Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification
During the 2021 Assembly, Loretto invited all to observe its “I Was Here” Project, a ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more than 50 individuals enslaved between 1812-1865. The “I Was Here” Project seeks to reframe the conversation around racism and slavery through the lens of art. The ritual of remembrance was accompanied by a display of “Ancestor Spirit Portraits” to honor the role enslaved individuals played in the Loretto Community.
A recording of the historic event below.