alexandra & Tom Guillossou and their daughter Natalie. A graphic designer, Alexandra worked with the Heuslers to execute the superb displays. Below right: Development Director Denise Ann Clifford SL at the Heritage Center’s ribbon-cutting ceremony. Behind her, Archivist Kate Misbauer SL is one of the

 

first

 

to

 

enter

 

the

 

new

 

facility.

 

See

 

related

 

story

 

on

 

pages

 

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Honoring our roots, looking to our future: By Katie Jones, Loretto Volunteer Coordinator

E

very April 25, the Loretto Community celebrates its Foundation Day, remembering our founding sisters and celebrating the order’s “birthday.” And in this 200th Jubilee

 

year,

 

Foundation

 

Day

 

took

 

on

 

a

 

new

 

significance:

 

not

 

 only did we honor our past, we also reveled in the present and looked to the future. The “bicentennial bash” this April 22-25 took place at the Loretto Motherhouse,

 

returning

 

to

 

the

 

order’s

 

roots

 

in

 

the

 

Kentucky

 

hills.

 

 For the 300 sisters and co-members present, it was a homecoming — a joyful reunion of old friends and a remembrance of the many Loretto women who have shaped the community and the world for 200 years. It was a rich and inspiring week, with too many memorable events to recount here. By sharing some of the highlights, I hope to invite you — our wider community of supporters and friends — to feel like you are celebrating with us.

Honoring our past On Sunday, a group of benefactors and members gathered for the grand

 

opening

 

of

 

the

 

new

 

Loretto

 

Heritage

 

Center:

 

Archives

 

and

 

 Museum

 

—

 

and

 

what

 

a

 

sight

 

they

 

saw!

 

The

 

new

 

Heritage

 

Center

 

 lets visitors “see, feel and hear Loretto’s commitment to peace and justice,” through interactive exhibits. From Fr. Nerinckx’s desk to a wall dedicated to Loretto’s activism for peace and justice, the center recounts many layers of Loretto stories. As a newcomer to the Loretto family, I found the exhibits inspiring and

 

educational.

 

Moreover,

 

I

 

loved

 

watching

 

longtime

 

sisters

 

and

 

 co-­members

 

see

 

the

 

center

 

for

 

the

 

first

 

time.

 

They

 

poured

 

over

 

 the displays of old, black-and-white photos of sisters, faces veiled behind their former habits. “Is that Sister So-and-So?” “Look, I found

 

you

 

.

 

.

 

.

 

I

 

think!”

 



 



Presente! Throughout the week, members gathered for “Calls to Jubilee,” in which we remembered the many people who have made Loretto

 

what

 

it

 

is

 

today:

 

our

 

friends

 

and

 

members,

 

our

 

founders

 

 and leaders who came before us, and the staff who supported and

 

served

 

with

 

us.

 

At

 

one

 

Call,

 

Marian

 

McAvoy

 

SL

 

led

 

us

 

in

 

 invoking

 

the

 

many

 

“friends

 

of

 

Mary”

 

—

 

sisters,

 

co-­members

 

and

 

 friends, living and deceased — who could not be present at this event.

 

We

 

called

 

out

 

“Presente!”

 

after

 

each

 

name,

 

inviting

 

them

 

 into the celebration. We wrote their names on ribbons and pinned them to a bright and festive quilt, a simple reminder of the many, diverse strands that make up the fabric of the community. Later,

 

during

 

the

 

Jubilee

 

Mass

 

on

 

April

 

25,

 

this

 

ritual

 

of

 

naming

 

 continued.

 

The

 

communion

 

song,

 

led

 

by

 

cantors

 

Maria

 

Visse

 

SL

 

 and Susan Classen CoL, was a Litany of the Saints, complete with the names of many inspirational people who have shaped 18

 

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A

 

reflection

 

on

 

the

 

Jubilee

 

Homecoming Photos by Donna Mattingly SL and Katie Jones

Above: The Loretto Community begins to gather near Badin Pond on the Kentucky Motherhouse property for a formal photo during the Homecoming Celebration in late April. Upper left: Mary Swain SL closely inspects one of the displays in the Loretto Heritage Center. Center left: Community members enjoy all of the exhibits in the Archives and Museum. Below left: In a call to remember and invoke the spiritual presence of all Loretto members past and present, the community gathers outdoors to pin ribbons on a festive quilt, each ribbon bearing the name of a Loretto member who has died.

the community over the years. “Praxedes Carty, pray for us . . .” “Mary

 

Luke

 

Tobin,

 

pray

 

for

 

us

 

.

 

.

 

.”

 

“Rose

 

Annette

 

Liddell,

 

pray

 

 for us.” Asking for the prayer and presence of 200 years of strong and inspirational women was a powerful act. It was not simply a remembrance of the past but a calling forth of our roots, our lineage, into the present. “All you holy men and women, pray for us.”

change. Their talks provoked conversation among participants and kept the wheels turning about the future of Loretto’s mission to “work for justice and act for peace.” All week we had come to feel proud, joyful, and inspired. How appropriate to end this celebration taking that inspiration and turning it outward . . . into Loretto’s third century. ____________________________________________________

After

 

Mass,

 

we

 

slowly

 

and

 

carefully

 

made

 

our

 

way

 

down

 

the

 

hill

 

 toward Badin Pond for an all-Loretto photo. All members who could move or be moved came down — stepping down the hill or winding their way down the path in wheelchairs. We helped each

 

other

 

as

 

we

 

were

 

able,

 

with

 

plenty

 

of

 

help

 

from

 

Infirmary

 

 staff,

 

as

 

well.

 

Miraculously,

 

we

 

all

 

made

 

it

 

down

 

the

 

hill,

 

and

 

 the sun shined for the photo, a perfect capture of the face of our community today.

