Co-members of Loretto

The co-membership program has long been part of Loretto. It was established in 1970, more than 50 years ago, and opened the door to women and men of many religious affiliations and spiritual traditions to share in the Loretto mission “to work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.” The Sisters of Loretto (vowed members), along with the co-members, make up the membership of the Loretto Community.

Co-members of Loretto live the spirit and mission of Loretto through individual mutual commitment.

Lifestyles, occupations, marital status, geographical distribution and religious traditions vary. Co-members share in many aspects of the life of Loretto, serving on committees and staff and actively participating in Community Groups and gatherings. Although the greatest numbers of co-members live in areas that have the greatest numbers of Sisters of Loretto (Colorado, Kentucky and Missouri), co-members live in other states and countries outside the United States.

The name co-membership carefully was chosen and represents more than an association with Loretto – the “co” in co-membership means cooperation, community, communication, contribution and contract. Loretto co-members commit themselves to participation in the life and work of the Loretto Community and share their time, talent and treasure in support of Loretto and its mission.


Co-membership process

The process of becoming a co-member takes on average 2-5 years and provides the experiential learning necessary for a deeper understanding of the community and its spirituality, mission and values. Those considering co-membership, regardless of their knowledge or history with the community, are encouraged to take some time to get familiar with Loretto’s current mission activities, meet Loretto members (recommendations from four current members is required for application) and explore what form of “belonging” most appeals to them. Some suggestions for doing this are:

  • Subscribe to the monthly Loretto Circle e-newsletter and the weekly Midweek Mission Messages to get more familiar with Loretto and find out about events.
  • Attend public events either in person (at the Loretto Motherhouse in Kentucky or with Loretto members in other locations) or virtually on Zoom. This includes retreats, concerts, seasonal celebrations, workshops, political actions and educational events.
  • Consider joining a Loretto "Circle" or participating in other Outreach activities.

Once you’ve explored some ways to engage in Loretto and have four Loretto members who can recommend you, you may complete and submit the Preliminary Information Form, found at the bottom of this page.

Loretto "Belonging"

There are various ways of belonging in Loretto. This document (created by a teacher at Loretto Academy in El Paso, TX) gives an overview of the evolution of the Loretto Community and legacy.

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For many of us in Loretto, we are blessed that we have vocations that give our lives meaning and support the vows of working for justice and acting for peace.

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Act for justice, work for peace

Co-members value community and are willing to express their views, be respectful of those with another view and remain open to learning from others and being modified in the process. Co-members also share a willingness to develop and grow in their spiritual life and thereby nourish their commitment “to act for justice and work for peace” in their daily lives.

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