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Earth Day 2020: Reflections from the Farm

By Bob Ernst CoL / March 27, 2020 /

Earth Day is approaching. And it’s a big one. It’s the fiftieth time we’ve set aside this day to celebrate Earth, to mark the debt we owe the planet and to atone for our sins against her, to rally to her aid. So I’ve been wondering, what should I do to celebrate this momentous occasion?…

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Online session 8 with Loretto Community and Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP

By Loretto Community / March 18, 2020 /

In 2016, Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, the director of Genesis Farm, addressed the Loretto Community on the 25th anniversary of the Loretto Earth Network. Now we are revisiting these same talks with a more conversational format. This is the eighth of eight online sessions that will include: a ritual / meditation by a Loretto Committee…

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Motherhouse Farm guided by Loretto’s desire to live in responsible relationship with the land and with all life

By Loretto Community / March 16, 2020 /

We seek to live humbly on land made good by its Creator.  We accept the privilege to live in responsible relationship with the land and with all of life.  We commit ourselves to being shaped by the beauty and harmony of God’s Universe. Three goals guide the work of the Motherhouse through its Farm and…

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Cultivation

By Loretto Community / March 16, 2020 /

Strip Grazing For our grass-fed and finished beef cattle production we need superb quality forages to keep our animals growing. The most successful forages we have found have been summer and winter annuals which are planted each year and grow for 1 growing season. Here you see our calves grazing a winter annual mixture of…

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Innovation

By Loretto Community / March 15, 2020 /

Working with Gravity Cattle need more water in their diet than any other single component. Therefore, it is extremely important to have it available in ample supply and in good quality. As we are continually improving the farm, we are fencing the cattle out of surface water (ponds, creeks, streams) and installing water tanks. The…

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Education

By Loretto Community / March 15, 2020 /

Local Farmers Bringing local farmers onto our land for field days with multiple agriculture specialists from the University of Kentucky and other places is one component of our education efforts. As you can see, even our calves are part of the educational experience! Agriculture Students Other field day visitors are the local agriculture students. Not…

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Conservation

By Loretto Community / March 15, 2020 /

Controlled Burning Part of our Conservation Reserve acres are planted in native warm season grasses that thrive in the summer months, providing great habitat for many types of wildlife and storing carbon from the atmosphere in the soil!  Unfortunately, the grasses thrive so well that they will smother themselves to death unless accumulated thatch is…

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Online session 7 with Loretto Community and Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP

By Loretto Community / March 11, 2020 /

In 2016, Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, the director of Genesis Farm, addressed the Loretto Community on the 25th anniversary of the Loretto Earth Network. Now we are revisiting these same talks with a more conversational format. This is the seventh of eight online sessions that will include: a ritual / meditation by a Loretto Committee…

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Earth’s Gratitude

By Jessie Rathburn CoL / March 2, 2020 /

‘Am I living in a way that Earth would be grateful for me?’ This is the question I was faced with recently after reading a Robin Wall Kimmerer article on returning Earth’s gifts. My gratitude for Earth, though undoubtedly inadequate, is near constant. The dew on the grass in the morning, the sweet strawberries in…

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Notes & News – Winter 2020

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2020 /

Sisters of Loretto honored in El Paso The Option for the Poor Award was given in recognition of the sisters’ many years of service “Working for Justice and acting for Peace in the El Paso Diocese.” At the ceremony in El Paso, Texas, in November, Helen Santamaria SL gave the keynote, a reflection on the…

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Online session 6 with Loretto Community and Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2020 /

In 2016, Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, the director of Genesis Farm, addressed the Loretto Community on the 25th anniversary of the Loretto Earth Network. Now we are revisiting these same talks with a more conversational format. This is the sixth of eight online sessions that will include: a ritual / meditation by a Loretto Committee…

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Loretto Shares Ecological Lenten Guide Focusing on Our Relationship, Responsibility to Earth

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2020 /
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We would like to share with you the “Lenten Reflection Guide 2020: A Journey Toward Ecological Conversion.” This Lenten resource was created by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. It may be used individually or in small groups, providing opportunities for reflection, prayer and the renewal of your spirit as you face the challenging realities…

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