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2023 a busy year for Loretto/BVM at the UN; meet our new intern!

By Loretto Community / November 13, 2023 /
Beth Blissman and new Loretto at the UN intern, Leslie Baron, beam for a selfie as they hold up their UN ID cards.

Thank you so much for your support of Loretto/BVM (Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Dubuque) at the United Nations (UN). After many closures due to the…

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Love vs. Privilege

By Loretto Community / November 10, 2023 /

This opinion piece was first published on … My dear friend, Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, a group focused on Catholics who are lesbian, gay, bisexual,…

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Remembrance of the Life of Sister Guadalupe ‘Lupe’ (formerly Sister Mary Aloysius) Arciniega SL

By Eleanor Craig SL / November 10, 2023 /

Lupe started her ministry many years ago as a teacher and had educated people in many more ways than in the classroom. Over the course of nearly 69 years as a…

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Nov. 11 – Celebrate Armistice Day as Peace Day

By Carolyn Jaramillo CoL / November 8, 2023 /
A colorful peace poll stands in the middle of a grassy area while people gather behind it on the pavement.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I came to an end 105 years ago. On that day in 1918, people celebrated the…

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Montgomery Catholic celebrates 150 years of excellence

By Loretto Community / November 7, 2023 /

Originally published by the Archdiocese of Mobile in their bi-weekly newsletter The Catholic Week Digest on October 16, 2023 An unimaginable trek by the Sisters of Loretto in 1873 sure…

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Recipients of Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund help heal and balance Earth’s natural ecosystems

By Loretto Community / November 6, 2023 /
Banner reading "The future of planet Earth is in our hands."

Since our lives cannot be lived apart from the rest of creation that sustains us, might it be that living in Christ will mean living in communion with the Word…

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Nuns Against Gun Violence Call to Action

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2023 /
Large sculpture of a gun with the barrel tied in a knot, it is placed behind many flags of the world.

We stand Full of sorrow, full of tears Full of fears, Twisting in the wind, reeling in horror; We stand with mourners; We stand with first responders; We stand against…

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Loretto gathers

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and glasses speaking to the camera while sitting in her office. Behind her is a strategically placed banner that is fully visible in the frame. Assumably relating to the online meeting she is attending when photographed.

In these screenshots from the October Gathering above Kim Klein, Sally Dunne, and Sue Kenney help guide the proceedings. “A Lasting Endowment of Hope” was the theme of the 2023…

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Living Center residents participate in peace event

By Carolyn Jaramillo CoL / November 1, 2023 /
Three women work together to decorate a large patch of grass with handmade paper windmills. The field also has a bright teal wooden wheelbarrow with assorted flowers and a hand-painted pole surrounded by the paper windmills.

Thanks to the work and dedication of Stacy Ballard, activities coordinator at the Loretto Living Center, and her team, the Loretto Motherhouse Community joined other peace activists across the country…

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What is Emerging?

By Mary Ellen McElroy SL / November 1, 2023 /
Pink and purple butterfly graphic for Interchange What is Emerging?

The butterfly has always been an amazing and beautiful insect for many of us, and we often ponder the wonderful transformative life the butterfly has experienced. Recently I came across…

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Spotlight on Loretto wisdom women

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and wire glasses smiling brightly for a headshot picture wearing a black blouse and salmon pink blazer in front of a plain dark brown wall.

Editor’s note: We have been featuring interviews of Loretto Community elders. We are grateful to these wise women and to Joy Jensen for sharing wonderful snapshots of our beloved Community…

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Motherhouse welcomes retreat on mysticism

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2023 /
A man and woman sitting together with assorted mics and a display screen behind them. They are smiling for a picture with papers in their laps, likely preparing to present something with the display screen and microphones.

The Motherhouse September retreat masters invited all of us participants to practice mysticism. The title of the retreat was “Mystics in the Heart; Monasticism for the World.” Mary Ellen McElroy…

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