Stepping into the future The closing event of the week was a Symposium on the Future. Three members, Delores Kincaide SL, Kim Klein CoL, and Maureen

 

Fiedler

 

SL,

 

gave

 

presentations

 

on

 

new

 

directions

 

in

 

 Loretto

 

and

 

beyond:

 

evolutionary

 

consciousness,

 

shifting

 

values

 

 on wealth and quality of life, and the call to address climate

About the Author: Katie Jones is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Loretto Community. She lives in Washington, D.C., and directs Loretto’s volunteer program, which gives young adults the opportunity to serve the mission of Loretto, working in social-justice placements for a year while living simply and communally with others. Katie first

 

met

 

Loretto

 

as

 

a

 

volunteer

 

 herself, serving for a year with Maureen Fiedler SL at Interfaith Voices radio show in the nation’s capital. She is constantly “wowed” by Loretto members’ passion for living justly, and is grateful to work for so many “role models.” Summer

 

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Our past, present, and future depicted beautifully in new Loretto Heritage Center Particular honor paid to Loretto’s teaching tradition

The Center was dedicated on April 22 in Nerinx, Ky., complete with a blessing, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and reception for major donors and honored guests. The Loretto Community enjoyed a similar celebration and open house two days later as a part of the Community’s 200th Anniversary Jubilee Homecoming at the Motherhouse.

Denise Ann Clifford SL, left, leads the parade to the Loretto Heritage Center: Archives and Museum.

Timeline 2000: Concept of an Archives/Heritage Center was raised. 2002-2005: Initial concepts explored with The Westerly Group, Inc., Madison, Ind., and consulting architects Donovan & Donovan, Vincennes, Ind. A death within Westerly Group put the project on hold. 2006: Loretto Administration reexamined, reevaluated the project. 2007: Exeutive Committee approved Phase 1: Renovation of the historic Loretto Auditorium, once two-thirds of funding was raised. Campaign launched to secure funding for Phase I. 2008: Renovation began. 2009: Loretto Archives relocated to newly renovated space. Archives opened for business on second level of Heritage Center. Museum opened to the public on first level with temporary exhibits. 2010: Funding received for Phase 2: Overall design and permanent exhibits. Professional designers contracted; Loretto team appointed to work with them to design and present Loretto’s story. 2011: Special Appeal to create and install permanent exhibits. April 2012: Formal Dedication/Blessing of the Loretto Heritage Center: Archives & Museum.

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Photos by Donna Mattingly SL

“N

ever in my wildest, most fantastic dreams did I think the Loretto Heritage Center would look and feel the way it does,” said Loretto Development Director Denise Ann Clifford SL. “I had dreamed about what it would look like, but when I actually walked in there — to be enveloped by all this beauty and history, and all the spirit that goes into that kind of project — it was like a dream come true. Who knew back in the year 2000 that this would be real? I felt like the Velveteen Rabbit. This is real, at last!”

We acknowledge these key ‘movers and shakers’ . . . who have seen the Heritage Center through from conception and design, to execution, construction, dedication, and joyous opening celebration: Loretto Heritage Center Planning Committee Denise

 

Ann

 

Clifford

 

SL Eleanor

 

Craig

 

SL Antoinette

 

Doyle

 

SL Marie

 

Ego

 

SL Roberta

 

Hudlow

 

SL Donna

 

Mattingly

 

SL Kate

 

Misbauer

 

SL Janet

 

Rabideau

 

SL Anthony

 

Mary

 

Sartorius

 

SL Robert

 

Strobridge

 

CoL †

 

Susan

 

Swain

 

SL

From left: Sisters Denise Ann Clifford, Eleanor Craig, Judy Popp, and Loretto Communications Director Jean Schildz discover what the computerized research system can do.

Archives Assistants Katherine

 

Ann

 

Heinz

 

SL,

 

Volunteer Marcia

 

Mohin,

 

Assistant

Designers, Builders, Creators The

 

Westerly

 

Group,

 

Madison,

 

Ind. Camille

 

Fife Donovan

 

&

 

Donovan,

 

Architects Vincennes,

 

Ind. Design

 

&

 

Production

 

Resources,

 

St.

 

Louis Michael

 

&

 

Nancy

 

Heusler

 

 Alexandra

 

Guillossou Innovations

 

in

 

Art,

 

St.

 

Louis Springfield

 

Contracting,

 

Springfield,

 

Ky. Jerry

 

Osbourne

 

and

 

Bob

 

Osbourne

Summer

 

2012

 

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loretto community members to remember

Joseph Green, DMD, CoL, October 4, 1925 — April 24, 2012 Loretto co-member Joseph Green, “Dr. Joe,” 86, died Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012, in Lebanon, Ky., from complications of pneumonia. He was a life-long resident of Lebanon and member of St. Augustine Catholic Church there. His friendship with the Sisters of Loretto began more than 80 years ago when he was a student at St. Augustine’s Elementary School. His friendship continued with us at St. Augustine’s High School and on through the years. He had a dental practice in Lebanon for 36 years. During those years he also donated his time and talents as a dentist to the Sisters of Loretto, the Sisters of Charity, the Monks of Gethsemani and the priests and seminarians at St. Mary’s College. Dr. Joe was a devoted volunteer most of his life, and received many civic and religious awards for his extraordinary service. After his retirement in 1990 he donated his dental equipment and

 

set

 

up

 

an

 

office

 

at

 

Loretto

 

Motherhouse

 

Infirmary,

 

which

 

allowed

 

for

 

continued

 

dental

 

hygiene

 

 and professional care, with minimal discomfort in transporting the most dependent residents of the skilled-care facility. Dr. Joe became a Loretto co-member in 2002. Susan Swain SL, August 11, 1945 — April 27, 2012 Susan Swain was born in St. Louis, Mo., to Harry and Helen Swain, and was the younger of two daughters. She was educated by the Sparkill Dominicans at Little Flower School, Susan was always part of Loretto because her mother Helen was a Webster graduate with many good Loretto friends. It was not a surprise when upon graduating

 

from

 

Nerinx

 

Hall

 

in

 

1963

 

Susan

 

entered

 

the

 

Loretto

 

novitiate.

