More than forty years ago, the co-membership program was established, which opened the door to women and men of many religious affiliations and spiritual traditions to share in the Loretto mission “to work for justice and act for peace because the gospel urges us.” The Sisters of Loretto (vowed members), along with the co-members, make up the membership of the Loretto Community.
Co-members of Loretto are women and men of many faith traditions who live the spirit and mission of Loretto through individual mutual commitment. Lifestyles, occupations, marital status, geographical distribution, and religious traditions vary. Co-members share in many aspects of the life of Loretto, serving on committees and staff and actively participating in Community Groups and gatherings. Although the greatest numbers of co-members live in areas that have the greatest numbers of Sisters of Loretto (Colorado, Kentucky, and Missouri), co-members live in other states and countries outside the United States.
The name co-membership was carefully chosen and represents more than an association with Loretto – the “co” in co-membership means cooperation, community, communication, contribution, and contract. Loretto co-members commit themselves to participation in the life and work of the Loretto Community and share their time, talent and treasure in support of Loretto and its mission.
Co-members value community and are willing to express their views, be respectful of those with another view and remain open to learning from others and being modified in the process. Co-members also share a willingness to develop and grow in their spiritual life and thereby nourish their commitment “to act for justice and work for peace” in their daily lives.
For a printable flyer on Loretto co-membership, click here.
For a study guide used by co-members-in-process on two important books on more recent Loretto history, events and people, Naming Our Truth and A Century of Change, click here.
To receive more information about co-membership, contact:
4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Littleton, CO 80123