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Anti-racism

Loretto Community condemns racism in all forms.

The Community is working to understand its complicity in systemic racism. We cannot atone and change without knowing the truths of our past.

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Loretto Actively Engaged in Helping To Create More Just, Peaceful World

By Loretto Community / February 6, 2023 /
Woman in sunglasses and mask stands in the street holding a red sign that reads "Racism Kills."

Article 40 of I Am the Way, Loretto’s Constitutions, says, “Cooperation with others engaged in creating a more just and peaceful world is crucial to fruitful mission.” This week we…

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Loretto Reflects on MLK and His Message of Nonviolence: Creating the ‘Beloved Community’

By Loretto Community / January 13, 2023 /
Colorful banner of a peace dove over flames with text "We work for justice and act for peace", "The Loretto Community"

I’ve been to the mountaintop. I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will…

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Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project Held a Solar Picnic – 10/28/2022

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2022 /
Five people, two on the roof of a one-story building and three on the ground, hoist a solar panel up to be installed on the roof.

The Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund is excited to highlight a recent grant recipient: the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project (SVBHP). On Friday, October 28, supporters of the Shenandoah Valley Black…

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‘We Say Their Names’: Loretto Seeks Forgiveness, Reconciliation for Participating in System of Enslavement

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

God who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #80 Look…

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Loretto Roots: Loretto’s Involvement with Enslaved Persons and Educating Indigenous Children

By Loretto Community / July 26, 2022 /
Colorful banner featuring these words from Unamuno's quote "to remain silent is to lie." Banner by Robert Strobridge CoL

We cannot go back, we can only go forward,in a cyclical manner.” Kylan Jacobs, Osage Nation Loretto President Barbara Nicholas SL assigned Annie Stevens SL and Libby Comeaux CoL a…

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Loretto Heeds John Lewis’s Call To Find Way To Get In ‘Good Trouble’

By Loretto Community / July 1, 2022 /
A group of people gather for a photo in front of a house around a banner that reads "Loretto."

John Lewis said to America, “You must find a way to get in the way and get in good trouble, necessary trouble. … You have a moral obligation, a mission,…

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Slaveholding in Loretto’s history: Honoring the sacredness of human dignity

By Loretto Community / April 23, 2022 /
A Black man, looking directly at the camera, stands shoulder to shoulder with a Black woman, whose eyes are closed. The photo has been made to look old, with the words "don't forget me, benna" overlaid in small text on the woman.

We gathered in our home church to see and hear with our hearts a tragic reality about our homeplace, that these grounds have been a place of wounding for many…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / February 6, 2022 /
Portrait of a Black man overlaid with red and yellow colorwash and text "lightening touches the ground"

The Loretto Community is pleased to share through social media some highlights of the Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification that took place November 2021 at our Kentucky Motherhouse. Through this…

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Honor Dr. King: End Racism!

By Loretto Community / January 17, 2022 /
Placard reading "Honor King: End Racism!"

A young boy grows up in the era of segregation, a young man is moved into leadership in the civil rights movement, an educated leader works through painful moments believing…

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Exploring Intersections: Affordable Housing

By Loretto Community / December 7, 2021 /
Wide blue, purple and green stripes fill the photo, with "Exploring Intersections" logo in the lower third of the frame.

The basic human need for shelter is often unattainable for those at the mercy of the elements, job layoffs, economic downturns, overcrowded projects. The conversation, “Exploring Intersections: Affordable Housing,” will…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 18, 2021 /
Colorful banner featuring these words from Unamuno's quote "to remain silent is to lie." Banner by Robert Strobridge CoL

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…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 15, 2021 /

A ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more than fifty individuals enslaved between 1812-1865. The event program is here. Watch it live…

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