 

Her

 

sister

 

Mary

 

had

 

entered

 

five

 

 years earlier. She earned a degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College, St. Louis, in 1968. Susan’s teaching assignments began in Kansas City from 1968 through 1983, in Denver from 1985 through 2002 teaching at St. Pius in Aurora, and serving as principal of the Lower School at St. Mary’s Academy. In the mid-1990s a group of people began meeting at Guadalupe parish in northwest Denver planning for a school, and in 1999 Escuela de Guadalupe became a reality. Susan, along with Alicia Ramírez SL and Joy Gerity CoL, served on the planning group of the Escuela Board through 2012. Susan was a full-time Loretto Executive Committee member

 

working

 

on

 

staff

 

at

 

the

 

Denver

 

office

 

from

 

2001

 

through

 

2009.

 

She

 

continued

 

on

 

staff

 

until

 

her

 

death.

 

Susan

 

died

 

 at age 66 in her 48th year as a Sister of Loretto. Joe Cole CoL, April 14, 1918 — May 3, 2012 Enoch “Joe” Cole was born in Roe, Ark. His family moved to St. Louis when he was a young boy. His mother died in childbirth when he was seven years old, and soon afterward he, his father, grandmother, and six sisters moved to nearby Kirkwood, Mo., in a horse-drawn wagon. He grew up in a segregated society, attending Douglas High School in Webster Groves. He worked for several Kirkwood businesses and served on the police force for a time. He married Rose in 1967, and they raised seven children. In 1954, Joe founded Club 44, a Kirkwood-based Christian youth organization with the theme “Working Together For (4) God, For (4) Country.” Over the years the club sponsored special educational trips for more than 3,000 young members who would plan the trips and work to help pay their own expenses. In the 1960s Joe became good friends with Helen Santamaria SL, principal of Loretto’s Nerinx Hall High School in Webster Groves. Years later when Helen moved to El Paso, Joe would bring Club 44 to Texas every summer. He became a Loretto co-member in 1975, saying “I have been working with the Sisters of Loretto for over 10 years because I believe in what they stand for . . . their ideals and principles and my ideals and principles.” Joe received many civic awards and honors for his good works. He died at age 94 in his 37th year as a co-member. Marie Noël Hebert SL, July 31, 1918 — May 8, 2012 Monica Hebert was born to Louis Noel Hebert and Loretto Agnes McDonald Hebert in Denver. With her religious name

 

of

 

Marie

 

Noël

 

she

 

was

 

received

 

into

 

Loretto

 

in

 

1948,

 

made

 

her

 

first

 

vows

 

in

 

1950,

 

and

 

pronounced

 

her

 

final

 

 vows in 1953. Noël, as she was known, earned her A.B. degree at Webster College in Webster Groves, Mo., in 1956, and her master’s degree in education at St. Louis University in 1964. From 1950 through 1970 Noël taught at Loretto schools in Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Mo., Mobile, Ala., Colorado Springs, Colo., Santa Fe, N.M., and in Sterling, Ill., where she served as superior and principal of Newman High School. In 1971, Marie Noël took the job of secretary of

 

the

 

central

 

office

 

staff

 

of

 

Helen

 

Sanders

 

SL.

 

In

 

2004,

 

she

 

moved

 

to

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Center,

 

Littleton,

 

 Colo.,

 

and

 

two

 

years

 

later

 

to

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Motherhouse

 

Infirmary,

 

Nerinx,

 

Ky.

 

She

 

died

 

at

 

age

 

93

 

in

 

her

 

64th

 

year

 

as

 

a

 

 Sister of Loretto.

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loretto community members to remember

John Michael Ritchie SL, November 14, 1921 — May 8, 2012 Annie Clarice Ritchie was born in Bardstown, Ky., one of eight children born to George and Marie Hagan Ritchie. Clarice attended Sutherland Public School in Bardstown and Bethlehem Academy in St. John, Ky., graduating in 1940. She entered the Loretto novitiate that fall, received her religious name, John Michael, pronounced

 

first

 

vows

 

in

 

1943

 

and

 

final

 

vows

 

in

 

1947.

 

In

 

1953

 

she

 

earned

 

her

 

college

 

degree

 

in

 

elementary

 

 education

 

from

 

Webster

 

College

 

in

 

Webster

 

Groves,

 

Mo.

 

She

 

began

 

teaching

 

first

 

graders

 

in

 

1943

 

and

 

continued

 

 this profession through 1986 at schools in St. Louis, Rockford, Ill., Houston, and Denver. In 1987 she tutored at the Loretto Learning Center in St. Louis for a year then moved to Denver where she served as Sacistan at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. John Michael died at age 90 at the Motherhouse in her 71st year as a Sister of Loretto. Imogene Anspach CoL, October 31, 1924 — May 9, 2012 Imogene

 

Anspach

 

was

 

born

 

in

 

Ada,

 

Ohio,

 

and

 

began

 

her

 

affiliation

 

with

 

the

 

Roman

 

Catholic

 

Church

 

in

 

1949

 

at

 

 age 25, volunteering in parish work for many years. She earned her diploma at the School of Nursing in Lima, Ohio, in 1945 and her B.S. in nursing education from the University of Denver in 1957. She completed her master’s degree in 1961. She worked as an operating-room nurse for three years after World War II ended, and then

 

as

 

an

 

office

 

nurse

 

from

 

1948

 

to

 

1951.

