Loretto alumnae group awards grants

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From eco-friendly burial to a homeless shelter, efforts of the Sisters of Loretto and their co-members are getting a financial boost from former Loretto students.

The Loretto High School Alumnae Association annually awards grants to the sisters and lay co-members of the congregation. This year, the association awarded $3,500 in grants, each up to $500.

The alumnae group said in an announcement about the awards, “sharing the association’s resources helps to express our gratitude to the many Sisters of Loretto who were our teachers. The values instilled in us by the teaching and example of these women remain powerful influences.”

Loretto High School, once located at 4432 W. Broadway, closed in 1973 after nearly 75 years of education. The alumnae association, which was established about nine years ago, has about 1,000 members.

The association awards its grants to projects “in educational work or in activities that promote compassion, mercy, justice and peace,” the announcement said,

This year’s grant recipients are:
Sister of Loretto Buffy Boesen — The grant will aid her work in immigrant resettlement with Annunciation House at Nazareth Hall in El Paso, Texas.

Karen Cassidy, a co-member and executive director of Hildegard House — The grant will help offer “the compassionate care which she and volunteers provide for otherwise homeless individuals at their end of life at Hildegard House in Louisville,” the announcement said.

Sister of Loretto Mary Ann Gleason — The grant will support her efforts in Uganda, where she works with children who have HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Sister of Loretto Mary Margaret Murphy — Funds will support her work with the residents of Villa Maria Homeless Shelter in El Paso.

Sister of Loretto Maureen O’Connell — The funds will support her effort to develop a museum that recognizes the dangers faced by women and convicts working in coal mines.

Sister of Loretto Anthony Mary Sartorius and others at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. — Funding will help them establish a green burial space for community members who choose environmentally-friendly burial.

Barbara Wander, a co-member — The grant will help her work with the Little Sisters in Haiti to provide meals, housing and scholarships to children and young adults.

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