Anna Koop, SL, grew up in Minnesota of German, Irish and Scandinavian heritage. She entered the Loretto Community in 1969. Later, she received a Masters in Social Work and worked in the field for about fifteen years. In 1978, she was called to live with homeless people at the Catholic Worker House in Denver, CO, and remained there until the house burned down in 2016. Anna currently volunteers at the Beloved Community Tiny Home Village, as well as for the Loretto Community. As of yet, the Catholic Worker has not managed to relocate although the work continues in a variety of forms with continued hope. Protests with occasional arrests have been a part of her commitment to the Loretto charism: working for justice and acting for peace. <annakoopsl[at]gmail.com>
Eileen Custy, SL, was born and raised on a dairy outside of Denver and attended a one room schoolhouse for her first eight years. After a year of college at Loretto Heights, she joined the Sisters of Loretto. In spite of the fact that she thought at that time she never wanted to be a teacher, she loved the work and taught for 46-years. Most of those years were spent in El Paso. Eileen “retired” in 2004 and moved to Kentucky where she has been an administrative assistant to the Motherhouse Coordinator ever since.
Karen Knoll, CoL, was introduced to Loretto at a young age by her aunt Sr. Margaret Rose. She was taught by Sisters of Loretto, volunteered at the Motherhouse Infirmary and organic garden, worked with Angela Bianco on the Navajo Reservation; and was Director of Cedars of Peace. Her connections with Loretto led her to travel to the US/Mexico border on a peace delegation, to attend sessions at the United Nations with Loretto's NGO office, and to participate in various protests, including Los Alamos National Laboratory and School of the Americas. Karen has worked as a nurse for 30 years while raising three children, and now enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren. She lives in Jemez Springs, NM, where she remains active in her local community.
Kim Klein, CoL, is an internationally known speaker and author, known for her ability to deliver information in a practical and humorous way. She has worked in all aspects of fundraising: as staff, as a volunteer and as a board member and has helped thousands of grassroots organizations survive and thrive through tough political and economic realities. Kim is the author of five books including her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its 7th edition. This book is widely used by practitioners and university programs alike. She has provided training and consultation in all 50 United States, five Canadian provinces and 21 other countries. She is a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley. <kim[at]kleinandroth.com>
Libby Comeaux, CoL, is a (mostly) retired Colorado lawyer who serves on the Loretto Earth Network (LEN) co-coordinating team and edits LEN News. She volunteers for racial justice, rights of homeless persons, rights of nature, and climate resilience. In addition, she served as volunteer drafting support for the 2014 Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR) resolution in solidarity with Indigenous People's requests for revocation of the Doctrine of Discovery. What excites her about Loretto Link is the opportunity to dream big as we look to the future, finding new ways to fulfill Loretto charism.
Maureen O’Connell, SL, lives in Jacksboro, TN, and has been a vowed member of the Loretto Community for over 50 years. She grew up one of eleven children in a strongly union working class family, and was taught by Loretto sisters in grade school. Maureen taught for five years at Loretto High School in Louisville, KY, at a dynamic time when local civil rights, peace, and economic justice movements strongly compelled her to action. For the next 35 years, Maureen was a community organizer and later Director of a grassroots, membership community organization in rural Tennessee called SOCM (Save Our Cumberland Mountains). From a base in the coalfields of east Tennessee, SOCM grew to become state-wide and multi-racial, organizing around many economic, environmental, and social justice issues. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Paulette Peterson, CoL, has been with the Loretto Community since her time as a student at Webster College. A retired psychologist, Paulette served as Director of the Veteran's Center for 29 years. The Vet Center offers therapy, as well as immediate assistance for housing, food, and hospital care. She learned so much from Veterans about the impact of war and the serious damage it causes to body and spirit. Veterans also taught her about the resilience of the spirit as they struggled to live a life after trauma. Paulette now devotes most of her time to Loretto projects. Loretto is both her Spiritual home and her springboard for responding to the needs of our time. Paulette lives in New York City with her husband and two cats. <paulettemark11[at]msn.com>
Sally Dunne, CoL, met Loretto as a student at Nerinx Hall High School, and has lived Loretto values ever since. In 2008, she was appointed to represent the Loretto Community as Loretto's United Nations NGO Representative. She brought to the position a passion for equality and social and economic justice, combined with a solid background of business and professional experiences. With the leadership, knowledge and skills acquired through her experience in the business environment and in the educational arena, she developed a broad systems approach to analyzing issues and solving problems, and successfully used this approach in advocacy at the UN and in collaboration with other NGOs for almost nine years. <sdunne3883[at]gmail.com>
"I'm excited to be a part of Loretto Link because I believe it creates new space, without outside constraints, to live Loretto community and values into the future with all members participating equally in governance.”