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‘A Yes for Humanity: One Step Closer to Nuclear Disarmament’

Posted on March 1, 2020, by Loretto Community

“It is up to us to see that the world still stands. May the time be not distant when nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, for the earth will be filled with the wonder of life.” 

Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

Loretto has had a long-standing commitment to seeking nuclear disarmament and the abolition of all nuclear weapons in our pursuit of peace. The seeds of our impassioned actions for a nuclear weapons ban took root at our Loretto Assembly in 1978 and continue to grow today.

Longtime anti-war peace activists Dominican Sisters Carol Gilbert (left) and Ardeth Platte.

This month, the Loretto Peace Committee, in conjunction with other faith groups, is hosting the visit of anti-war peace activists Grand Rapids (Mich.) Dominican Sisters Ardeth Platte and Carol Gilbert. The well-known anti-nuclear proponents and organizers will spend time with us March 2-17 in the Colorado area to give presentations on nuclear disarmament and the UN/ICAN (United Nations’ International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Ban Treaty.


1990's photo of Domincan Sisters protesting outside Michigan Air Force base
From left, Dominican Sisters Jean Reimer, Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert and Jackie Hudson protest outside Michigan Strategic Air Base in the early 1990s. (Photo courtesy of Dominican Sisters Archives Collection)

Sisters Carol and Ardeth have dedicated their lives to raising their voices for justice and global peace. While in Colorado, they will share their story and perspective on the global community’s response toward nuclear disarmament.

We pray, “Lord, attune our spirits that we may hear your harmonies and bow before the cries of the earth. May we join with your grace to make heard in every heart your hymn of peace.’’

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