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Empowerment of Women and Children

Empowerment of women has been a hallmark of Loretto since its inception. We strive to educate Loretto students and others in this value. It comes out of our devotion and admiration to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the Cross as a woman of faith and courage. Learn about the Mary Rhodes Award, which recognizes women working for justice, especially for other women.

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Loretto Peace Committee recognizes work of the Irish Ambassador to the U.N., Geraldine Byrne Nason

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2022 /
Woman with glasses sits in front of United Nations backdrop

[The positive changes in Ireland] took the perseverance, the ingenuity and the firm passion and commitment of women on the ground — and we come back to where we started out ……

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Nasreen Daniel SL is standing tall in Pakistan with the Loretto Community’s support

By Nasreen Daniel SL / July 5, 2022 /

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women,…

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Immigration Spotlight – May 27, 2022

By Loretto Community / May 27, 2022 /

LACC invites you to join Felicia Rangel-Samponaro on Immigration Spotlight, Friday, May 27th, at 11 am EDT. Felicia is one of the directors at The Sidewalk School, a rapid response…

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Loretto’s Mission Reflects Call To Nurture All Life

By Loretto Community / May 9, 2022 /

‘We are each meant to be mothers of God.’ Meister Eckhart von Hochheim OP We all want “to birth love” in the world. Or, at least, we should. Meister Eckhart,…

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Loretto Feminist Network: Standing Strong With Women

By Loretto Community / March 28, 2022 /

The Loretto Feminist Network, known as LFN for short, was established in 1982 to raise awareness of the issues facing women in the world, in the United States and in…

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Loretto Earth Network

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2022 /

Please join us as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Loretto at the UN – and the Loretto Earth Network – at the Commission on the Status of Women 66,…

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Loretto’s Work Supporting Women & Girls: Agents of Change

By Loretto Community / March 21, 2022 /
Woman in a parade carries a colorful banner that reads "Be Light..." Photo by Philip Deitch

These weeks of Lent are an important time to focus on God’s mercy. Strange, you may say, to begin a week of reflection thinking about God’s mercy as we focus…

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Working for Justice Across the Generations… What stories can teach us

By Loretto Community / March 18, 2022 /

Join the Coordinators and Consultants of the Loretto Feminist Network for a dialogue presentation for the U.N. Council on Status of Women on Friday, March 18th at 3pm ET. We…

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Loretto Magazine – Fall 2021

By Loretto Community / December 8, 2021 /
Cover of Loretto Magazine Fall 2021 features an archival photo of a Sister of Loretto on the floor with Vietnamese children.

Read Loretto Magazine Loretto Spotlight Video – Beth Blissman Vietnam: answering the call Walter Cronkite began his nightly CBS evening news broadcast with the death count from Vietnam from the…

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Flames of love and commitment burn on after war

By Loretto Community / December 8, 2021 /
Two women, one Vietnamese and one White, embrace and smile for the camera.

Standing with the adoptees … now grown By Mary Louise Denny SL There is often a deeply rooted need for a sense of belonging. Susan Carol McDonald SL knew this…

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A life lived for the sake of the other

By Christina Manweller / December 8, 2021 /
A woman cradles a dozing infant in this archival photo.

In May 1973, 28-year-old Susan Carol McDonald SL arrived in Vietnam to work with Rosemary Taylor, an Australian nurse who had been caring for orphans and arranging for their adoptions…

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On the ground as the North Vietnamese army advanced

By Mary Nelle Gage SL / December 7, 2021 /
A young boy sits on the knee of a smiling woman.

Aiding orphans in Vietnam wasn’t new to Ruth Routten CoL, an American Airlines flight attendant who, on her days off, had escorted children from Vietnam to adoptive families starting in…

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