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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Mother Nature Creates Her Own Art From Jeanne Dueber’s ‘Protected Community’

By Debra Kehl CoL / July 1, 2019 /
A large wooden tree trunk surrounded by lush green trees on a sunny day.

As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to the left of the road and you will see a carved tree trunk titled “Protected Community” sculpted by Jeanne Dueber in…

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Embracing All the Colors of Summer Solstice

By Loretto Earth Network (LEN) / June 20, 2019 /

21 June 2019 RITUAL PREPARATION: Decorate the ritual meeting place with the Summer Solstice colors of yellow, green and blue. These colors represent a festival of community sharing and planetary…

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Loretto Earth Network News – Summer 2019

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2019 /
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Pentecost Reflection

By Loretto Community / June 8, 2019 /

Pentecost Sunday, June 9, 2019Reflection from the Loretto Earth Network We read in Acts 2: “When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place.…

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SMA Students Spend Spring Break at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2019 /
Five girls sitting and one girl standing and posing with her arms out to the side smiling together for a group picture on top of a stone sign for Loretto Motherhouse on a sunny day.

By Christine Boss St. Mary’s Academy selected several girls to participate in a trip from Denver to the Loretto Motherhouse over spring break. It was the first time that the…

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In the ‘Land of Knobs’

By Joy Jensen SL / June 1, 2019 /
Steep rolling hills covered in multi-colored trees in the fall on a cloudy day.

If you drive to Bardstown, Ky., on Route 49 from Loretto, you will see a high, cone-shaped hill rising from the surrounding trees near the hamlet of Holy Cross. Everyone…

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A Reflection on Ask the Beasts

By Joy Jensen SL / May 1, 2019 /
A hawk perches on a tall pine tree.

A few years ago a juvenile red-tailed hawk was injured while flying into an electrical line. It died of starvation. I searched and found it under a tree. I stroked…

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Loretto Earth Network News – Spring 2019

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2019 /
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Our Loretto Motherhouse Farm Is an Ecosystem of Its Own

By Joy Jensen SL / February 1, 2019 /
A meadow with black cows surrounded by leafless trees on a cloudy day.

Did you know that our Loretto Motherhouse farm is an ecosystem? Remember that an ecosystem is made up of living and non-living things that interact and exchange energy. A farm…

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Loretto Earth Network News – Winter 2018

By Loretto Community / December 21, 2018 /
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Loretto Earth Network News – Fall 2018

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 /
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The Secret Garden Revisited: A Reflection

By Joy Jensen SL / October 1, 2018 /
Green bushes with white flowers lining a still pond on a green field on a sunny day.

A bird feeder hangs outside on my Infirmary window. A Chipping sparrow visits it daily and is occasionally joined by a Harris’s sparrow. After eating they fly to the Japanese…

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