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Loretto Magazine – Winter 2021

Posted on February 22, 2021, by Loretto Community

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Loretto Spotlight Video – Anna Koop

Loretto: Acting for peace

Loretto Community members wearing sackcloth stand by the sidewalk with a banner that reads "Loretto Women for Disarmament."

Since the 1960s, the Loretto Community has been actively working to abolish nuclear weapons. These efforts have taken many forms, including praying and protesting at sites where weapons are manufactured or stored, fasting, attending hearings, attending shareholder meetings of corporations involved in manufacturing weapons, circulating petitions, learning and educating others about the nuclear threat.

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Acting for peace across the U.S.

Masked Loretto Community members stand with a sign reading "No More Hiroshimas" outside the Colorado capitol building in Denver in August.

Each Sunday for 12 years, Loretto Community members protested in rain, sleet, snow or shine at the Rocky Flats plant west of Denver (see photo, below). Plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons were manufactured at the plant that was run by Rockwell International until 1990.

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The Great March

Marchers carry a banner as they cross a pedestrian bridge. The banner reads "The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament."

In 1986, Sister Mary Beth “Buffy” Boesen walked from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. This was the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament that kicked off in California on March 1, and, after crossing the Mojave Desert, 12,000-foot Loveland Pass in Colorado, plains, cities and towns, ended in Washington, D.C., on November 15 of that year.

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Walking with God toward the wholeness of Creation

Mary Ann McGivern SL stands at a microphone and presents an award to Bishop Tom Gumbleton

Loretto’s work continues as the risk of a nuclear catastrophe grows. This risk includes a preemptive strike against nuclear silo sites across the western U.S. Four hundred loaded Minuteman III ICBM missiles stand ready for launch in silos in Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wyoming (There is a plan to replace these at a cost of $100 billion.). This is in addition to the weapons the Air Force and Navy control, about 850 carried on bombers (Around 300 are kept ready for launch at bomber bases.), plus 200 weapons on submarines at sea at any given time. The U.S. also deploys nuclear weapons at sites in other countries. In total, the U.S. keeps around 6,000 nuclear warheads.

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Loretto Volunteer’s heart is with those who suffer

A young woman in a mask sits at her desk in front of a laptop.

Hayley Morgan, at left, Loretto Volunteer, serves in El Paso, Texas, with the Opportunity Center for the Homeless (the OC), a community resource organization providing safe shelter, food and support services for people experiencing homelessness. Hayley’s work is deeply rooted in Loretto’s legacy of working for justice and acting for peace.

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At school in Pakistan: Keeping the light burning

Two young Pakistani girls, one in a school uniform and one in a lacey dress, sit together.

At the beginning of last year , Saba came to us asking for financial help. She has three children: two girls and a boy. We hired her to prepare breakfast for us, cooking a vegetarian dish in addition to two meals with meat every week. Our one condition was that she send her children to school. She brought her daughters to school. Saher, the eldest at 11, had never seen a school, and was admitted with the 6- and 7-year old children. We also helped with her studies in the evenings. In one year she reached the level of her age group, which is class two in Pakistan.

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In this time of COVID-19, daring to say, ‘All will be well’

A woman and two children pass through an overpass on a paved path next to a creek.

As we grapple with the ravages of COVID-19, we are invited to experience our grief. Are we courageous enough to turn to the fire of our own grief? It is so much easier to run. Losing those we love is where the fire burns hottest. Losing our own health is trial by fire.

Oh the loss!

The desolation at not being at the death beds of those we care about … and those who need us. Loss of authentic connection to the outside community, where we long to be of service to those in need. For some of us: loss after loss. While we grieve, hurting and tender remembering those who have died, we are being transformed. Awareness of this — for this is God moving in us — allows us to create new life and love in the post-COVID-19 world.

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