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Loretto Special Needs Committee Awards 11 Grants, Spring 2018

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2018 /

By Sue Rogers The Loretto Special Needs Committee awarded 11 social change grants to diverse groups who share in Loretto’s commitment to build a culture of peace and justice and serve its struggling neighbors. The committee met by Zoom March 17. Committee members responsible for making decisions about grant awards are Martha Alderson, Angela Bianco,…

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Loretto Co-members Lead Group on Border Journey

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2018 /

By Amanda Koehler Schutz Editor’s Note: Amanda Koehler Schutz is a friend of Loretto in Minneapolis. Just days before our “Welcome the Stranger” delegation departed for our U.S./Mexico border trip, Simone Campbell challenged us while speaking to our church, St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis. Simone asked us to learn from each other and share…

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Our First Registered Nurse

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2018 /

By Katie Santa Ana While the Sisters of Loretto are well known for the hundreds of teachers in their history, many Sisters also chose medical professions. While Sisters of Loretto served early on in nursing roles – such as during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 – it was not until 1944 that our very…

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Agnesetta Reid’s Only Solace

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2018 /

By Laurel Wilson For today’s LOREtto blog post, I’d like to highlight the life of Sister Agnesetta Reid SL, whose personal papers I recently processed in the Archives. Though Agnesetta’s life was short and often full of suffering, she was an inspiration to many, and her legacy lives on today. Agnesetta was born Agnes Veronica…

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What Are Ecosystem Services?

By Joy Jensen SL / April 1, 2018 /

We have read about ecosystems. But what are ecosystem services? The notion was popularized by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment report in 2005, and it is often used in forest management and planning. Ecosystem services imply those benefits that come from the functioning of ecosystems. These services are generally divided into three categories: provisioning services such…

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Beef and Climate Change: A Continuum

By Susan Classen CoL / April 1, 2018 /

Does eating beef harm the planet? Many are asking that important question and, like most good questions, there is no clear answer. Think of a continuum ranging from beef choices that contribute to the problem of climate change to those that contribute to its solution. The placement of beef on that broad continuum is determined…

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Guatemala Snapshots: Continuing the Guatemala Sister Community Trip

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

By Pat Geier Editor’s Note: In January, Mary Ann McGivern, Irma Avila, Alicia Ramirez and Pat Geier spent 10 days in Guatemala visiting our sister community, Las Hermanas de la Sagrada Familia. The following are Pat’s “snapshots” from that visit: Midway through our time in Guatemala, the four of us set out in different directions.…

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Welcome, New Loretto Co-Members!

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

Loretto welcomes its newest co-members, from left, Julie Popham and Sally Maresh. (Photos courtesy of Lisa Reynolds)

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Negotiation of Compacts This Year at United Nations

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

By Mary Louise Pabello Editor’s Note: Mary Louise is a returning Loretto Volunteer now working as NGO U.N. Intern/Loretto Community. The Loretto Community has long supported migrants and refugees in our midst. Here is an update on what has been happening on a global level at the United Nations. In September 2016, the U.N. General…

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A Day of Fun for the LEWP

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

By Maria Daniel Some of the members of Loretto Empowering Women in Pakistan share a meal of biryani, a rice with veggies and chicken dish, on their outing together with Loretto’s Pakistan sisters.(Photo courtesy of Maria Daniel)[/caption]Recently, Samina Iqbal, Nasreen Daniel and I took the women’s group of the sewing class, Loretto Empowering Women in…

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A Secret Garden: The Motherhouse Courtyard Ecosystem

By Joy Jensen SL / April 1, 2018 /

Editor’s note: Joy has written a series of four articles to inform us about the ecosystem at the Motherhouse. In this issue, we will present the first two. Look for the following two articles in the next two issues of Interchange. A gray squirrel scampers up the trunk of the tree in the courtyard outside…

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Loretto Takes Part in U.N.’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls

By Loretto Community / March 23, 2018 /
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