 

For

 

the

 

next

 

two

 

years

 

she

 

served

 

in

 

the

 

United

 

States

 

Navy

 

Nurse

 

 Corp. Imogene worked as a school nurse with the Denver Public Schools until her retirement in 1983. She became chief nurse with the Colorado Army National Guard from 1963 until her retirement 20 years later. In 1987 Imogene joined the Loretto Community as a co-member. She was 87 years old at the time of her death and was in her 25th year as a co-member. Margaret Grant CoL, April 13, 1927 — May 10, 2012 Margaret Bergin was born in Denver and was the third child in the family, with two older brothers and a younger brother and sister. She attended elementary school at St. Dominic’s in Denver, graduating in 1940. Margaret became acquainted with the Sisters of Loretto at Holy Family High School, from which she graduated in 1944. She met and married Philip Hastings in 1947; they had seven children. During those busy child-rearing years, she was a room mother, a den mother, a driver, a homemaker, while Phil was a Scout leader and a baseball and basketball coach. After Phil’s death in 1967, Margaret went to work for the Denver Public Schools. She met Will Grant through the Christian Family Movement, and they married in 1971. Margaret lost two of her sons to car accidents — Brian in 1972 and Mark in 1980. Will passed away in 1985. Margaret joined the Loretto Community as a co-member in 1997, often worked with the Loretto Bridge community and Special Religious Education. She died after a long illnes at age 85 and in her 14th year as a Loretto co-member. Martha Ann Koch SL, January 11, 1916 — May 26, 2012 Martha

 

Ann

 

Koch

 

was

 

the

 

youngest

 

of

 

the

 

five

 

children

 

born

 

in

 

St.

 

Louis,

 

Mo.,

 

to

 

John

 

and

 

Madeline

 

B.

 

Koch.

 

 She

 

was

 

educated

 

by

 

the

 

Sisters

 

of

 

Loretto

 

from

 

first

 

grade

 

through

 

college,

 

and

 

had

 

decided

 

early

 

on

 

that

 

she

 

 wanted

 

to

 

join

 

Loretto.

 

She

 

entered

 

the

 

novitiate

 

in

 

1944,

 

making

 

first

 

vows

 

in

 

1946,

 

keeping

 

her

 

baptismal

 

 name

 

Martha

 

Ann,

 

and

 

pronouncing

 

final

 

vows

 

in

 

1950.

 

Martha

 

Ann

 

earned

 

her

 

A.B.

 

degree

 

in

 

English

 

with

 

 minors in education and social studies at Webster College in 1956. She received her master’s degree in education at Notre Dame University in 1962. From that time through 1981, Martha served as principal in three different schools

 

in

 

the

 

Denver

 

area

 

and

 

as

 

fifth

 

grade

 

teach

 

at

 

St.

 

Philomena,

 

a

 

Loretto

 

school,

 

later

 

serving

 

as

 

secretary

 

 to

 

the

 

principal

 

there

 

for

 

several

 

years.

 

In

 

1985

 

she

 

began

 

work

 

at

 

the

 

Loretto

 

Staff

 

Office

 

in

 

Denver

 

and

 

in

 

1988

 

 became

 

secretary

 

in

 

the

 

Development

 

Office.

 

She

 

moved

 

to

 

Loretto

 

Center

 

in

 

2000,

 

and

 

eight

 

years

 

later

 

to

 

the

 

 Motherhouse

 

Infirmary

 

in

 

Nerinx,

 

Ky.

 

Martha

 

was

 

96

 

years

 

old

 

at

 

the

 

time

 

of

 

her

 

death

 

and

 

in

 

her

 

68th

 

year

 

as

 

a

 

 Sister of Loretto.

We appreciate and thank Loretto Archivist Kate Misbauer SL and the Archives staff for preparing these remembrances. We also thank Joy Gerity, Marie Lourde Steckler SL, and Kay Carlew for their contributions. All detailed remembrances may be read at www.lorettocommunity.org. Summer

 

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gifts

Memorials and Tributes of Honor February — May 2012 Throughout this list of Memorials and Tributes, an asterisk ( *)

 

following

 

a

 

name

 

identifies

 



 

 that person as a Loretto co-member.

In Memory of:

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by: Marian Anderson

 



 



 



 



 



 

Madonna

 

E.

 

Newburg Imogene Anspach*

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Moses Baskin

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Louise Beutner SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe

 



 



 



 



 

Elmira

 

Smith

 

Wilkey Aloysia Marie Blincoe SL Nerinckx Blincoe SL Ricarda Blincoe SL

 



 



 



 

Jane

 

Simile May

 

Bonfils-­Stanton

 



 



 



 



 

Bonfils–Stanton

 

Fndtn. Mary Roger Brennan SL Susann

 

M.

 

Evans Frances Buetenbach SL

 



 



 



 



 

Donald

 

Tiffany Rose Camacho

 



 



 



 



 

Christine

 

&

 

Raul

 

Santoyo Joan Campbell SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Scriffiny Maura Campbell SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Charles & Violette Carpenter Family

 



 



 



 



 

Virginia

 

Carpenter Jean Carmel Cavanaugh SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Rev. Ivo Cecil

 



 



 



 



 

Frances

 

P.

 

Mattingly Joe Cole*

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community David M. Colvin

 



 



 



 



 



 

Prudence

 

&

 

Joseph

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Hopkins

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Ivancic Anne LaCour Comeaux The

 

Loretto

 

Community Aline Dalton SL

 



 



 



 



 

Richard

 

Haber

Patricia Doyle SL

 



 



 



 



 

Kitty

 

Madden* Barbara McLatchey Draper

 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Scriffiny Margaret Grace Elsey SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe The Farrar & Trujillo Families

 



 



 



 



 

Ernestine

 

Farrar Frances & Robert Feeney Family

 



 



 



 



 

Virginia

 

Carpenter Joseph C. Fitzgerald

 



 



 



 



 

Bonnie

 

Frost

 

Fitzgerald E. Ruth Flebbe* †

 

Imogene

 

Anspach* Marie Agnes Fobes SL

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community

 



 



 



 



 

Antoinette

 

&

 

Robert

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Swanson Margaret Therriault Foster

 



 



 



 



 

Gay

 

DeMars Jody

 

Gatens-­McKenna

 



 



 



 



 

Paula

 

Palotay Rita Ann Golus

 



 



 



 



 

Harold

 

M.

