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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Recipients of Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund help heal and balance Earth’s natural ecosystems

By Loretto Community / November 6, 2023 /
Banner reading "The future of planet Earth is in our hands."

Since our lives cannot be lived apart from the rest of creation that sustains us, might it be that living in Christ will mean living in communion with the Word…

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Living Laudato Si’ – daily!

By Loretto Community / October 31, 2023 /
Graphic representing the 7 goals of Laudato Si'

The Loretto Community is committed to participating in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and many of the Loretto schools have done the same. Liz Deines SL, acting campus minister at…

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Fall Equinox Ritual

By Loretto Community / September 13, 2023 /
A festive, fall bounty of pumpkins, ears of corn and gourds are arranged on the floor on green, satiny cloth.

Join the Loretto Earth Network and Loretto Outreach for their online seasonal celebration of the fall equinox on Saturday, Sept. 23. The ritual begins at 6:30 pm ET and provides an opportunity to honor…

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“Maui Strong” in the Aftermath of Devastating Fires

By Rosie Casey CoL / September 6, 2023 /
A man with a blue shirt talking into a microphone speaking to a crowd of people.

After the devastating fires in Lahaina and Kula Aug. 8 on Maui island, dozens of Native Hawaiian cultural leaders met to discuss how the community could come together to begin the…

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Rosie Casey represents Loretto at the UN at Peace Boat Blue Innovation Reception

By Loretto Community / September 6, 2023 /
Woman stands next to a large framed poster in Japanese and English entitled "Towards a nuclear-free world"

Peace Boat is an international NGO that creates and implements global educational and advocacy voyages for peace and sustainability. On a visit to the port of Honolulu on September 2-3,…

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Second Annual Ag Bash

By Loretto Community / August 16, 2023 /

On Aug. 12 the Loretto Motherhouse held our second annual Ag. Bash. Big tents were set up in the field right before Mary’s Lake. Community members packed 300 children’s goodie…

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Loretto Academy, El Paso, lives out Laudato Si’ principles as Laudato Si’ school

By Loretto Community / July 28, 2023 /
Group shot of participants at a outside work day at Loretto Academy in El Paso, TX

On July 25, 2022, Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas, in solidarity with the Loretto Community, signed on to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform and took the first steps on…

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What to do about global plastic pollution?

By Beth Blissman CoL / July 1, 2023 /
A family of 6 work together to clean up plastic waste off a beach.

I’m not sure about you, but when I grew up in the 1960s there were not many single-use plastics in our everyday lives. To me it makes no sense whatsoever…

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The True Cost of the Paper We Use

By Loretto Community / June 21, 2023 /

The Loretto Community has taken up Pope Francis’s call. In 2018 he said, “Get rid of useless baggage,” referring to empty chatter and harmful consumerism. Laudato Si’ calls on us to use less…

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Loretto protects generous swath of land at the Motherhouse in Kentucky

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2023 /
Clouds glow pink and orange in a navy sky, as a house and trees are silhouetted against the fading glow of dusk.

The Loretto Community has long been committed to caring for Earth Barbara Nicholas SL, president of the Loretto Community The Loretto Community has entered into an agreement with Bluegrass Land…

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Responding to Earth’s cry

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2023 /
A Black woman's smiling face can be seen through the handle of a large basket full of cherry tomatoes.

The Loretto Community Carbon Reduction Fund helps to re-green, decrease harm to Earth If you get a cut or wound on your body, are you not going to care for…

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Loretto Spotlight Video – Jessie Rathburn CoL

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2023 /

The healing of Earth is directly tied to the healing of our bodies, our selves. Jessie Rathburn Jessie Rathburn, Loretto’s earth education and advocacy coordinator, introduces the Loretto Community Carbon…

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