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Join Loretto in Call to Biden/Harris To Reunite Migrant Families Separated at U.S. Border

By Loretto Community / November 24, 2020 /

“Every day that passes adds to the trauma that these children continue to endure at our hands. Reuniting these children with their families would do much to restore decency and integrity in our country.” – Letter to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris As part of our commitment to be a healing presence, a source of…

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The gift of small works in the face of big issues

By Loretto Community / November 23, 2020 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on Nov 18, 2020 Denver — It begins with a box. During our first few days together as a house, my fellow Denver Loretto Volunteers and I put on our best gardening gear and embarked on a yard cleanup day. It was midmorning in late August, and the sun…

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Loretto Thanks God for All Peoples, Shares Bounty Through Special Needs Fund

By Loretto Community / November 23, 2020 /

“As we stand with Mary at the foot of the cross, 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,” Loretto’s Constitutions, # 33  As one way of…

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Federal Census Evidence for Loretto Slaveholding, 1820-1860

By Loretto Community / November 18, 2020 /

(Editor’s Note: The Loretto Community is working to understand its complicity in systemic racism. We thank the Loretto Heritage Center staff for providing important research about Loretto’s history of slaveholding. We cannot atone and change without knowing the truths of our past.) By Susanna Pyatt Knowledge that the Sisters of Loretto were slaveholders prior to the Civil…

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Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services receives $50k+ via two grants

By Loretto Community / November 16, 2020 /

Published by the El Paso Herald-Post on Nov 13, 2020 Friday morning, officials with the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS) announced that the organization had received two grants to help them in their mission to assist migrants in the area. The first, from the El Paso Bar Foundation was a grant of $3,700;…

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Loretto’s Emerging Forms: Searching for New Ways of Being

By Loretto Community / November 15, 2020 /

“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” Arundhati Roy We are in a time of significant disruption and chaos as many of our systems are crumbling before our eyes. From the midst of the chaos, new ways of being are emerging, like…

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November 11, 1918: War and Pandemic

By Regina Drey SL / November 11, 2020 /

Note from the Editor of St. Mary’s Academy Newsletter: Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.  Thanks to an entry in the SMA annals 102 years ago, we can experience the mix of…

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Loretto and People of Color: Companions on Life’s Journey

By Loretto Community / November 9, 2020 /

“I Am the Way,” the Constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto, tells us, “Even as we give to others, we acknowledge our need to learn from those to whom we are sent.”  (#41) Learning to see is our life’s work of reflection and action. Such learning is not simple. The more Loretto members work with…

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Loretto Volunteer walks in Jossy Eyre’s footsteps at Women’s Bean Project

By Annie Rosenkranz / November 6, 2020 /

I love the idea that as a single individual I can help make an impactin the lives of others, especially through an empowering non-profit like WBP. Madeline Beulieau, Loretto Volunteer Madeline Beulieau, pictured at left, is the first Loretto Volunteer serving at Women’s Bean Project (WBP). Madeline grew up in Vestal, N.Y., and attended Canisius…

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What does distance learning look like in Pakistan?

By Nasreen Daniel SL / November 6, 2020 /

When the government started online classes for children of all grades, we sisters pasted our web address on our school’s gate for the parents. Abid is one of the students in our school. His mother asked how she could use that link for her children who study in our school at different levels. I told…

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Stepping into LoVo’s directorship with a full heart

By Loretto Community / November 6, 2020 /

“2020 is a turbulent time to enter a new role, particularly one centered in working for justice and acting for peace. And yet, I feel a sense of grace in the opportunity to rise to the challenges of this time, both in my life and in my work with Loretto.” “Turbulent times are opportunities for…

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We Repent

By Loretto Community / November 5, 2020 /

Ann Rhodes, the youngest of the first six Sisters of Loretto, arrived at the log cabin that was to be home and school with Tom, an enslaved man, her property. It was 1812. We know that. We know that Tom was sold to purchase the first log cabin and the property surrounding it for the…

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