 

Golus Candy Goodner

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

A.

 

Highland Ester Marie Goodrow SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Margaret Grant*

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Dr. Joe Green*

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Francis Therese Halloran SL

 



 



 



 



 

Patricia

 

&

 

Robert

 

Morris Mary Eileen Harrington

 



 



 



 



 

Donald

 

Tiffany

 

 Marie Noël Hebert SL

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community

Eileen Marie Heckman SL

 



 



 



 



 

Estate

 

of

 

Ida

 

T.

 

Hangen

 



 



 



 



 

Patricia

 

&

 

Robert

 

Morris

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Mary Carlann Herman SL

 



 



 



 



 

Gabrielle

 

Fitzpatrick Marie Patrice Hoare SL Mary

 

Gail

 

&

 

Thomas

 

Horan

 

 Gertrude Hoeckel

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Scriffiny Isabel Jackson

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Chuck Jamail

 



 



 



 



 

Kathy

 

&

 

Jim

 

Jamail Bernice Juen SL

 



 



 



 



 

Miriam

 

G.

 

Chen Mary

 

&

 

Gene

 

Kaiser Colette

 

&

 

Terance

 

Purcell Martha

 

Ann

 

Koch

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Joyce

 

Kreidler

 



 



 



 



 

Cecilia

 

&

 

Armando

 

Mata Fred

 

J.

 

Kurtz

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Scriffiny Abby Marie Lanners

 



 



 



 



 

Patricia

 

&

 

Larry

 

Lanners

 



 



 



 



 

Lisa

 

Reynolds*

 

&

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Zachary

 

Rombakis Gerald Lawless

 



 



 



 



 

Patricia

 

Lawless Mary Leibman*

 



 



 



 



 

Alice

 

Mattingly Rose Annette Liddell SL Barbara

 

Meinert Paschalita Linehan SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

C.

 

Neary

 

Cernicek Loretto

 

1812-­2012

 

Jubilee

 



 



 



 



 



 

Laura

 

&

 

Gene

 

Sinex All my Loretto teachers Madeleine

 

Jenne

Throughout

 

these

 

lists

 

of

 

donors:

 

 † indicates

 

deceased;

 

*

 



 

indicates

 

Loretto

 

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Sisters of Loretto for their

 



 



 



 



 

love

 

and

 

sacrifice

 



 



 



 



 

Janice

 

Ray

 

Hallman Sisters of Loretto who served Santa Fe

 



 



 



 



 

Elena

 

&

 

Bill

 

O’Connell Sisters of Loretto who taught at St. Mary’s, Colorado Springs, Colo.

 



 



 



 



 

Virginia

 

Faulkner Karen

 

Madden

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Rev.

 

Barbara

 

Beam*

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

&

 

Jim

 

Bruce

 



 



 



 



 

Lois

 

Buckley

 



 



 



 



 

Frances

 

Finnegan

 



 



 



 



 

Kitty

 

Madden* Catherine

 

&

 

Robert

 

Owens Loretto Anne Madden SL Theresa Madden SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

&

 

Jim

 

Bruce

 



 



 



 



 

Frances

 

Finnegan Patricia Madden

 



 



 



 



 

Kitty

 

Madden* Edwin Mary McBride SL

 



 



 



 



 

Margaret

 

Couvillon

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Dr. John J. McDonnell

 



 



 



 



 

Helen

 

McDonnell Genevieve McGivern

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Raymond McLaughlin

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Mary Jean Moriarity

 



 



 



 



 

Ladies’

 

Ancient

 

Order

 

of

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Hibernians Jane Frances Mueller SL

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Charles Mulhall

 



 



 



 



 

Alice

 

Mulhall Joseph Mulrooney

 



 



 



 



 

Karen

 

Crush Marie Clyde Murphy SL Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe

Mary Ellen Murray

 



 



 



 



 

Barbara

 

Johnson Rick Nietubicz

 



 



 



 



 

Gay

 

&

 

Jim

 

Lenox Mary Naomi O’Meara SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Denis

 

Bruck

 

SL Elizabeth Owens

 



 



 



 



 

Marilyn

 

Koncen Joseph B. Pawley

 



 



 



 



 

Barbara

 

C.

 

Pawley Esther Payne SL

 



 



 



 



 

Donald

 

Tiffany Nadine Hentzen Pearce

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Worland Bernard Phillips

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Ann

 
���Phillips Ann Monica Pierce SL

 



 



 



 



 

Judith

 

&

 

Anthony

 

Piana Marie Catherine Pohndorf SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Steve Purcell

 



 



 



 



 

Jo

 

Ann*

 

&

 

Larry*

 

Purcell Lucy Ruth Rawe SL

 



 



 



 



 

Bettie

 

&

 

John

 

Rawe Cecille Reddin SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Anne Ferras Remedios

 



 



 



 



 

Vincent

 

Remedios Betty Rhode Michael Rhode

 



 



 



 



 

Cynthia

 

Corn John Michael Ritchie SL The

 

Loretto

 

Community Ramona Marie Roberts SL

 



 



 



 



 

Gabrielle

 

Fitzpatrick Ida Romero Bernadette

 

&

 

Roger

 

Seick Michael Ruddy

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Ann Lucille Ryan SL

 



 



 



 



 

Joan

 

&

 

Paul

 

Sheffer Jeanne d’ Arc Schleicher SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe

Mr. & Mrs. Paul M. Schmidt

 



 



 



 



 

Regina

 

Schmidt Helen Jean Seidel SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

McCue Damian Mary Simmons SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe William J. Smith

 



 



 



 



 

Ladies’

 

Ancient

 

Order

 

of

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Hibernians Guadalupe Soriano HFS The

