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Standing up for racial justice

By Loretto Community / November 5, 2020 /

Loretto Community members participated in Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country, including in Denver, New York City and Kansas City, Mo. On the value of protesting, Eleanor Craig SL says: “I often think of a conversation I had with Dorothy Day when I was young and she was old. I asked her, since much…

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On Grief: Resources from the Loretto Community Outreach Committee

By Sally Maresh CoL / November 4, 2020 /

When we take time to honor our hearts,            may we remember that we have            deep within us all that we need            to deal with what life brings us.“What gets us past simple coping and survival,            Is the presence of those who care—            a healing community.” J. Schneider This year has been full of challenges with…

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‘People are raw’: Sisters reflect on how we live together post-election

By Loretto Community / November 3, 2020 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on Nov 2, 2020 Sr. Barbara Nicholas was interviewed by the Global Sisters Report for an article in their Election 2020 feature series. “We know what everyone knows: in our country, half of us will be relieved and very optimistic with the outcome; half of us will stand in…

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Loretto Honors All Saints and All Souls

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2020 /

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, tells us that the same Spirit who inspired and guided our founders gathers us in community today. We walk with all those “Friends of Mary” who for two centuries have followed them in a life of praise, prayer and service.  Gain souls, draw souls, court souls, shelter souls. prayer…

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Loretto co-member Jossy Eyre, founder of Women’s Bean Project, was a trailblazer

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: Jossy Eyre died on April 20, 2020. Her legacy lives on as WBP continues its work with vulnerable women. Remembrance written by Tamra Ryan, CEO, Women’s Bean Project.  Jossy Eyre founded Women’s Bean Project (WBP) in 1989 as a result of her volunteer work at a day shelter for homeless women. Jossy saw…

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¡Si, se puede! Pearl McGivney SL (Loretto President 2012-2019) left a legacy of commitment and compassion in Florida

By Christina Manweller / October 29, 2020 /

In the early 1970s Pearl McGivney traveled to California to work withnonviolent organizer, activist and labor leader César Chávez. Pearl opened a legal aid office in Salinas. She fought for justice alongside farmworkers, helping to organize boycotts and strikes. After several years, César asked Pearl to take up organizing work in Florida. Once on the…

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César Chávez and Loretto: Seeing the movie

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / October 29, 2020 /

Mary Jean Friel CoL and her three grown children, Nathan, Michael and Carolyn, attended the San Diego premier of the 2014 movie “Cesar Chavez.” During the years the movie covers, Mary Jean was César’s assistant, answering calls, arranging meetings and dealing with whoever came looking for him. By the end of the movie, which took…

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¡Si, se puede!* Standing with farmworkers

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

We met migrant farmworker families who lived in terrible situations, shared simple meals with them and held songfests. We learned their needs and responded; this included gathering their young children from the fields to begin day care programs, facilitating reception of sacraments, enrolling their children in migrant schools, taking them for medical care, planning fun…

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Loretto rises to the challenge of distance learning

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: Thank you to Buffy Boesen SL and Melissa Casale for information on distance learning at Loretto Academy. Regina Drey SL wrote the St. Mary’s Academy story. Loretto Academy, El PasoGrades pre-K through 12 Loretto Academy students, faculty and staff members are busier than ever. We are thankful for the resources to continue to…

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Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee Works for Justice, Acts for Peace

By Loretto Community / October 26, 2020 /

We work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us. “I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #36 Loretto has heard the words of Pope Francis as he has worked for years to protect the rights of the immigrant. He writes: “We ourselves need to see, and then to enable others to see,…

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Loretto Sister Communities: Beyond the Boundaries of Our Hearts

By Loretto Community / October 19, 2020 /

“Rejoicing in and strengthened by our mutual love, we go forth to meet our farther neighbors in their human needs and aspirations. We seek to reach out beyond boundaries imposed by any differences that tend to separate us.” “I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #35 In 1988, the Daughters of the Most Blessed Trinity (FST)…

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Nuns at the Polls: Loretto and Politics

By Loretto Heritage Center / October 16, 2020 /

by Ayla Toussaint and Mary Frances Lottes SL It’s November, which means it is election month in the US!  This blog post was written with the help of one of our past Sisters, Sister Mary Fran Lottes.  We share this story as an example of how the Sisters of Loretto take a strong interest in…

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