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Earth

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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A 2-century-old Catholic convent is fighting for conservation in Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 20, 2023 /

Published by Louisville Public Media on January 19, 2023 For a 2-century-old Catholic convent outside Loretto, Ky., conservation is an act of faith. In a state where prosperity was forged…

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Sisters of Loretto permanently protect 650 acres in Marion County, Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 18, 2023 /
Close-up photo of a field of yellow flowers in bloom.

NERINX, KY – The Sisters of Loretto today, Jan. 18, signed an historic agreement with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy to conserve more than 650 acres of the congregation’s nearly 800-acre…

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New Name, Same Game: The Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2022 /
Two women, Shenandoah Valley and Monica Robinson, working together to move a large solar panel outdoors.

Written by the Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund Committee: Beth Blissman, Susan Classen, Becky Coakley, Roberta Hudlow, Jessie Rathburn, Michele Stimac The Tree Fund was first established in 2019 in honor…

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“The Letter” documentary – Screening and Discussion

By Loretto Community / November 16, 2022 /
Banner reading "The future of planet Earth is in our hands."

Please join us for a Communitywide screening and discussion of “The Letter,” a new documentary from the Laudato Si’ Movement on the personal invitation Pope Francis issued to each of…

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The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

By Loretto Community / November 14, 2022 /
A bee feeds on a yellow flower.

An anthropologist looks to a religious community of women in rural Kentucky for scientifically informed lessons in land stewardship. Could they be a model for activists and policymakers to move…

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Sing Alleluia to Our God!: Loretto Natural Burial Practices

By Loretto Community / November 7, 2022 /
People process down a paved path on a green, summery day. The last two women in the processing carry a large basket of flowers between them.

Gain souls, draw souls, court souls, shelter souls. I Am the Way, the Constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto,p. 2 What is a green, or natural, burial?  A green or…

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Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project Held a Solar Picnic – 10/28/2022

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2022 /
Five people, two on the roof of a one-story building and three on the ground, hoist a solar panel up to be installed on the roof.

The Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund is excited to highlight a recent grant recipient: the Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project (SVBHP). On Friday, October 28, supporters of the Shenandoah Valley Black…

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UN Climate Talks (COP27) – Virtual Delegation with Loretto at the UN

By Loretto Community / October 26, 2022 /

The UN Climate Talks (COP27) are coming up soon (6 to 18 November 2022), as governments convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. You can follow the conference virtually with the Loretto…

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The church forbids ‘human composting’ at death. But what about ‘green’ burials?

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /

Published by America Magazine Oct. 13, 2022. “So is there a way for Catholics to honor the sacredness of the body in a conservation burial that also honors the sacredness…

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Loretto’s Carbon Reduction Fund Helps Support Earth’s Restoration

By Loretto Community / October 10, 2022 /
Woman with short, white curly hair and a yellow bandana pauses while weeding to smile for a photo.

In “All We Can Save,” Katharine Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson write, “To address our climate emergency, we must rapidly, radically reshape society. We need every solution and every solver.…

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Winter Solstice Celebration – Registration closed

By Loretto Community / October 7, 2022 /
A person meditates in front of large windows with a mountain view in the background

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

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Loretto Motherhouse Farm Ag Bash

By Loretto Community / September 7, 2022 /
A collage of six pictures from the Ag Bash at the Motherhouse including photos of kids learning and having fun

Facilitating learning events for the surrounding community continues to be central to the Farm’s work. Over the past six years the Loretto Motherhouse Farm has hosted Farmer Field Days to…

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