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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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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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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