Sister Loretta Jean Schorr entered religious life from St. Joseph parish in Duquesne, Pa. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her with influencing her decision to enter religious life, as she admired their dedication and joyfulness.
She earned a master of arts from La Salle College and a master of education from Penn State University. Being a believer in a holistic approach to life, she also holds degrees in theology, spirituality, and pastoral counseling. As an educator for 30 years, she taught at St. Mary’s in McKees Rocks, Pa., St. John’s in Monaca, Pa., SS. Peter and Paul in Beaver, Pa., St. Mary in Glenshaw, Pa., and St. Margaret in Greentree, Pa. She taught religious education at St. Anne in Castle Shannon, Pa., St. Winifred in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., and St. John Capistran in Upper St. Clair, Pa. She has also served as the director of deaconate formation/adult education for the Diocese of Wheeling, in Charleston, WV (1985–92); director of adult faith formation at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Raleigh, NC (1992–98); volunteer coordinator at Urban Ministries in Raleigh, NC (2001); program coordinator at Kearns Spirituality Center in Allison Park, Pa. (2003–07); director of operations for the Jubilee Association, Inc., in Pittsburgh, Pa. (2008–10); and since 2010, she has served as co-director at Providence Heights in Allison Park.
In 2012, she went on a 10-day trip to Cuba through the Witness for Peace program based in Washington, D.C. She was the only religious among a group of 24 people of all walks of life. The group heard lectures on Cuban culture and made on-site visits to senior citizen facilities and schools to see local gardening operations. Upon their return to this country, group members traveled to Washington to share what they learned with legislators.
Sister Loretta Jean considers daily trust in Divine Providence as the most important aspect of living out the Community’s charism. She says, “As Emily Dickinson said, ‘I dwell in possibilities.’ That’s me. In my daily encounters and tasks, I know God is there and that all will work for the good, regardless. It is not something one speaks so much as lives.”