History Program Alum Serves as Co-Executive Producer for “We Shall Not Be Moved”

Arts & Humanities, Outcomes

By: Ashley Eilers

File Under: "we shall not be moved: the catholic sisters of new orleans", alumni, department of history

Before Loretta Dees held the title “co-executive producer,” she was a student at the College of Mount St. Joseph majoring in history. Today, Dees ‘06 is the Director of Communications and Program Officer for SC Ministry Foundation, and she most recently served as the co-executive producer for the documentary “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans,” which is scheduled to air locally on Oct. 21.

History in the Making

Dees studied history at the Mount with a minor in American studies, and credits the history program with preparing her for her work. Dees says Dr. Tim Lynch, chair of the Department of History, encouraged her during her time at the Mount to take full advantage of every opportunity she could, which included accepting a co-op position with SC Ministry Foundation. “The history program instilled in me the responsibility to ensure everyone has a voice, especially those struggling for power,” says Dees. She believes combining philosophy and history in addition to the program’s emphasis on social history allows students to challenge traditional ways of thinking. 

“We Shall Not Be Moved:The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans”

The documentary tells the story of six Catholic communities of Sisters from New Orleans who rebuilt after the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Katrina. As co-executive producer, Dees worked with Sr. Sally Duffy, SC to raise funds, market the film, coordinate premiers and communicate with funders of the project and the sisters involved. For Dees, the experience was a dream come true—she says she feels privileged and grateful to have been involved in a project that brings to light the work of people “who would otherwise go unnoticed and remain invisible.”

To date, Dees has helped “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Catholic Sisters of New Orleans” reach 139 ABC stations across the nation. The documentary will air locally on WCPO (Channel 9) this Sunday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m.