Loretto Magazine - Summer 2012
Loretto Magazine is published three times a year. The publication highlights how the Loretto Community works for justice and acts for peace, sustained by the prayerful and financial support of its benefactors. In this issue of Loretto Magazine, a wrap-up of our 200-year jubilee celebration, the final vows of Sister Natalie Wing, and a special peek into the new Loretto Heritage Museum.
Summer 2012 Volume 54, No. 2 Members gather and rejoice at Lorettoâ€™s old Kentucky home marking 200 extraordinary years LORETTO COMMUNITY About this issue . . . T 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 16-17, We we halso ope yproudly ou will enjoy the “our ofﬁcial” group 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 email@example.com much hard work to fulﬁll 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Contents 2012 Golden and Silver Jubilarians Recognized. . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sister Natalie Wing makes ﬁnal vows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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. 24 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 Ofﬁce. 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 Ofﬁce: Loretto Central Ofﬁce 4000 So. Wadsworth Blvd. Littleton, CO 80123-1308 Circulation Ofﬁce: Loretto Staff Ofﬁce 590 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 2 • Loretto Magazine 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 2012 • 3 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 I 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 deﬁned 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 difﬁcult 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. 4 • Loretto Magazine 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. R 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 W 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 I 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 conﬁrmed 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 reﬂect on how their novitiate experience has inﬂuenced 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 inﬂuenced 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 ��� Staff Ofﬁce, 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 2012 • 5 Natalie Wing SL makes final vows in joyouse Motherhouse ceremony By Natalie Wing SL A 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 6 • Loretto Magazine 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 certiﬁed 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 Summer 2012 • 7 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 signiﬁcant to me, not only because the teachers and course work inﬂuenced my life to serve in parish and diocesan work, but also 8 • Loretto Magazine 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 conﬁdence 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 signiﬁcant 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 Inﬁrmary at the Motherhouse. I also volunteered in the ﬁnance ofﬁce 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 inﬂuence 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 inﬂuence. 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 2012 • 9 Billie Vandover be grateful for the gift of my vocation. Is it challenging to be an executive director of a non-proﬁt? 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 Inﬁrmary. 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 • Loretto Magazine a “gofer” in the Inﬁrmary. I also fed Inﬁrmary 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 Inﬁrmary. 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. Fred and Jane Harris Summer 2012 • 11 Mary C. Lies CoL 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 beneﬁt 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. Ronald and Mary Lies 12 • Loretto Magazine 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 Inﬁrmary and am ofﬁcially retired. In the recent past, I have folded napkins for the dining room and relieved the Inﬁrmary 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 signiﬁcant 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 2012 • 13 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 speciﬁc 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 Delﬁne 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. 14 • Loretto Magazine 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 Ofﬁce 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 Inﬁrmary Coordinator if I could take Sister Delﬁne 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 difﬁcult 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 20-21. A time to begin anew Summer 2012 • 15 16 • Loretto Magazine Photo by John and Joanne Bramel, Lebanon, Ky., jbramelphotography.com Summer 2012 • 17 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 signiﬁcance: 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 • Loretto Magazine A reﬂection 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 Inﬁrmary 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 2012 • 19 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. 20 • Loretto Magazine 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 Springﬁeld Contracting, Springﬁeld, Ky. Jerry Osbourne and Bob Osbourne Summer 2012 • 21 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 ofﬁce at Loretto Motherhouse Inﬁrmary, 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 ofﬁce 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 ofﬁce staff of Helen Sanders SL. In 2004, she moved to the Loretto Center, Littleton, Colo., and two years later to the Loretto Motherhouse Inﬁrmary, Nerinx, Ky. She died at age 93 in her 64th year as a Sister of Loretto. 22 • Loretto Magazine Issue Date • 22 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 afﬁliation 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 ofﬁce 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 Ofﬁce in Denver and in 1988 became secretary in the Development Ofﬁce. She moved to Loretto Center in 2000, and eight years later to the Motherhouse Inﬁrmary 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 2012 • 23 gifts Memorials and Tributes of Honor February — May 2012 Throughout this list of Memorials and Tributes, an asterisk ( *) following a name identiﬁes 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 Bonﬁls-Stanton Bonﬁls–Stanton Fndtn. Mary Roger Brennan SL Susann M. Evans Frances Buetenbach SL Donald Tiffany Rose Camacho Christine & Raul Santoyo Joan Campbell SL Mary Scrifﬁny 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 Scrifﬁny 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 Scrifﬁny 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 Scrifﬁny 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 Co-member 24 • Loretto Magazine gifts Sisters of Loretto for their love and sacriﬁce 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. & Aﬁfa “Fiﬁ” 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 sacriﬁce 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 Inﬁrmary 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. Martha Alderson* Summer 2012 • 27 Loretto Magazine 590 E. Lockwood St. Louis, MO 63119-3279 NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID ST. LOUIS, MO PERMIT NO. 2816 Address Service Requested 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.