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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 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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Educating Girls for Life at Marian Middle School in St. Louis

By Barbara Roche SL / September 22, 2023 /
Marian Middle School students (wearing dark blue uniforms) spend time with graduates (wearing their current high school uniforms).

Coming to Marian as a student, you learn that it’s an investment in yourself. Marian extends their love to you in middle school, high school, college and even beyond. Marian…

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Mary Luke Tobin Award 2023

By Christina Manweller / September 22, 2023 /
Photo of a young white woman with blonde/brown hair smiling.

The senior recipients, in their years at Holy Family, have consistently echoed the cry of the poorest of our society for dignity and labored in their own way for justice…

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For the love of Christ, for the love of teaching

By Nasreen Daniel SL / September 22, 2023 /
Photo of two Pakistani middle aged girls wearing colorful clothing, one in green patterns and the other with yellow, red, green and black patterns smiling as they take a break from working on their school work which is displayed on the desk in front of them.

We are called here in Pakistan to stand at the foot of the cross. Nasreen Daniel SL To my bafflement and grief, Sharifan Bibi, who is about 40, entered my…

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Loretto at the UN takes part in Water Rituals at 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions

By Beth Blissman CoL / August 30, 2023 /

There were so many fabulous aspects of the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions (#2023PoWR), in which Loretto at the UN took part. To share one highlight, below is a brief…

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Loretto joins with nearly 30 women religious congregations to affirm, honor transgender community

By Loretto Community / May 4, 2023 /

Loretto President Barbara Nicholas, on behalf of the Sisters of Loretto/Loretto Community, signed the statement below, which was released on March 31, 2023, Transgender Day of Visibility.  Loretto was one…

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