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Faith

“We profess unshakable reliance upon God and human reliance upon one another.” Sometimes together, sometimes alone we speak to our God, who hears our needs and responds in love. Learn about the Faith and Spirituality of Loretto members.

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Prayers for our nation

By Loretto Community / January 19, 2021 /

You are invited to join Loretto Community members, Loretto Link members, Loretto Volunteers, and our larger Loretto Community in praying for our nation; racial, immigration, and environmental justice; and our nation’s new leaders.  We will gather for 30 minutes on Zoom Tuesday, January 19th, at 6:15 p.m. EST. To request an invitation, please fill out…

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Our Journey of Peace

By Loretto Community / January 18, 2021 /

“Because of our God’s deep compassion, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who are sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide us on the path of peace.”           Luke 1:78-79 The theme of peace points to the core of the…

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Praying in the New Year for Our World and All Peoples

By Loretto Community / January 10, 2021 /

Out of darkness the light of Christ will shine,As the dawn of day breaks through the night.Then the poor and oppressed will cry out and be heardBy the light that rises from the night.” Refrain from “Out of Darkness,” music and lyrics by Tom Kendzia. Printed with licensed permission Our existence on earth gives us…

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Loretto’s New Year Wishes and Resolutions

By Loretto Community / December 28, 2020 /

“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matt.6:21) “Drawing on our rich heritage and desiring to carry it forward into the future, we dedicate ourselves to Jesus Christ in his unique person and to the new creation for which he died and rose.”      “I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, #12 Making any…

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Loretto Responds ‘Yes’ to God’s Invitation in Keeping with Mary’s Example

By Loretto Community / December 7, 2020 /

The title “Friends of Mary” is an apt one for this season of Advent. The Virgin Mary is for Loretto a central figure in the Advent story. Mary’s “yes” to God’s invitation to be the mother of Jesus inspires Loretto in our heritage as Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross. Her life…

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Season of Advent Leads All to the Christ Child, Our Long-Awaited Messiah

By Loretto Community / November 30, 2020 /

Creating an Advent wreath is an act of Advent hope. It starts small, but quickly overtakes us: a light in the darkness, a transformative cry for hope in our world and finally a child to be born. Enter that place in you called Advent. For it is a time of waiting. It comes gradually, it…

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On Grief: Resources from the Loretto Community Outreach Committee

By Sally Maresh CoL / November 4, 2020 /

When we take time to honor our hearts,            may we remember that we have            deep within us all that we need            to deal with what life brings us.“What gets us past simple coping and survival,            Is the presence of those who care—            a healing community.” J. Schneider This year has been full of challenges with…

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Loretto Honors All Saints and All Souls

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2020 /

“I Am the Way,” Loretto’s Constitutions, tells us that the same Spirit who inspired and guided our founders gathers us in community today. We walk with all those “Friends of Mary” who for two centuries have followed them in a life of praise, prayer and service.  Gain souls, draw souls, court souls, shelter souls. prayer…

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Loretto Shares Ecological Lenten Guide Focusing on Our Relationship, Responsibility to Earth

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2020 /
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We would like to share with you the “Lenten Reflection Guide 2020: A Journey Toward Ecological Conversion.” This Lenten resource was created by the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns. It may be used individually or in small groups, providing opportunities for reflection, prayer and the renewal of your spirit as you face the challenging realities…

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Your Presence Gives Me Untold Joy

By Claudia Calzetta SL / February 1, 2020 /

When I sat down to write this article, I just couldn’t decide how to begin. There are so many “themes” that can be expanded about Roberta’s latest experience with jaw cancer. Shall I talk about the courage she exhibited before the surgery and then after? Or maybe speak about her upbeat and positive spirit, her…

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7,600 collective years of Loretto service to the people of God

By Marlene Spero SL / November 5, 2019 /

As of the end of 2019, the vowed Sisters of Loretto currently living have collectively served in various ministries to the People of God for over 7,600 years. Sisters take first vows in Loretto after a preparation period where they formalize their desire to enter more deeply into consecrated religious life. This formal entry is…

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Khush Amdeed! Welcome!

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 1, 2019 /

Khush Amdeed! Welcome! These words spoken by Barbara Nicholas began a meaningful prayer service that welcomed four eager and confident women to Loretto’s first Come and See program — the first Come and See in Loretto’s history. The Executive Committee and Forum members participated in this unique prayer service along with Nasreen Daniel, Maria Daniel,…

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