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Read the latest issue of the Loretto Circle eNewsletter – 9/27/20

By Loretto Community / September 28, 2020 /
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Loretto Continues 50-Year Call for Worldwide Nuclear Ban

By Loretto Community / September 28, 2020 /

“One of our sisters told me she was teaching in Sante Fe when the first bomb was tested at Los Alamos and a boy brought a piece of debris in for show-and-tell. She put it on the window ledge outside and a few days later men in safety gear showed up to take it away.…

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Sept. 23 Grand Jury Decision in Breonna Taylor Case Leaves Loretto, Other Louisville Area Congregations with ‘Feelings of Great Sadness and Injustice’

By Loretto Community / September 23, 2020 /
Colorful Strobridge banner reading "We Work for Justice and Act for Peace."

The Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community joined with the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace to release the following statement: The grand jury announcement on Sept. 23 in the Breonna Taylor case of three counts of wanton endangerment for Officer Brett Hankison…

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Loretto Co-membership Celebrates 50 Years!

By Loretto Community / September 20, 2020 /

On Aug. 15, the Loretto Community celebrated the 50th anniversary of co-membership. Begun in 1970, Loretto co-membership has provided a way for those who share Loretto values of community, spirituality and mission to “work for justice and act for peace.” “Alone, I am but one voice, one small person, trying to make a difference in…

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Loretto Honors Members Celebrating 75, 50 and 25 Years of Service as Sisters or Co-Members

By Loretto Community / September 13, 2020 /
Grid of the 11 2020 jubilarians

“When we let the Spirit lead us it is impossible to know where we are being led. All we know, all we can believe, all we can hope is that we are going home. That wherever the Spirit takes us is where we live.” — American writer Alice Walker In 2020, Loretto Jubilarians celebrate important…

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Loretto Community Seeks Balance With Earth by Lowering Carbon Emissions

By Loretto Community / September 6, 2020 /

Climate change is amplifying all forms of injustice: hunger, racism, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war, etc. Reversing these injustices calls for radical systemic and personal changes. Loretto has long understood that our mission to work for justice and act for peace extends to Earth, and we are conscious of the necessity to recognize our…

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Remembrance of the Life of Maureen Smith CoL

By Loretto Community / September 5, 2020 /

The following is Maureen Smith’s autobiography, dated Sept. 7, 2018: I was born and lived, until moving to the Loretto Motherhouse, in my family home in Schenectady, N.Y. On my 87th birthday, my niece gave me my Dad’s diary, which was stored in a box with other family treasures since the death of my Sister…

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Remembrance of the Life of Gaetana ‘Gay’ Lenox CoL

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2020 /

The information in the following obituary was provided courtesy of the Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Shreveport, La. Gaetana Angela DiCerto Lenox was born on May 19, 1935, to Valentino DiCerto and Angeline Christine DiCerto in El Centro, Calif., and passed away Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Shreveport, La. She was a wife, a mother, a grandmother…

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Loretto Circles Revolve Around Spirit, Values of Loretto Community

By Loretto Community / August 30, 2020 /

The Loretto Circle was started in 2009, when the Loretto Assembly approved a resolution for the Circle as a way for individuals to connect with Loretto without needing to make a vowed or co-membership commitment. Circles are an informal affiliation of individuals who want to come together with Loretto Community members to learn more about Loretto history, mission, values and spirituality through components…

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Breathe Into Us A Passion for Justice

By Loretto Community / August 17, 2020 /

 We embrace our particular works of mercy, charity or justice in a spirit of informed openness to the deep needs facing us in the church and world today. We work with all people of goodwill to address these concerns. — “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions, #39 The COVID-19 pandemic has pulled back the curtain…

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Loretto Volunteer Program Welcomes 2020/2021 Volunteers!

By Loretto Community / August 11, 2020 /

Loretto Volunteers are an extension of the mission and spirit of the Loretto Community. Our Volunteers’ experience is rooted in the creative spirituality of the Loretto Community, centering on earth care, activism and justice work as deeply spiritual pursuits. Volunteers serve for a year at social justice organizations while living in intentional community with other…

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Remembrance of the Life of Norma Mason-Stikes CoL

By Loretto Community / August 10, 2020 /

(The following obituary was kindly provided to Loretto courtesy of Norma Mason-Stikes son, Carey Mason.) Norma Catherine Decker Mason-Stikes, celebrated 89 years of a life well-lived, and on the morning of August 10, 2020, she took her last breath and departed this earthly life. A native of Louisville, Ky., Norma was the younger of two…

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