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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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Investing in future leaders: The Loretto/BVM Delegation to #CSW68

By Loretto Community / April 29, 2024 /
A diverse group of young women gathers with Irish Ambassador Lisa Carty and Loretto at the UN representative Beth Blissman for a photo.

For Loretto, attending the 68th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) was an invaluable opportunity to explore pathways to a better world. At a time when women and…

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging – a Loretto legacy

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2024 /
Diorama of early Loretto sisters teaching

These are the first rules that St. Mary’s Academy was founded on. … “No denomination is refused if willing to observe the rules of the school.” Which means that 160…

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CSW68 Parallel Event – Action Across Generations for Empowering Girls through Education

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2024 /
A large group of teenagers pose for a photo in a school gym.

Join Loretto at the UN and the Loretto Feminist Network (LFN) for some excellent intergenerational and inter-religious conversation at their CSW parallel event 2:30-4 pm ET on Friday, March 15,…

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CSW68 Parallel Event – Access to Education for Girls: Addressing SRHR Challenges in Tanzania and Beyond

By Loretto Community / March 13, 2024 /
A large group of teenagers pose for a photo in a school gym.

In conjunction with CSW68, Loretto/BVM at the UN will co-sponsor an event with the Kila Dada Initiative (KDI) at 8:30am, March 14, 2024 (language is English). The event addresses solutions…

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Immigration Spotlight: Life at the border – Asylum seekers and migrant women at Mexico/US border

By Loretto Community / March 12, 2024 /

Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) of the Loretto Community invite you to an NGO CSW Forum virtual Parallel Event on the occasion of the 68th Commission on the Status of Women When: …

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Loretto at the UN says “Save the Date for #CSW68”

By Loretto Community / February 27, 2024 /

Loretto at the UN has been preparing for the upcoming U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68)!  CSW68 will take place 11-22 March 2024 and the themes are poverty…

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Loretto involvement in Louisville’s West End

By Martha Alderson CoL / February 1, 2024 /
8 women standing above, smiling, and looking down at a camera facing the sky underneath a big tree.

On a rainy Saturday in October, a small group of Loretto members headed to Louisville for a meeting with members of the West End Louisville Women’s Collaborative. There was no…

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‘What about the girls?’: Marian Middle School is Loretto’s answer

By Loretto Community / January 29, 2024 /
The quote "What about the girls?" is displayed above Marian Middle School sports and school uniforms and a graduation gown.

The question that began the project that is now called Marian Middle School was asked by Loretto Sister Nancy Wittwer, “What about the girls?” The answer to that question is…

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Loretto Honors Women of Spirit, Courage and Action

By Loretto Community / December 11, 2023 /
Section of Book Cover reads the title in red "Women of Spirit, Courage and Action"

The Loretto Feminist Network is a voluntary association of feminists in the larger Loretto Community. LFN is committed to act for the empowerment of women and all people. Network members…

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Spotlight on Loretto wisdom women

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and wire glasses smiling brightly for a headshot picture wearing a black blouse and salmon pink blazer in front of a plain dark brown wall.

Editor’s note: We have been featuring interviews of Loretto Community elders. We are grateful to these wise women and to Joy Jensen for sharing wonderful snapshots of our beloved Community…

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Spotlight on Loretto wisdom women

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2023 /
A woman with short, dark grey hair, and big, dark-framed glasses smiling for a headshot picture wearing a black cardigan and a dark grey, patterned blouse.

Editor’s note: We are featuring interviews of Loretto Community elders. We are grateful to these wise women and to Joy Jensen for sharing wonderful snapshots of our beloved Community members.…

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Loretto education since 1812: A tradition of excellence

By Loretto Community / September 22, 2023 /
An old sepia toned photo of students studying in a library in front tall bookshelves.

By Carolyn Dunbar, Loretto Magazine editor, 2008-2018, originally published in summer 2010 History relates that at Hardin’s Creek in Kentucky in early 1812, 30-year-old Mary Rhodes began teaching her brother’s…

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