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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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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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People Are Dying of Poverty. Loretto Will Speak Up.

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / July 12, 2023 /

A year ago the Loretto Community marched with the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. This year the Poor People’s Campaign met in convention in D.C. and Loretto stayed home, working…

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Journey to Montgomery

By Martha Crawley CoL / April 1, 2023 /
Seven diverse women smile together for a group selfie inside.

In mid-February, 12 Loretto Link members and friends took a journey to Montgomery, Ala. The trip was initiated and orchestrated by members of the Loretto Link Good Trouble Working Group,…

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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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38th annual MLK Jr. birthday celebration is a success

By Pat McCormick SL / March 1, 2023 /
A large group of individuals collected outdoors for a photo with a sign saying, "Loretto Community honors the memory of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2023 was the Loretto Community’s 38th year to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The event is known as a Marade. In 1983, the U.S. Congress introduced…

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An Exploration of White Supremacy Culture

By Loretto Community / February 15, 2023 /

By Natalie Gaviria When I think about white supremacy culture I am reminded of the analogy that white supremacy is like rain or snow — it falls on all of us, just…

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Black History Month Docuseries

By Byron Plumley CoL / February 8, 2023 /
A group of people in winter coats smiling while attending a march.

It was so great to see the Loretto presence at the Martin Luther King Jr. Marade in Denver. Thanks to Pat McCormick for her consistent effort to rally folks, and special thanks…

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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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