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To Listen and Learn: Loretto Confronts Racism

By Loretto Community / June 4, 2021 /
A stone memorial with bronze plaque that reads "In Loving Memory of Oblates and Other Slaves of The Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross"

From the founding of Loretto in 1812 to today, Loretto has sought to live out the meaning of these words, “We strive to bring the healing Spirit of God into our world and we commit ourselves to improving the conditions of those who suffer from injustice, oppression, and deprivation of dignity.” (“I Am the Way,”…

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Loretto Artists, Authors Enhance Lives of Others with Their Talents

By Loretto Community / May 30, 2021 /
A woman sits at a table with pen and paper, contemplating what to write.

The Loretto Community celebrates the creative minds and hearts of its members. This week, we highlight authors, poets, artists and craftspeople. They enhance the life of the Community and the wider world with their works. Loretto friend Thomas Merton has said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” We…

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Read the latest issue of the Loretto Circle Newsletter – 5/27/2021

By Loretto Community / May 27, 2021 /
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Loretto Treasures: Webster University and Loretto Heights College

By Loretto Community / May 24, 2021 /
Looking up at a large brick building with "Loretto College" carved across the front, under an ornate rose window.

From the foundation of the Sisters of Loretto in 1812 to this day, education is central to the mission of Loretto. Schools were formed as the initial work of the Community as it was growing in Kentucky. The first Sisters quickly welcomed new members who joined the mission to serve the children of the area.…

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Loretto Builds Bridges in Service Worldwide

By Loretto Community / May 17, 2021 /
Archival class photo from China, with Sisters of Loretto, in habit, in the center.

A true understanding of community necessitates a looking outward, “a going forth to meet our neighbors near and far in their human needs and aspirations. We seek to reach out beyond boundaries” — to live on the frontiers of a global world.  (“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #35)  The first members of Loretto had…

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The Gift of Trees at the Motherhouse

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 13, 2021 /
Dawn redwood tree leafing out

By Martha Alderson (for the Farm and Land Committee of the Motherhouse Coordinating Board with information from Susan Classen) ‘So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture.‘So much is in bud.’ Denise Levertov The last lines from this poem, “Beginners” by Denise Levertov, tell of possibility and promise. So much is in bud! The…

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Answering the Call To Serve: Loretto Missions in Latin America

By Loretto Community / May 10, 2021 /
Archival photo of two sisters in habit waving from the door of a plane.

At the Loretto Assembly in 1958, six years after the last Sister of Loretto returned from China, Loretto members called for the Community to continue its work in the missions. The pope had called for religious congregations to send personnel to Latin America. And Loretto answered.  Just as we did before sending our Sisters to…

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Mexicans Facing Border Issues with Resilience

By Loretto Community / May 7, 2021 /

By Daniela Martell Mendoza Editor’s note: Daniela is a senior at Loretto Academy. Buffy Boesen, her principal, asked her to write about the problems facing students today living in Ciudad Juarez, México, and going to school in El Paso, Texas. The COVID-19 restriction on the border has impacted hundreds, if not thousands, of Mexicans who…

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Regenerative Farming at the Loretto Motherhouse Farm

By Loretto Community / May 7, 2021 /

Loretto Motherhouse Farm’s Farm Director, Cody Rakes, and his wife, Angela Rakes, the Motherhouse Education and Outreach Coordinator, gave a Zoom presentation on regenerative farming to Louisville’s First Unitarian Church for a special Earth Day service on April 25. In the video below, Cody introduces everyone to the farm while discussing caring for Earth through regenerative agriculture.

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Loretto Affirms, Joins LCWR & NBSC on Statement Protecting Sacred Right To Vote

By Loretto Community / May 6, 2021 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

The Loretto Community affirms and joins the following statement from LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) and the National Black Sisters Conference (NBSC): LCWR has endorsed the national John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day (May 8) and is releasing this joint statement with the National Black Sisters Conference on the critical importance of ensuring that all…

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Anchoresses in the Infirmary: Life During the Pandemic

By Joy Jensen SL / May 5, 2021 /
Long, four story brick building with a cross above the entrance.

In March 2020, life changed for us residents of the infirmary. In medieval England anchorites and anchoresses lived alone in stone cells attached to a church and had the mission to pray for all people. The famous anchoress Julian of Norwich lived during the ravages of the Black Death pandemic, and she wrote down visions…

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Tales from the Annals: Fire in Kansas City

By Reba Weatherford / May 4, 2021 /
Historical photo of several women sitting in chairs in an auditorium.

I am coming to the end of my first month at the Loretto Heritage Center, and in my quest to learn about Loretto history I have read many interesting and detailed documents from the archives. I find that for me, the most enjoyable reads are the school annals. Anyone interested in Loretto history would be…

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