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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We Humans have No Right to Destroy God’s Creation

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2023 /
Robins nest with three blue Robins eggs

By Beth Blissman and Allison Lemons Although threats are increasingly bandied about globally regarding the use of nuclear weapons, the United Nations has brokered two treaties, which, if implemented, would…

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Summer Solstice Celebration and Ritual

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2023 /
The sun beams over the tops of the mountains and trees.

Celebrate Earth by joining Loretto Outreach and LEN (Loretto Earth Network) for one of our seasonal online rituals. The online Summer Solstice Celebration will be June 21, 6:30-7:30pm Eastern. Bring…

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View through a window

By Susan Classen CoL / May 1, 2023 /
Woman in warm clothing with hat and gloves helping spread soil on a sunny day.

Headlines about a 1984 seminal study linking human health to nature declared, “View through a window may influence recovery from surgery.” That early study found that hospital patients with a…

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Save Bernheim Now!

By Loretto Community / April 19, 2023 /
An older white woman wearing a yellow and black "Save Bernheim Now" t-shirt in a rosie the riveter pose with her arm.

Bernheim attorneys state that “The procedural regulations and many laws in Kentucky (and many other states) are written to greatly favor extractive industries and highway projects over the rights of…

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Check out the Loretto booths at the Springfield Green Festival!

By Loretto Community / April 18, 2023 /

Come celebrate Earth Day with Loretto at the Springfield Green Festival! Loretto will have two booths at the Festival: a farm booth with beef for sale and a booth about…

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Toxic Contamination of Water Sources Poses Long-Term Hazards to American Communities and Environment

By Loretto Community / April 13, 2023 /

Originally posted by The Tablet on April 12, 2023 To understand how Catholics are responding to water pollution in their communities, OSV News spoke with advocates and agencies in Philadelphia,…

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Keepin’ It Rural

By Loretto Community / April 11, 2023 /

Published by Kentucky Monthly on March 30, 2023 The Bluegrass region is one of Kentucky’s quintessential landscapes. Scenic pastoral views are dotted with bourbon rickhouses. Mile after mile of black…

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Loretto Members Worldwide Respond to Climate Change Crisis

By Loretto Community / March 6, 2023 /
A large group of people pose for a group photo, with a crucifix visible in the background and the center person holding a plaque with the header "Bluegrass Land Conservancy."

Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our…

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Loretto Members Respond to Climate Change Questions

By Loretto Community / March 6, 2023 /

This week we asked our members abroad the following questions: How does climate change affect you and the people with whom you work? What do you wish people in the…

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Spring Equinox Celebration

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2023 /
A redbud tree in the woods explodes with tiny pink flowers.

Join the Loretto Earth Network and Loretto Outreach for their online seasonal celebration of the Spring Equinox, March 20. The celebration begins at 6:30 pm ET and provides an opportunity…

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Conservation easement now a reality

By Martha Alderson CoL / March 1, 2023 /
A woman sitting down signing paperwork as another women watches over. They're surrounded by beautiful scenery photography and individuals sitting behind them.

“For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies, For the love which from our birth over and around us lies.” The singing of this hymn began…

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Cedars of Peace: Retreat hermitages in the sacred woods of Kentucky

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2023 /
Small wooden cabin with a front porch.

… rest a while Sojourners on life’s journey find gifts abounding at Cedars. Quiet is interspersed with bird symphony. Solitude rocks you in gentle arms. Body and soul encounter deep…

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