7,600 years of service to the people of God
As of the end of 2019, the vowed Sisters of Loretto currently living have collectively served in various ministries to the People of God for over 7,600 years. Sisters take first vows in Loretto after a preparation period where they formalize their desire to enter more deeply into consecrated religious life. This formal entry is called a sister’s reception date. That date until the current calendar year represents her years of commitment in religious life and service.
This is what God asks of you, only this: to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with your God.Micah 6:8
Over the course of Loretto’s 207-year history, service has taken many forms and allows for each individual’s unique gifts and talents. A significant portion of those 7,600 years of service were spent in classroom teaching in various elementary, secondary, college and university settings throughout the United States and abroad. Other works have included ministry to the sick, elderly and disabled, social services, spiritual direction, parish ministry, and a host of other works.