Look at the word “advocacy.” Its root — “vocare” —is closely related to the word “vocation,” or divine calling. These works of justice of ours are our vocation at its most faithful practice. We respond to the needs of people who are poor, we support actions to reverse harmful climate change and restore a healthy climate, we work for the abolishment of nuclear weapons, we support efforts against human trafficking, we hear the cries of our neighbors at the border. We do this work “because the Gospel urges us.”

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Lenten Peace Prayer public event

By Loretto Community / February 27, 2024 /
Colorful banner of a peace dove over flames with text "We work for justice and act for peace", "The Loretto Community"


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Loretto urgently calls for end to Middle East war

By Loretto Community / January 11, 2024 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

Loretto grieves the deaths in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, mostly women and children. All their homes in Gaza are gone.…

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What to do about global plastic pollution?

By Beth Blissman CoL / July 1, 2023 /
A family of 6 work together to clean up plastic waste off a beach.

I’m not sure about you, but when I grew up in the 1960s there were not many single-use plastics in our everyday lives. To me it makes no sense whatsoever…

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A Pride Month proclamation in Cedar Falls, Iowa 

By Byron Plumley CoL / July 1, 2023 /
The outside of a Saint Paul Catholic Church featuring a pride rainbow banner that says, 'LGBTQ+ Catholics Family, Friends, and Allies All are welcome.'

In April 2023, the Cedar Falls (Iowa) Human Rights Commission drafted a proclamation calling for June to be declared Pride Month. The proclamation was sent to the city council for…

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Unseen Costs of Looking Nice

By Kim Klein CoL / February 1, 2023 /

I start with a confession: I am the opposite of a clothes horse. I once thought of joining the military just so I would not have to think about what to…

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Speak Up, Speak Out and Get out the Vote!

By Mary Catherine Rabbitt SL / October 5, 2022 /

Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few, September, November!  Willie Nelson, “September Song” That line from “September Song” is a fitting way to begin an exhortation for all of…

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The Critical Importance of School Board Elections

By Kim Klein CoL / September 28, 2022 /

There’s no such thing as neutral education. Education either functions as an instrument to bring about conformity or freedom. Paulo Freire, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” I live in California and…

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Use Your Voice! Call Your Senators!

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / July 20, 2022 /

The easy way to reach your senator or congressional representative is to call the congressional switchboard (202-224-3121). Call to say you are dismayed at the Supreme Court action on — just about…

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Loretto Advocacy: ‘Because the Gospel Urges Us’

By Loretto Community / July 9, 2021 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." A white dove carrying an olive branch in its mouth is below. Art by Bob Strobridge.

Loretto’s Constitutions give us the foundational words for the work of Loretto in today’s world. Article 36 is straightforward and clear: “We work for justice and act for peace because…

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Loretto Calls on Biden/Harris To Reunite Migrant Families Separated at U.S. Border

By Loretto Community / February 5, 2021 /

“Every day that passes adds to the trauma that these children continue to endure at our hands. Reuniting these children with their families would do much to restore decency and…

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Action Alert – Loretto Stands with the Dreamers

By Loretto Community / November 13, 2019 /

On Nov. 12 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument on the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  A large contingent from the Leadership Conference of…

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