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Smuggling Mother Mary Out of China

By Susanna Pyatt / March 5, 2021 /
A historical newspaper photo of a nun in habit and a woman in glasses each holding the same standard.

Placed in the bottom of a display case in the Heritage Center museum is a “vexillum” or standard, a marble base and orb from which extends a metal pole with an image of the Miraculous Medal (representing the Immaculate Conception) and a sign inscribed “Legio Mariae.” It is topped by a metal dove with outstretched…

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A warm welcome to new co-member, Joyce Minkler!

By Loretto Community / March 3, 2021 /
Woman sits on a rock outcropping with a beautiful spread of red leaves behind her.

Welcome to our newest co-member, Joyce Minkler! Joyce was accepted into co-membership on February 24, 2021. Joyce has been a long-time friend, co-worker and neighbor of Loretto, participating in community life and supporting Loretto’s environmental work. Her formal acceptance into co-membership will enable her to be a fully participating member in all aspects of Loretto…

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Read the latest issue of the Loretto Circle Newsletter – 2/26/2021

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2021 /
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Racism, Migration and Climate Crises: Three Great Challenges of Our Time

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2021 /
Wide blue, purple and green stripes fill the photo, with "Exploring Intersections" logo in the lower third of the frame.

“I Am the Way,” the Loretto Constitutions, #66, calls us to do this: “The spirit of the poor proclaimed by the Beatitudes demands more than our generosity and detachment. It does demand these, but it further demands a sharing in the struggle against the evils afflicting our sisters and brothers everywhere.” The late Supreme Court…

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Loretto’s Long March To Ban Nuclear Weapons

By Loretto Community / February 22, 2021 /
A flock of paper cranes floats in front of a multi-colored circle of pinks and purples

The Loretto Community’s first call to ban all nuclear weapons dates back to the 1960s. For several decades since and counting, the Loretto Community has continued to work to seek for the abolishment of nuclear weapons worldwide. We have prayed and protested at sites where weapons are manufactured or stored, attended numerous hearings and shareholder…

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In this time of COVID-19, daring to say, ‘All will be well’

By Karen Cassidy CoL / February 21, 2021 /
Light streams through two simple stained glass windows into a dark room.

… we have an opportunity to discern how we can recreate within ourselves loving-kindness and hear the Living Light. Karen Cassidy CoL As we grapple with the ravages of COVID-19, we are invited to experience our grief. Are we courageous enough to turn to the fire of our own grief? It is so much easier…

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At school in Pakistan: Keeping the light burning

By Nasreen Daniel SL / February 21, 2021 /
Two young Pakistani girls, one in a school uniform and one in a lacey dress, sit together.

At the beginning of last year, Saba came to us asking for financial help. She has three children: two girls and a boy. We hired her to prepare breakfast for us, cooking a vegetarian dish in addition to two meals with meat every week. Our one condition was that she send her children to school.…

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Loretto Volunteer’s heart is with those who suffer

By Annie Rosenkranz / February 21, 2021 /
A young woman in a mask sits at her desk in front of a laptop.

There is no justice to be found within the current system. It doesn’t give offenders a chance to excel once they exit the criminal justice system, and our country’s inadequate mental healthcare system doesn’t offer support to victims of violence. Hayley Morgan, Loretto Volunteer, El Paso, Texas Hayley Morgan, below, Loretto Volunteer, serves in El…

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Walking with God toward the wholeness of Creation

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2021 /
Mary Ann McGivern SL stands at a microphone and presents an award to Bishop Tom Gumbleton

Today Today, the danger of some sort of a nuclear catastrophe is greater than it was during the Cold War, and most people are blissfully unaware of this danger. William J. PerryU.S. Secretary of Defense 1994-1997 Loretto’s work continues as the risk of a nuclear catastrophe grows. This risk includes a preemptive strike against nuclear…

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The Great March

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2021 /
Marchers carry a banner as they cross a pedestrian bridge. The banner reads "The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament."

In 1986, Sister Mary Beth “Buffy” Boesen walked from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. This was the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament that kicked off in California on March 1, and, after crossing the Mojave Desert, 12,000-foot Loveland Pass in Colorado, plains, cities and towns, ended in Washington, D.C., on November 15 of…

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Acting for peace across the U.S.

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2021 /
Two women in hats and sunglassed hold a "Remove Nukes" banner in front of strands of paper cranes.

Colorado Each Sunday for 12 years, Loretto Community members protested in rain, sleet, snow or shine at the Rocky Flats plant west of Denver (see photo, below). Plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons were manufactured at the plant that was run by Rockwell International until 1990. The Loretto Community in Colorado was inspired by the work…

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Loretto: Acting for peace

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2021 /
Loretto Community members wearing sackcloth stand by the sidewalk with a banner that reads "Loretto Women for Disarmament."

The long march to ban nuclear weapons 1978The Loretto Community declares its commitment to an end to the production of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. We are particularly committed to encouraging and assisting in the urgent work of educating ourselves and others to the perils of the continued proliferation of nuclear arms and power. This…

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