The Loretto Women’s Network (LWN) is a network within the Loretto Community. It is a voluntary association of Loretto women and men who are committed to act for the empowerment of women. LWN members work toward transforming institutional, personal, and structural relationships based on domination and subordination, both within the Loretto Community and beyond it.
LWN members act privately or publicly whenever they feel they can make a difference in achieving rights of women in church and society. The network sponsors a winter meeting open to anyone interested to explore ways of furthering the purposes. Often there is a summer meeting as well. During national Loretto meetings, LWN presents the Mary Rhodes Award to selected non-Loretto women who have worked for women’s rights.
The Loretto Women’s Network Identity Statement presents the strands of LWN more fully.
Loretto Women’s Network Coordinators:
Anna Koop SL
LWN supports CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women). CEDAW is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted in 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states. The United States has yet to ratify it. A grassroots effort, Cities for CEDAW has been initiated to implement CEDAW ordinances and resolutions locally. To learn more and to find out what you can do in your city, SUPPORT CEDAW Click Here .
Loretto and the Women’s Movement by Virginia Williams SL
Justice and Peace Committees and Networks
Loretto Committee for Peace
Loretto Women’s Network
Racial Justice Committee
Special Needs Committee
Loretto Mission Areas
Justice and Peace