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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Living Laudato Si’ – daily!

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2024 /
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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Read all about it! Loretto Magazine, Winter 2024 issue now out!

By Loretto Community / March 4, 2024 /
Cover of Loretto Magazine winter 2024. Photo of seven women posing together on the front steps of a building. Text at the top reads: Inside... Loretto's new Justice Fellowship program, Loretto welcomes migrants, Pioneers at Loretto Heights College ... and more

Loretto Magazine’s winter edition is now available! Your heart will be stirred by the Loretto Justice Fellows, women who provide service hours to local community organizations while studying in the…

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Carbon reduction award goes to Haiti

By Joy Jensen SL / March 1, 2024 /
A split blue and green leaf graphic.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with a socioeconomic condition plagued by political instability. Loretto’s Carbon Reduction Fund awarded $500 to the Association of Peasants of Fondwa…

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Join Loretto, Loretto-affiliated schools and others working to heal Earth

By Loretto Community / February 26, 2024 /

Laudate Deum is a call to heed the gravity of the moment and undertake change before it is too late for Earth and life on Earth. The pope urges us…

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Loretto heeds the pope’s latest urgent plea on behalf of Earth and all life

By Loretto Community / February 20, 2024 /
A sprawling green field of grass landscape on a bright blue day with scattered clouds in the sky as a yellow flower pops up on the left side.

Loretto learned about Laudate Deum, Pope Francis’s follow-up to his encyclical, Laudato Si’, at its October 2023 Community Gathering. Laudate Deum is a call to heed the gravity of the…

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A Fallow Time Reflection

By Susan Classen CoL / January 10, 2024 /
A red chair with a colorful quilt on top sits centered in the room of a small wood cabin.

By Susan Classen CoL and JoAnn Gates CoL Fallow time. Wintering. Call it what you will, only one out of every 10 living in the U.S. call the winter months…

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Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund Recipients

By Loretto Community / December 13, 2023 /
One woman in a pink shirt stands with four young people holding garden equipment standing next to a tree they planted in their garden.

The Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund was established in honor of Loretto Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius, who throughout her years as Motherhouse service coordinator planted countless trees, bushes and flowers at Loretto Motherhouse.…

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Loretto at the UN represents at the United Nations Climate Talks

By Loretto Community / December 8, 2023 /

The United Nations Climate Talks (COP28) are taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 12 in Dubai City, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Loretto at the UN has coordinated a virtual…

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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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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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