 

Loretto

 

Community Edna Spence

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Gloria Sullivan

 



 



 



 



 

Anonymous Susan Swain SL

 



 



 



 



 

LaFawn

 

Biddle

 

&

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Barbara

 

Biddle

 

Galoob

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

&

 

Jim

 

Bruce

 



 



 



 



 

Patty

 

Calixto*

 



 



 



 



 

Dennis

 

Cook

 



 



 



 



 

Shannon

 

&

 

Anthony

 

Drury

 



 



 



 



 

Phyllis

 

&

 

Joseph

 

Fresta

 



 



 



 



 

Patricia

 

Saddler

 

Hughes

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Louise

 

Murphy*

 



 



 



 



 

Marge*

 

&

 

Bob*

 

Riggs

 



 



 



 



 

Jayne

 

&

 

Kenneth

 

Shrier

 



 



 



 



 

Martha

 

Diss

 

Sundby Wilhelmina Thommen SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Eugenia Thompson SL Miriam

 

G.

 

Chen Ann Virginia Tighe SL

 



 



 



 



 

Peggy

 

&

 

Jim

 

Bischof,

 

Jr. Pat Toner SL

 



 



 



 



 

Eliza

 

Young Ida Rosina Trujillo

 



 



 



 



 

Barbara

 

L.

 

Martin Valerie Usinger SL

 



 



 



 



 

Judith

 

&

 

Anthony

 

Piana

Jo Velez

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Frances Marie Walsh SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Samuel

 

K.

 

&

 

Afifa

 

“Fifi”

 

 R. Wasaff

 

Margaret

 

Wasaff

 

Carpenter Jacqueline Wexler*

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Martha

 

Mueller Ray Wilkie*

 



 



 



 



 

The

 

Loretto

 

Community Mary Florence Wolff SL Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Ronald

 

K.

 

Woodruff

 



 



 



 



 

Chris

 

&

 

Sal

 

Molina

Patricia Buetenbach SL Catherine Albert Grawer SL Katherine

 

Monsimer

 

SL Magdalen Mary Skees SL Former

 

students

 

1955-­63

 



 



 



 



 

St.

 

Michael

 

School,

 



 



 



 



 



 

Houston

Summer

 

2012

 

•

 

25

gifts gifts

In Honor of:

 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by: Pauline Albin SL

 



 



 



 



 

Eliza

 

Young Mike, a friend of The Alpers Marianne

 

&

 

Patrick

 

Alpers Elise Andre*

 



 



 



 



 

Annriette

 

&

 

Bill

 

Stolte Lupe Arciniega SL

 



 



 



 



 

Martha

 

&

 

Ted

 

Groene Cabrini Bartolo SL

 



 



 



 



 

St.

 

Francis

 

de

 

Sales

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Catholic

 

Community,

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

West

 

Virginia Mary

 

Beth

 

“Buffy”

 

 Boesen SL

 



 



 



 



 

Eva

 

Ross Mary Denis Bruck SL

 



 



 



 



 

Marge*

 

&

 

Bob*

 

Riggs Mary Rhodes Buckler SL

 



 



 



 



 

Laura

 

&

 

Gene

 

Sinex Angelus Caron SL

 



 



 



 



 

Marge*

 

&

 

Bob*

 

Riggs Caroline Clark

 



 



 



 



 

Kathy

 

&

 

Jim

 

Jamail Elizabeth Ann Compton SL

 



 



 



 



 

Kate

 

Hakala Mary Ann Coyle SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Barbara Croghan SL

 



 



 



 



 

Marge*

 

&

 

Bob*

 

Riggs Mary Ann Cunningham SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Jeanne Cushing SL

 



 



 



 



 

Donald

 

Tiffany Kay

 

De

 

Marea

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Laura

 

&

 

Gene

 

Sinex Antoinette Doyle SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Marie Ego SL

 



 



 



 



 

Nancy

 

&

 

John

 

Colvin

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Ivancic

 



 



 



 



 

Trish

 

&

 

Bill

 

Lewis Elder & Daniels Families

 



 



 



 



 

Sally

 

Minelli Maureen Fiedler SL

 



 



 



 



 

Thomas

 

Bower Ann Francis Gleason SL

 



 



 



 



 

Martha

 

Joan

 

Bennett

26

 

•

 

Loretto

 

Magazine

Jeannine Gramick SL

 



 



 



 



 

Thomas

 

Bower

 



 



 



 



 

Frances

 

Leap

 

&

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Kathleen

 

Froncek

 



 



 



 



 

Joan

 

C.

 

O’Neill Clyde Graven,

 



 



 



 



 

90th

 

Birthday

 



 



 



 



 

Family

 

&

 

Friends

 

of

 



 



 



 



 



 

Maura

 

&

 

Clyde

 

Graven Joseph Highland

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

A.

 

Highland

 

 Gabriel Mary Hoare SL

 



 



 



 



 

Grace

 

Burke

 

Horvat Mermaid Inn

 



 



 



 



 

Cecilia

 

&

 

Armando

 

Mata Cecily Jones SL

 



 



 



 



 



 

Kitty

 

Madden* Rev. Marty Lally*

 



 



 



 



 

Terrence

 

F.

 

Mischel

 

&

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Bradley

 

Cameron Rosa Lizarde

 



 



 



 



 

Sally

 

Dunne* Loretto Teachers Grades 1 to 12 Madeleine

 

Jenne Loretto Members who participated in St. Mary’s Academy classes and

 



 



 



 



 

events,

 

2011-­2012 academic year

 



 



 



 



 

St.

