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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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Exploring Intersections: Racial Justice

By Loretto Community / June 9, 2021 /
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“Exploring Intersections” is a year-long series. Each episode will focus on a social issue and explore how it intersects with racism, migration and climate in a thought-provoking and engaging conversation. Panelists will offer their perspectives, notable achievements and insight on their particular topic. Monthly episodes will occur every second Wednesday of the month from 3…

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To Listen and Learn: Loretto Confronts Racism

By Loretto Community / June 4, 2021 /
A stone memorial with bronze plaque that reads "In Loving Memory of Oblates and Other Slaves of The Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross"

From the founding of Loretto in 1812 to today, Loretto has sought to live out the meaning of these words, “We strive to bring the healing Spirit of God into our world and we commit ourselves to improving the conditions of those who suffer from injustice, oppression, and deprivation of dignity.” (“I Am the Way,”…

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Racism, Migration and Climate Crises: Three Great Challenges of Our Time

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2021 /
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“I Am the Way,” the Loretto Constitutions, #66, calls us to do this: “The spirit of the poor proclaimed by the Beatitudes demands more than our generosity and detachment. It does demand these, but it further demands a sharing in the struggle against the evils afflicting our sisters and brothers everywhere.” The late Supreme Court…

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Beginning a Conversation about Loretto Slaveholding and its Implications

By Loretto Community / February 11, 2021 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

What the Loretto Community now knows about its practices of slaveholding, 1812-1865, is an unsatisfactory combination of a very few documents, some speculation and good guesses, and a very disconcerting realization that we have a large responsibility to which we have barely attended. This presentation is offered as an inspiration and a prod for Loretto…

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Federal Census Evidence for Loretto Slaveholding, 1820-1860

By Loretto Community / November 18, 2020 /

(Editor’s Note: The Loretto Community is working to understand its complicity in systemic racism. We thank the Loretto Heritage Center staff for providing important research about Loretto’s history of slaveholding. We cannot atone and change without knowing the truths of our past.) By Susanna Pyatt Knowledge that the Sisters of Loretto were slaveholders prior to the Civil…

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