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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging – a Loretto legacy

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2024 /
Diorama of early Loretto sisters teaching

These are the first rules that St. Mary’s Academy was founded on. … “No denomination is refused if willing to observe the rules of the school.” Which means that 160…

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Deacon uncovers names of Black Catholics buried in unmarked graves at Louisville cemetery

By Loretto Community / February 27, 2024 /

Published by the Louisville Courier Journal on February 21, 2024 Loretto Roots Enslavement project is one of many historic studies being conducted by Catholic organizations who were involved in the…

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New research unearths first black student at Webster University; long before other colleges

By Loretto Community / February 23, 2024 /

Published by Total Information AM on February 22, 2024 Webster University Professor Annie Stevens, and DEI Associate Vice President Vincent Flewellen join Debbie and Scott in studio talking about how…

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Rediscovering Vada Lee Easter and the movement to desegregate Webster

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2024 /

Published on the Webster University News site on February 1, 2024 Saint Louis University (SLU) has long been credited as the first university in Missouri to desegregate. According to history…

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Bound for the Promised Land: Loretto Roots and Enslavement

By Annie Stevens CoL / January 24, 2024 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

For the first five decades of its existence in the antebellum South, the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross, as an early American religious congregation, participated in…

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Join Loretto and the LACC in participating in the 2023 Harvest of Justice campaign

By Loretto Community / September 6, 2023 /
Three Loretto Volunteers stand in front of Wendy's in support of National Farm Workers' movement

Loretto’s Latin America and Caribbean Committee (LACC) would like to share National Farm Worker Ministry’s annual Harvest of Justice over the next 6 weeks from Sept. 6 (Labor Day) to…

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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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Loretto joins with nearly 30 women religious congregations to affirm, honor transgender community

By Loretto Community / May 4, 2023 /

Loretto President Barbara Nicholas, on behalf of the Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community, signed the statement below, which was released on March 31, 2023, Transgender Day of Visibility.  Loretto was one…

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Catholic Nuns Affirm Support for Transgender Community, Loved and Cherished by God in Open Letter

By Loretto Community / April 4, 2023 /

Posted by Christianity Daily on April 3, 2023 A group of Catholic nuns published a public statement on behalf of thousands of religious women and some partner organizations. The alliance…

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The Good Trouble Working Group Takes a Trip to Montgomery

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2023 /

“As I walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, retracing the movement of the marchers who were demonstrating for the right to vote in 1965, I thought of how, as…

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Studying the Sisters of Loretto’s involvement in the Native Boarding School Era

By Loretto Community / March 14, 2023 /
Four Sisters of Loretto stand side by side in the snow in heart shaped habits.

Loretto wishes to share with you the research of the congregation’s study of the history of Native Boarding schools operated by the Sisters of Loretto.  Why We Study the Native…

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Loretto Shares Research To Date on Native Boarding Schools It Operated

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2023 /
Archival photo of large two story building with a balcony running the entire length of the second floor. A habited nun is standing in front of the building, next to a clothesline.

In 2012 the Loretto Community was dismayed to learn of the Doctrine of Discovery, the religious, political and legal justification for colonization and seizure of land not inhabited by Christians.…

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