 

Mary’s

 

Academy,

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Englewood,

 

Colo. Sisters of Loretto

 



 



 



 



 

200th

 

Anniversary

 

 Being & Serving

 



 



 



 



 

Dorothy

 

Ortner* Sisters

 

of

 

Loretto

 

200th Anniversary

 



 



 



 



 

Marilyn

 

Greco

 



 



 



 



 

Frances

 

Leap

 

&

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Kathleen

 

Froncek Sisters of Loretto for their

 



 



 



 



 

love

 

and

 

sacrifice

 



 



 



 



 

Janice

 

Ray

 

Hallman Sisters of Loretto who served Santa Fe, N.M.

 



 



 



 



 

Elena

 

&

 

Bill

 

O’Connell

Mary Fran Lottes SL

 



 



 



 



 

Estate

 

of

 

Arthur

 

E.

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Lottes,

 

Jr. P J Manion SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Rev. Joseph M. Mascioli

 



 



 



 



 

St.

 

Francis

 

de

 

Sales

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

Catholic

 

Community,

 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 



 

West

 

Virginia Gabriel Mason SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe Pat McCormick SL

 



 



 



 



 

Sue

 

McCormick

 

Morris Lydia Peña SL

 



 



 



 



 

Sandra

 

&

 

Bennie

 

Peña

 



 



 



 



 

Gia

 

&

 

Drew

 

Yoder Bill Price

 



 



 



 



 

Colette

 

&

 

Terry

 

Purcell Larry Purcell*

 



 



 



 



 

Judy

 

&

 

Steve

 

Reyhle Marie Joann Rekart SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mae

 

J.

 

McFarren

 



 



 



 



 

Paula

 

&

 

Brian

 

Gallagher Jeannine* & Don Solar

 



 



 



 



 

Helen

 

Walsh Marlene Spero SL

 



 



 



 



 

Jean

 

Anne

 

Stromsoe † Susan Swain SL

 



 



 



 



 

Kate

 

Hakala Richard Turelli

 



 



 



 



 

Loretta

 

Blessinger Ida Marie Weakland SL

 



 



 



 



 

Cathy

 

Reeves Ann White SL

 



 



 



 



 

Bertha

 

Timmel Natalie Wing SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mae

 

Morita

 

and

 

Family Jeanne Cushing SL Jeannette Marie Donnelly SL Susan Howard SL Simone Inkel SL Maureen McCormack SL Agnes Marie Plumb SL Former

 

students

 

1955-­63

 



 



 



 



 

St.

 

Michael

 

School,

 



 



 



 



 



 

Houston

2012

 

Diamond

 

Jubilarian Helen Ann Reynolds SL

 



 



 



 

Carol

 

Ann

 

Ptacek

 

SL

 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Seematter* 2012

 

Golden

 

Jubilarians Sandra Ardoyno SL Donna Day SL Sharon

 

Kassing

 

SL Carol Ann Ptacek SL Helen Santamaria SL Mary

 

Louise

 

“Billie”

 

 Vandover SL

 



 



 



 
���

 

Carol

 

Ann

 

Ptacek

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Denise

 

Ann

 

Clifford

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Seematter* Sandra Ardoyno SL

 



 



 



 



 

Pat

 

&

 

Bill

 

King Donna Day SL

 



 



 



 



 

Elena

 

&

 

Bill

 

O’Connell Sharon

 

Kassing

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Kathleen

 

Schott Carol Ann Ptacek SL

 



 



 



 



 

Martha

 

Belke

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Marge*

 

&

 

Bob*

 

Riggs 2012

 

Silver

 

Jubilarians Elizabeth Perez SL

 



 



 



 



 

Carol

 

Ann

 

Ptacek

 

SL

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Seematter*

 

 Alma Schuler* Mary Tan*

 



 



 



 



 

Mary

 

Seematter*

gifts

2011

 

Gifts

 

donated

 

to

 

 Loretto Hunger Fund

2011

 

Gifts

 

donated

 

to

 

 Loretto Motherhouse

In Memory of:

 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by:

2011

 

General

 

Gifts

 

 to the Hunger Fund

In Memory of:

 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by:

2011

 

General

 

Gifts

 

 to the Motherhouse

Raymond Bayers Barbara

 

A.

 

Light* Marie Patrice Hoare SL Kathleen

 

L.

 

Cody Barbara

 

A.

 

Light* Charlotte Rabbitt Barbara

 

A.

 

Light* Anna Barbara Sakurai* Barbara

 

Barbato

 

SL Cabrini

 

Bartolo

 

SL Marcella Marie Schauff SL Norman

 

&

 

Rita

 

Heeren

Anonymous Cabrini

 

Bartolo

 

SL Angelus

 

Caron

 

SL Change

 

for

 

Change,

 



 



 



 

Loretto

 

Center

 

St.

 

Louis Susan

 

Classen* Phyllis

 

Cole Barbara

 

Croghan

 

SL Derby

 

Party,

 

St.

 

Louis Lois

 

Dumphy

 

SL Nancy

 

Finneran

 

SL Joann

 

Gates* Peg

 

Jacobs* Cecily

 

Jones

 

SL Margaret

 

Rose

 

Knoll

 

SL Loretto

 

Center,

 

St.

 

Louis Loretto

 

Infirmary Loretto

 

Motherhouse Patricia

 

Jean

 

Manion

 

SL Mary

 

Ellen

 

McElroy

 

SL Mary

 

Thompson Rosalie

 

Marie

 

Phillips

 

SL Elaine

 

Prevallet

 

SL Jo

 

Ann*

 

and

 

Larry*

 

Purcell Dr.

 

Thomas,

 

M.

 

Maureen

 

C.,

 



 



 



 

and

 

T.

 

M.

 

Rauch Sue

 

Rogers

 

SL Anthony

 

Mary

 

Sartorius

 

SL Agnes

 

Ann

 

Schum

 

SL Patricia

 

Sheradan Marlene

 

Spero

 

SL Story

 

Telling,

 



 



 



 



 

Loretto

 

Motherhouse Maria

 

Visse

 

SL

Margaret Fitzgerald SL Dr.

 

Thomas

 

Passo Matthew Geraghty SL Barbara

 

A.

