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 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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Catholic Nuns Affirm Support for Transgender Community, Loved and Cherished by God in Open Letter

By Loretto Community / April 4, 2023 /

Posted by Christianity Daily on April 3, 2023 A group of Catholic nuns published a public statement on behalf of thousands of religious women and some partner organizations. The alliance…

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Updates from Loretto at CSW67

By Loretto Community / March 16, 2023 /

Here are two videos of youth voices from the 67th Commission on the Status of Women session (#CSW67). Loretto at the UN was thrilled to welcome students from Loretto schools again in…

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Education in the digital age: “We Love Reading” Intergenerational Dialogue

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2023 /

Join hosts Loretto at the UN, We Love Reading, Daughters of Charity, and Academy of Mt. St. Ursula at the Education in the digital age: “We Love Reading” Intergenerational Dialogue…

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Weeping with the women of Pakistan

By Nasreen Daniel SL / February 19, 2023 /
A woman dressed and wearing a black headscarf and mask walks down the street in Pakistan.

I took a deep breath and lost all my words. After the woman left I sat stunned and felt my emptiness and inability to help her. Nasreen Daniel SL I…

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Loretto at the UN celebrates the 10th annual celebration of the International Day of the Girl

By Beth Blissman CoL / October 12, 2022 /

Loretto at the UN co-sponsored the Girls SpeakOut event held at the U.N. yesterday, and it was truly inspirational. This year, in recognition of the existing and growing gaps in…

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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 24, 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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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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