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One of our most basic rights …

By Kim Klein CoL / June 12, 2020 /

… endowed by their Creator … certain unalienable Rights … Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness  As of this writing, most of us are sheltering in place to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19. We are experiencing very personally how keeping all of us safe requires limiting our rights to congregate and travel, and this is leading to…

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Loretto’s promise to the land

By Christina Manweller / June 12, 2020 /

‘The bees are swarming!’ One of the hives tended by Susan Classen released a black humming cloud that was moving up and onward with definite purpose.  Swarming bees can mean the loss of 10,000-plus bees in a matter of minutes. After a rush of excitement, Susan was fortunate; the bees settled in a nearby tree. She…

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Loretto Hospitality Moves Us Closer to the Other

By Loretto Community / June 8, 2020 /

One of our most beloved values is our Loretto hospitality, the time-honored tradition of welcoming the other and embracing all. ”I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #22, calls us to “try to live so that everything about us, our words and works and manner of living, promotes understanding and peace among ourselves and others.”  Any…

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Loretto Calls for Fundamental Reform to Racist System in U.S. that Targets People of Color

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2020 /

Racism is the original and persistent sin of the United States.  Unarmed black people are killed by police authorities and armed members of the public.  Say their names:  George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tony Robinson, Trayvon Martin.  So many others.   We know this.  We see this. …

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Loretto Community Enhances Life of All Members

By Loretto Community / May 25, 2020 /

We affirm that the greatest asset of the community is the life of every member. “I Am the Way,” Loretto Constitutions, #25 When we are in one another’s presence we are in the presence of a sacred mystery. We promise each other that we will support each person in community by sharpening our intentions for…

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Running Off to the Convent, Part Two

By Loretto Heritage Center / May 20, 2020 /

By Susanna Pyatt As Jewel, Pearl, and Ruby Rogers completed their education at Loretto Academy, their secret plans conflicted with the intentions of their father. Frank wanted his daughters to open a music school. The eldest three sisters, however, planned to be baptized in the Catholic Church and join the Sisters of Loretto, plans which…

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Loretto Follows Gospel Call of Service to Others Around the World

By Loretto Community / May 17, 2020 /

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”  John: 17:18 Loretto serves throughout the United States and in Lahore, Pakistan, with partnerships in Ghana and Guatemala. At different points in our history, Loretto’s missions have extended our reach well beyond what we imagined when we first came into being,…

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Running Off to the Convent, Part One

By Loretto Heritage Center / May 6, 2020 /

By Susanna Pyatt Marcia, the Heritage Center assistant, discovered an intriguing story while processing the personnel files of the three Rogers sisters. Sister Elvira, Sister Benedicta, and Sister Casilda Rogers had only basic documents in their respective files, providing just the standard brief outlines of their lives. That is, except for lengthy narratives each sister…

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Loretto Meets Challenge of Bringing Education and the Gospel to Others

By Loretto Community / May 3, 2020 /

“It has been Loretto’s legacy to inherit from Loretto’s early women a spirit of courage and trust and a willingness to meet the challenge of bringing education and the Gospel to others.” Mary Ann Coyle, former Loretto president, Foundation Day, April 25,1997, reflection at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver The 1812 provisional…

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Building Bridges at the Border: Working for Justice, Acting for Peace.

By Loretto Community / April 29, 2020 /

The members of Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) are pleased to share an edited recording and concept note of the LACC event, “Building Bridges at the Border: Working for Justice, Acting for Peace.” This event was organized with the Loretto at the UN office, Loretto volunteers and their partner, the Feminist Task Force. It was…

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Loretto Works With People of Diverse Faiths To Serve Others

By Loretto Community / April 27, 2020 /

We cannot live the Gospel without proximity to those who are vulnerable and marginalized.  Pat Farrell OSF, LCWR past president In the midst of all that divides the world, Loretto stands as a testament to the fact that we are all more alike than different. We share the same concerns, dreams and struggles as our…

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Q & A with Sr. Anna Koop, a Catholic Worker ministering to Denver’s homeless

By Loretto Community / April 22, 2020 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on April 21, 2020 “Sr. Anna Koop, a Sister of Loretto, is a Denver-based housing activist who opened the Denver Catholic Worker House in 1978. The original Catholic Worker house had nine bedrooms, but in 2016, it was destroyed in a fire. In 2018, the house reopened in a…

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