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2020 Vision: Seeing Where We Belong

By Loretto Community / July 6, 2020 /

The government structure of the Sisters of Loretto is designed to foster the faith life and mission of the congregation. “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions, #102 The Loretto Assembly is part of the government structure of the Sisters of Loretto. It is a wonderful gathering of the whole Community — Sisters and Co-members —…

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Loretto Heritage Center: Stories from the Past Opening Paths for the Future

By Loretto Community / June 29, 2020 /

What’s in the Loretto Heritage Center? Just yellowed old papers and dusty relics, right? The newest “yellowed old papers” are digital photos and emails fresh from Loretto members at last week’s demonstrations. The documents join the 1965 letters from Loretto Sisters marching at Selma; and the principal’s record of receiving the first black student at…

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Loretto Sisters: Witnesses to God’s Faithful Love

By Loretto Community / June 22, 2020 /

“From our simple beginnings on the Kentucky frontier in 1812 and up to the present, we, as Sisters of Loretto, share in that mysterious yet pragmatic gift of the Holy Spirit which quietly and decisively brought Loretto into being and keeps it alive today.”    — “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions, #1 In the hollers…

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Loretto Community Statement on U.S. Supreme Court DACA Decision and the Urgent Need for Reform of U.S. Immigration and Asylum Laws

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2020 /

Members of the Loretto Community rejoice in yesterday’s (June 18, 2020) DACA decision from the U.S. Supreme Court because it removes the immediate threat of deportation for 700,000 of our neighbors and friends. We are grateful that the Court’s majority upheld the rule of law, which requires the government to provide a contemporaneous and reasonable…

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Co-member Barbara Wander’s Latest Report on Haiti

By Loretto Community / June 17, 2020 /

Barbara Wander is a Loretto co-member who has been working with the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti for many years. Click here to read the latest issue June 2020 of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the January 2019 issue of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the September 2018 issue…

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Loretto Leaders Keep Fire Going As They Follow God’s Call

By Loretto Community / June 15, 2020 /

“Then I heard the voice of God saying, ‘Whom shall I send?’ I answered, ‘Here I am, send me.’”  ( Isaiah 6:8) Loretto leaders are rooted in the rich soil of the Gospel and the Community’s charism.  Our leaders ask the Community to look carefully at faith and service and to live more deeply the…

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Loretto Magazine – Spring/Summer 2020

By Loretto Community / June 12, 2020 /

Read Loretto Magazine Loretto’s promise to the land One of the hives tended by Susan Classen released a black humming cloud that was moving up and onward with definite purpose.  Swarming bees can mean the loss of 10,000-plus bees in a matter of minutes. After a rush of excitement, Susan was fortunate; the bees settled in…

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Notes & News – Spring/Summer 2020

By Loretto Community / June 12, 2020 /

Smithsonian exhibit group meets at Motherhouse  By Susanna Pyatt, Loretto Heritage Center Curator  The Loretto Heritage Center will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at Loretto City Hall in fall 2020 in partnership with the Beautify Loretto Committee and other local partners. We are planning and organizing programs and content specific…

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Loretto Hospitality Moves Us Closer to the Other

By Loretto Community / June 8, 2020 /

One of our most beloved values is our Loretto hospitality, the time-honored tradition of welcoming the other and embracing all. ”I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #22, calls us to “try to live so that everything about us, our words and works and manner of living, promotes understanding and peace among ourselves and others.”  Any…

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Loretto Calls for Fundamental Reform to Racist System in U.S. that Targets People of Color

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2020 /

Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States.  Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public.  Say their names:  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin.  So many others.   We know this.  We see this. …

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Loretto Community Enhances Life of All Members

By Loretto Community / May 25, 2020 /

We affirm that the greatest asset of the community is the life of every member. “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions, #25 When we are in one another’s presence we are in the presence of a sacred mystery. We promise each other that we will support each person in community by sharpening our intentions for…

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Loretto Follows Gospel Call of Service to Others Around the World

By Loretto Community / May 17, 2020 /

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”  John: 17:18 Loretto serves throughout the United States and in Lahore, Pakistan, with partnerships in Ghana and Guatemala. At different points in our history, Loretto’s missions have extended our reach well beyond what we imagined when we first came into being,…

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