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Earth

As Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross, we are called to care for Earth in its pain, to celebrate its beauty, and to create space for its healing. Recognizing our role as one of interdependent partnership with all Creation has been part of Loretto’s mission throughout our history. We reaffirmed our commitment to resist systems and conditions that violate Earth and all species in 2018, calling ourselves to “significantly mitigate our impact on climate change and ecological degradation.” We invite any who are interested to join with us on this journey of ecological conversion. Learn more about our mission to protect Earth.

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The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

By Loretto Community / November 14, 2022 /
A bee feeds on a yellow flower.

An anthropologist looks to a religious community of women in rural Kentucky for scientifically informed lessons in land stewardship. Could they be a model for activists and policymakers to move…

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Sing Alleluia to Our God!: Loretto Natural Burial Practices

By Loretto Community / November 7, 2022 /
People process down a paved path on a green, summery day. The last two women in the processing carry a large basket of flowers between them.

Gain souls, draw souls, court souls, shelter souls. I Am the Way, the Constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto,p. 2 What is a green, or natural, burial?  A green or…

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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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The church forbids ‘human composting’ at death. But what about ‘green’ burials?

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /

Published by America Magazine Oct. 13, 2022. “So is there a way for Catholics to honor the sacredness of the body in a conservation burial that also honors the sacredness…

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Loretto’s Carbon Reduction Fund Helps Support Earth’s Restoration

By Loretto Community / October 10, 2022 /
Woman with short, white curly hair and a yellow bandana pauses while weeding to smile for a photo.

In “All We Can Save,” Katharine Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson write, “To address our climate emergency, we must rapidly, radically reshape society. We need every solution and every solver.…

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Loretto Motherhouse Farm Works to ‘Care for our Common Home’

By Loretto Community / September 2, 2022 /

The Loretto Motherhouse Farm, formerly St. Stephens Farm, has been a productive farm operation since at least the late 1700’s, before the Sisters of Loretto were organized. In its earliest…

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Loretto is embracing Laudato Si’ spirituality

By Libby Comeaux CoL / July 1, 2022 /
A woman squats on a rock in a stream, her hands cupped in front of her.

In “Laudato Si’” Pope Francis urges upon us nothing less than an ecological conversion. Conversion connotes a life-changing spiritual, and resulting physical, transformation. It can be something familiar, like leaving…

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Loretto Members Share Ways to Live Simply So Others May Simply Live

By Loretto Community / May 2, 2022 /
Handcut felt banner displays strips of blue, gray and black, in the center of which is a colorful flower. Text reads "Choosing to live simply so others may simply live!"

The poet David Whyte says, “The doorway to a radical, numinous simplicity, seems to be reached by the long and difficult path of generosity.” Loretto Constitutions say, “By our vow…

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In the Service of Life: Loretto Celebrates Earth

By Loretto Community / April 18, 2022 /
A peaceful spring landscape of yellow and white daffodils growing in the foreground, with trees surrounding a pond in the background.

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,When the sun gives way to April showers,Here’s a thought that we should never miss:Though April…

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Monday Starter: Loretto Community celebrated 30 years of environmental ministry

By Loretto Community / March 30, 2022 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on March 28, 2022 As part of the United Nations’ annual two-week Commission on the Status of Women, the Loretto Community celebrated a congregational…

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Loretto Earth Network News – Earth Day 2022

By Loretto Community / March 29, 2022 /
Front page of the Loretto Earth Network News for Earth Day 2022 - includes a header in dark blue, a close-up photos of grasses with water in the background, and text.
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Striving To Care for Earth, Loretto Joins Global Justice Initiatives

By Loretto Community / October 11, 2021 /
Graphic representing the 7 goals of Laudato Si'

“All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”  (Laudato Si’,…

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