Next week Loretto at the UN will host 50 students, teachers and Loretto members at the 58th annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – its biggest delegation yet! High school girls and boys from Nerinx Hall High School, St. Mary’s Academy, Kansas City Academy and Regis Jesuit High School will convene in New York City for a packed week of events with governments, UN agencies, NGOs and other members of civil society engaged in the global conversation around gender equality. Continue reading
The conference room was decorated with many handmade quilts and several posters with information on some Kentucky women. A shortened version of the life stories was made into bookmarks by Sister Sharon Kassing. Joyce Minkler provided pipeline-logo t-shirts which could be purchased and used to promote support for that protest. In the outside hallway, one could also purchase beautiful cards made by Sister Sandra Ardoyno as well as some handmade products created by Barbara Wander to benefit children in Haiti. Continue reading
“Great things happen when people collaborate!” Thus Karen Cassidy proclaimed as she shared her reflection on the Energy Vision Statement at the Motherhouse on February 14. This was an evening sponsored by the Loretto Earth Network as part of the Loretto Women’s Network winter gathering. Maureen McCormack and Nancy Wittwer facilitated and Martha Fly led the opening song, “O Beautiful Gaia” by Carolyn McDade. Continue reading
By Molly Butler Interchange Online Loretto rallied among the hundreds of Earth-loving Kentuckians and friends that mobilized on February 12th for the ninth annual “I Love Mountains Day.” It was a chilly afternoon in Frankfort, Kentucky but the sun shone bright as multiple generations of activists from across Appalachia marched from the Kentucky River to the Capitol building to protest mountaintop removal mining. Organized by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), the inspiration behind this year’s demonstration was not only to end to mountaintop removal mining and pollution, but also to collectively envision a future for Kentucky that respects democracy and … Continue reading
A closed-door trade deal with a dangerous global impact. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), known as “NAFTA on steroids,” is a massive free trade deal that is currently being negotiated between the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and most recently, Japan. The agreement would give unprecedented power to corporate interests worldwide and would impact 40% of United States’ trade and nearly a third of all global trade. In recent weeks, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have opposed this massive trade deal, which has been endorsed by President … Continue reading
In mid-January our Guatemala Sister Community Committee traveled to Guatemala City to meet with our counterpart members of Sagrada Familia, the Holy Family sisters. Mariela Ramirez was not able to participate so Mary Peter Bruce, Maureen Fiedler and Mary Ann McGivern invited Irma Avila, Sally Dunne and Connie Newton to join us. Continue reading
You are invited to a Peace Retreat sponsored by the Loretto Peace Committee.
March 8, 2014
9am – 4pm
St. Louis Loretto Center
590 E. Lockwood Ave Continue reading
2013: What a year! Let’s take a moment to remember some of the highlights as we move into 2014, our 202nd of “working for justice and acting for peace.” January 1: New Loretto leadership begins first year of service Our 201st year started off with an exciting change as a new Loretto leadership team began its six-year term. President Pearl McGivney SL, Vice President Vicki Schwartz SL and a newly elected Executive Committee and Community Forum all took the helm. March 5: Loretto at the UN organizes ‘Girls’ Tribunal on Violence’ Loretto at the UN took the lead in organizing … Continue reading
Application season for the Loretto Volunteer Program is open! We are seeking to place 10 passionate, social-justice-minded young adults at organizations in Washington DC, St. Louis, MO and New York, NY. Our volunteers serve in direct service and advocacy roles – providing immigration legal services, tutoring, adult education, advocacy for healthcare access and other social justice issues, and more, while living in simple, intentional community – as Loretto members have done for 200 years.
Our winter issue of Loretto Magazine is out! Read up on the Community’s efforts against the Bluegrass Pipeline in Kentucky, our United Nations office’s work to lift up girls’ voices from around the world, Loretto Christmas traditions, and more. Continue reading