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Loretto and Catholic Heritage

By Loretto Community / September 12, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) has opened an online exhibit: Treasures from the Catholic Research Resource Alliance: Women Religious. The exhibit highlights pieces of the archives’ collection of the history of women religious – and Loretto members past and present are featured. Browse the whole collection, or find the Loretto member portraits. Read brief…

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Loretto and the Pipeline: Organizing Resistance

By Loretto Community / August 20, 2013 / 0 Comments

by Mary Ann McGivern Interchange Online Last February Kentucky residents began to hear about plans to run a gas pipeline from Pennsylvania and Ohio through Kentucky down to the Gulf. The pipeline got a name, The Bluegrass Pipeline. It would carry what used to be waste products from natural gas fracking but now were seen…

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Loretto and the Pipeline: To Care for a Sacred Trust

By Loretto Community / August 20, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Kathy Wright
Interchange Online

The grassroots efforts in Kentucky to stop the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline are growing exponentially. Landowners and concerned citizens have challenged the quiet campaign by the Williams Co to survey property across Kentucky to build a natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline without really telling anyone what this proposed pipeline would carry.

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Just Like New York: Classic Concerts in a Country Church

By Loretto Community / August 19, 2013 / 0 Comments

by Cecily Jones, SL Interchange Online After a recent concert an audience member was overheard exclaiming, “This is like being at Carnegie Hall!” She was commenting on the performance at one of the seven concerts offered between June 8 and July 7, not in New York, but in rural Kentucky. During those weeks the Loretto…

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Kentucky Holy Land Threatened by Bluegrass Pipeline

By Loretto Community / July 24, 2013 / 1 Comment

Loretto Motherhouse Community members have been concerned about a proposed pipeline carrying highly explosive, toxic byproducts of fracking since we heard about it coming through neighboring counties in June. That concern catapulted us into an energetic response in mid-July when a company representative came to the Motherhouse seeking permission for the pipeline on Loretto property.…

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Award from Pakistani American Community

By Loretto Community / July 23, 2013 / 0 Comments

On July 17, the Pakistani American Community and Interfaith Paths to Peace celebrated an iftar dinner, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, at the Second Presbyterian Church. Dr. Muhammad Babar presented to the Sisters of Loretto a plaque for their commitment to justice and peace for all. Those present accepting the honor for Loretto were:…

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Loretto Earth Network News

By Loretto Community / July 17, 2013 / 0 Comments

The summer issue of Loretto Earth Network’s quarterly newsletter is out. In it, you’ll find: – provocative, differing perspectives on divestment from fossil fuel companies as a climate justice strategy; – profiles of young climate justice activists – a report from the recent Indigenous Water Summit on the Cheyenne River Reservation To download this issue,…

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Volunteer Program Wins Leadership Award

By Loretto Community / July 12, 2013 / 0 Comments

The Loretto Community’s Loretto Volunteer Program will receive and accept the Call To Action Leadership Award this November. This award, conferred by the Call To Action board of directors at the annual Call To Action conference, honors groups and individuals who embody leadership for justice in the Catholic Church. Congratulations to all current and former…

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Loretto for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Loretto Community / July 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Val Novak Interchange Online The Loretto Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LA/CC) encourages Community members to continue to press for support of comprehensive immigration reform. On June 27, the Senate voted to pass an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Fourteen Republicans joined with 68 Democrats to approve Senate Bill 744 on comprehensive immigration reform. At the…

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Film Review: Set My Hands to Heal

By Loretto Community / June 27, 2013 / 0 Comments

Set My Hands to Heal / Dar Mis Manos Para Sanar by Mary Ann McGivern Interchange Online Loretto sister Ann Manganaro worked in Guarjila, El Salvador from 1987 to 1993 when she died of cancer. She had earned her medical degree at St. Louis University while she lived at Karen House Catholic Worker. Another medical…

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Search for Loretto Roots

By Loretto Community / June 27, 2013 / 1 Comment

by Eleanor Craig Interchange Online Last fall, Archivist-to-be Eleanor Craig (the author of this article) promised the staff of the Heritage Center that early in her tenure they would take a trip together to Maryland where the pioneer Kentucky Catholics originated. In mid-May, the four of us drove out of the Loretto Motherhouse gates eager…

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Co-Membership in Focus

By Loretto Community / June 12, 2013 / 0 Comments

Maureen Fiedler SL featured Loretto’s vibrant co-membership program in a recent essay in the National Catholic Reporter. “The Evolution of the committed life in the 21st century” (June 8, 2013) explores the changing nature of religious commitment, and lifts up the co-membership program as an example of an alternative to traditional vowed life. “Maybe the…

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