 

Basler Charles

 

&

 

Janice

 

Basler Nancie

 

&

 

Robert

 

Fives Joseph Mulrooney Roger

 

&

 

Anne

 

Baird Alva Nicholas Robert

 

&

 

Mary

 

Babcock

 

 Kyle

 

&

 

Giampaolo

 



 



 

Bianconcini

 

 Helen

 

Ann

 

Budde

 

 Helen

 

Carol

 

Budde Patsy

 

Gatlett Phillip

 

&

 

Jan

 

Gross

 



 



 

(Trustee) Christine

 

M.

 

Holtman Robert

 

&

 

Carlene

 

Laseter Loretto

 

High

 

School

 



 



 



 

Alumnae

 

Assn.,

 



 



 

Louiseville,

 

Ky. Family

 

of

 

Alva

 

Nicholas Virginia

 

Sartorius Catherine

 

M.

 

White

J.

 

Michael

 

&

 

Angela

 

D.

 



 



 

Ballard

 

 Janice

 

A.

 

Blanford Judith

 

L.

 

Bradley Governor’s

 

Scholars

 



 



 

Program,

 

Inc. Louis

 

Hall Sidney

 

Allen

 

King

 

Jr. Elizabeth

 

M.

 

Mariner G.

 

W.

 

Poutney Ellen

 

Thomas

 

Reynolds

 

SL Jeanne

 

Sabet Agnes

 

Ann

 

Schum

 

SL Michael

 

Tevlin Linda

 

K.

 

Winston

In Honor of:

 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by: Irma Avila SL Martha

 

Alderson* Kay

 

Carlew

 

SL Guadalupe

 

Arciniega

 

SL

 

 Donna Day SL Theresa

 

Coyle

 

SL

 

 Rev. Michael De Sciose* Guadalupe

 

Arciniega

 

SL Carole Eschen SL Guadalupe

 

Arciniega

 

SL Cecily Jones SL Carol

 

M.

 

Kaiman

 

SL Natalie Wing SL Mae

 

Morita

 

and

 

Family Kathy

 

Wright

 

SL Martha

 

Alderson* 2011

 

Golden

 

Jubilarians Kay

 

Carlew

 

SL Carole Eschen SL Jeannine Gramick SL Pat Joyce SL Penelope McMullen SL Anndavid Naeger SL Barbara Nicholas SL Sylvia Sedillo SL

In Honor of:

 



 



 



 



 

Requested

 

by: Rosalie Marie Phillips SL Mary

 

Stauder

 

 Gerald

 

&

 

Jacqueline

 



 

Stevison

The

 

financial

 

gifts

 

 shown

 

on

 

this

 

page

 

 were

 

not

 

available

 

 for

 

publication

 

at

 

 the

 

time

 

of

 

the

 

2011

 

 Loretto

 

Development

 

 Department

 

Annual

 

 Report

 

or

 

the

 

 Spring

 

2012

 

Loretto

 

 Magazine.

 

 We

 

have

 

included

 

 them

 

here

 

to

 

ensure

 

 they

 

are

 

recognized.

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Loretto Jubilee 2012 Events Schedule July

 

17-­23:

 



Loretto

 

Community

 

Election

 

Assembly,

 

St.

 

Louis,

 

Mo.

August 11:

 



 



“Spirit

 

and

 

Struggle,” a

 

conversation

 

with

 

Angela

 

Davis

 

and

 

 Vincent

 

Harding,

 

Denver,

 

Colo.

 



August 25:

 



 



2nd

 

Annual

 

Sister

 

Aline

 

Dalton

 

SL

 

Memorial

 

Golf

 

Tournament,

 

Littleton,

 

Colo.,

 

 which

 

is

 

the

 

Sisters

 

of

 

Loretto

 

17th

 

Annual

 

fundraiser

 

for

 

the

 

Retired

 

Sisters.

September 15:

 

 Jubilee

 

Liturgy,

 

St.

 

Pius

 

V

 

Church,

 

St.

 

Louis,

 

Mo.,

 

Archbishop

 

Carlson

 

presiding. September 16: Loretto in Colorado Exhibit,

 

Opening

 

Reception,

 

Denver

 

Public

 

Library.

 

 Exhibit

 

runs

 

through

 

Dec.

 

31. September 22:

 

 Jubilee

 

Liturgy

 

and

 

Reception

 

at

 

Christ

 

the

 

King

 

Church,

 

Louisville,

 

Ky. September 26:

 

 Jubilee

 

Mass,

 

St.

 

Francis

 

Cathedral

 

Basilica,

 

Santa

 

Fe,

 

N.M.;

 

 Prayer

 

service

 

and

 

talk

 

by

 

Elaine

 

Prevallet

 

SL,

 

Loretto

 

Chapel,

 

Santa

 

Fe. October 2:

 



Presentation

 

of

 

Loretto

 

Jubilee

 

Awards,

 

St.

 

Louis,

 

Mo.

October

 

13:

 



Jubilee

 

Gala,

 

Hyatt

 

Regency,

 

Reception,

 

Dinner,

 

Entertainment,

 

Denver,

 

Colo.

October

 

19-­20:

 

 “Earth

 

Mama”

 

Program:

 

Joint

 

Celebration

 

of

 

Loretto

 

Community

 

with

 

the

 



 

 Sisters

 

of

 

Charity,

 

Nazareth,

 

Ky.,

 

also

 

celebrating

 

200

 

years

 

in

 

2012,

 

Nerinx,

 

Ky.

 

 November 22:

 



 

Loretto

 

Academy

 

participates

 

in

 

the

 

Sun

 

Bowl

 

Parade,

 

El

 

Paso,

 

Texas.

 



 

 December 8:

 



Presentation

 

of

 

Loretto

 

Jubilee

 

Awards,

 

St.

 

Louis,

 

Mo.


Loretto Magazine - Summer 2012