El Paso

The high desert of the Southwest, El Paso, Texas, remains home to many Loretto members engaged in education, healthcare and service to those in need. In particular, we join with the local Church in responding to the growing needs of immigrant families.

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Journeys in justice – Loretto celebrates the 2023/24 Loretto Justice Fellows!

By Loretto Community / May 14, 2024 /
Eight women smile for a group photo on a casual hike on a cloudy day with six women standing in the back and two women squatting in the front wearing sunglasses.

May 2024 marks the end of the inaugural year of the Loretto Justice Fellowship program. At this time last year, the Loretto Justice Fellowship program existed only as an idea,…

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Loretto members share reflections from the desert Southwest

By Loretto Community / April 16, 2024 /
Jane German snaps a selfie with blooming cactus and a stone wall.

The Sisters of Loretto came to the desert areas of the West to offer education and faith development in Loretto schools for children from diverse backgrounds, cultures and economic levels.…

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Do Not Be Afraid: March and Vigil for Human Dignity

By Annie Rosenkranz / March 27, 2024 /
A crowd of mostly high school girls and a few adults take a photo at a protest. There are a couple signs being held by community members.

On March 21, Loretto Community members, Loretto Academy students and staff and the Loretto Justice Fellowship program joined El Paso faith and community leaders in a demonstration for human dignity…

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The Wash and Dry Ministry

By Jane German CoL / February 21, 2024 /
A collage of four photos. Three of which are folks doing laundry at a laundry mat, the fourth photo is a woman moving laundry out of a trunk of a car.

Migrants are arriving in El Paso after weeks of traveling on foot across Central America and Mexico. Many stay overnight or for a few days in hospitality shelters run by the diocese,…

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Immigration justice

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2024 /
A black and white photo of somebody in a hoodie, shorts and sneakers back to the camera, putting their hands on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked…

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Schools founded by Sisters of Loretto carry on Loretto’s tradition of excellence

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
A large group of Nerinx Hall High School seniors in their white graduation caps and gowns throwing their caps in the air in celebration.

Nerinx Hall High School, Missouri Loretto Academy, Texas St. Mary’s Academy, Colorado Webster University, Missouri I am grateful for the strong example of Loretto women who created and led thisinstitution…

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100 years ago…

By Christina Manweller / September 22, 2023 /
Sepia toned photo of a large crowd in front of the Loretto Academy school building in El Paso during its opening in 1923.

Loretto Academy in El Paso opened its doors On the occasion of this important milestone, Mary E. “Buffy” Boesen SL writes: It’s hard to believe that 100 years have gone…

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Students find fulfillment and camaraderie volunteering at Loretto Motherhouse in Kentucky

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
Three girls join together and smile for a picture as they take a break from spreading mulch.

Students from Loretto Academy in El Paso, Nerinx Hall High School in St. Louis and St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colo., volunteered at the Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., for a…

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Loretto Justice Fellows begin justice journeys with partner organizations

By Loretto Community / August 28, 2023 /
Selfie of eight women of diverse ethnicity.

Loretto Justice Fellowship matches social work and pre-law students from the University of Texas-El Paso to social justice internships with El Paso-based partner organizations. These organizations are on the front…

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Loretto Academy celebrating centennial of creating ‘strong, independent women’

By Loretto Community / August 8, 2023 /

Published by on August 7, 2023 “EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Loretto Academy celebrated its centennial this year, marking 100 years since its founding by Mother Praxedes. “The Catholic…

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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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LoVos come together in support of migrants

By Annie Rosenkranz / July 6, 2022 /
Seven smiling people look down to the camera. A statue of the risen Christ on the cross towers above them in the clear blue sky.

Encuentro is Spanish for meeting, gathering, encounter — the act of coming together. For the Loretto Volunteer Program, our experience of encuentro at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso this…

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