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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 Loretto Community / May 4, 2021 /
Historical photo of several women sitting in chairs in an auditorium.

By Reba Weatherford 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…

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Loretto Foundation Day Celebration 2021

By Loretto Community / April 27, 2021 /
Rustic cabin with a porch is seen through a greenish lens. Image text in upper left reads "Foundation Day 2021 Sunday, April 25th" Loretto Community patch in green, lower left. "The Spirit of 1812" in lower right.

Loretto celebrated its Foundation Day – April 25 – with memories, snapshots, reflections and sharing, including this video on “The Spirit of 1812.” Enjoy!: 

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Read the latest issue of the Loretto Circle Newsletter – 4/25/2021

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2021 /
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Loretto’s 2021 Jubilarians — the Blessings of Jubilee!

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2021 /
Colorful banner with text "The Loretto Spirit" as a bloom on a stem.

God takes our days and makes them holy. This week the Loretto Community celebrates those members we call Jubilarians! They have served the people of God through the Community for 75, 70, 60, 50 and 25 years — Sisters and Co-members. Please join with us this week as we call forth in blessing these 22 wonderful…

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Loretto Supports Joint Statement of NBSC, LCWR on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

By Loretto Community / April 23, 2021 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

The Loretto Community supports the joint statement below issued today, April 23, from the National Black Sisters’ Conference (NBSC) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in response to the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd: The following is a joint statement issued by the National Black…

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Loretto: A Community on Pilgrimage, Following God’s Call Together for 209 Years

By Loretto Community / April 19, 2021 /
Rustic cabin with a porch is seen through a greenish lens.

Loretto has been graced by God to become a Community on pilgrimage. We have walked together and believed in each other on every journey we have undertaken. Some journeys are impossible to do alone. On occasion, one person would be called to a new work. She would do it and return to tell the story.…

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Roots, Land and Sky

By Libby Comeaux CoL / April 13, 2021 /
Sprouts coming up from the soil.

Loretto Community has deepened, expanded and sought to rise in our exploration of our interwoven destiny with the rest of Earth, and our understanding of what it means to be Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. On Earth Day, April 22, you might want to reflect on your own experience of Roots,…

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Loretto at the UN Adapts to Virtual Commission Meeting in Style

By Beth Blissman CoL / April 13, 2021 /
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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), a functional commission of the United Nations Eco-nomic and Social Council (ECO-SOC), is composed of 45 member states that serve on a rotating basis. The CSW is dedicated exclusively to agendas on gender and the ad-vancement of women, and, in a typical year, delegates from member states…

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Care of Earth – Going Barefoot at Loretto

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2021 /
Child's bare feet in long green grass.

Remember times of going barefoot? “It is a profound act of intimacy and freedom,” says spiritual writer Jean Blomquist. She goes on to explain, “Only when our feet are bare can we wiggle our toes freely in the fertile soil of life and root ourselves firmly in holy ground.” (“Barefoot Basics: Yearning and Learning to Stand…

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This Is the Day! Jesus Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!

By Loretto Community / April 5, 2021 /
Bright yellow daffodils bloom.

Out of darkness the light of Christ will shineAs the dawn of day breaks through the night.Then the poor and oppressed will cry out and be heardBy the light that rises from the night. “Out of Darkness,” words and music by Tom Kendzia Throughout Jesus’ days on earth, he tells us who he is for…

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Loretto Stands with Mary at the Foot of the Cross

By Loretto Community / March 29, 2021 /

The Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross is our full title. “I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, # 1, tells us, “Our charism of loving service, rooted in Jesus on the cross and Mary at the foot of the cross, shapes and forms us as a religious community in the Church.”  What…

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