Immigrants and Refugees

Loretto strongly advocates for the needs of our neighbors and holds a special place in its heart for immigrants, migrants and refugees. We join with the universal Church is seeing the goodness of all people and welcome all with open arms. We tell the story of the immigrant to all who will listen and speak up on behalf of human life. Learn about our Justice and Peace work.

SMA Alumna Reflects on Volunteer Service at El Paso Shelter for Immigrants

By Loretto Community / February 20, 2019 /

By Isabel Forward On the ride home, as I smelled vaguely of vomit, I thought of the many ways these families had suffered  during their time here – so much so, that even accepting relief from this suffering when it’s offered isn’t always possible. The most difficult part of my experience to process was not…

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‘Closet Lady’ Serves Asylum Seekers at Loretto’s Former Nazareth Center in El Paso

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 30, 2018 /

When I read the November announcement from Loretto President Pearl McGivney that there was an urgent need for volunteers in El Paso, Texas, I decided to respond and make myself available. Why not? I was retired, liked to travel and was willing to “do whatever” to help. The specific call was to assist at one…

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Loretto Joins With LCWR in Call for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

By Loretto Community / October 26, 2018 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

Loretto Joins With LCWR in Calling on the U.S. Government To Welcome the Migrant Caravan and To Treat All Those Seeking Asylum Humanely The Sisters of Loretto join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in calling upon the U.S. government to welcome the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. border and to treat…

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Loretto Supports Immigrants, Refugees Through Special Needs Grant Fund

By Martha Alderson CoL / October 1, 2018 /

The needs of immigrants and refugees are dire, especially in this political and social atmosphere. The Loretto Community generously set aside a grant fund of $75,000 to use this year expressly for immigrant and refugee services. The maximum given to each applicant was $5,000. Fifteen groups received money. As of July 22, all of the…

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Loretto Link Co-Sponsors Fundraising Workshop

By Kim Klein CoL / October 1, 2018 /

Aug. 18 temperatures outside would hit 100 degrees, but inside the YWCA of Tucson, Ariz., 65 people stayed cool as they learned the basics of grassroots fundraising to enable them to expand critical work on various immigration issues. Tucson is at the forefront of a lot of immigration work, but not at the forefront of…

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Counseling for the Undocumented

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 /

By Mary Lou Pierron Several years ago I was asked to perform psychological evaluations of two elementary school-aged children whose undocumented mother was in danger of being deported back to Brazil, where she hadn’t lived for 15 years, had no family and where she would have no means of supporting her family or of getting…

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Loretto Joins LCWR in Call for Protection of Immigrants

By Loretto Community / September 27, 2018 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

Loretto Joins with LCWR in Urging All to Call for Protection of Immigrants, Register Objections to ‘Mean-spirited’ U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Proposed Changes to Public Charge Regulation The Sisters of Loretto join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in urging “all people of faith to call for protection of immigrants, especially those most…

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Loretto Joins Thousands in Call to Keep Families Together

By Loretto Community / July 2, 2018 /

Loretto joined with thousands across the country this past weekend in support of keeping families together. Loretto members and friends took part in rallies and protests in Denver, Louisville, Ky., Madison, Wis., Richmond, Calif., and St. Louis. . (Thank you to Mallory Daily, Eileen Harrington, Roberta Hudlow, Carolyn Jaramillo, Pat McCormick and Mary Helen Sandoval…

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Loretto Stands with Immigrants

By Loretto Community / June 26, 2018 /

Loretto marched in El Paso and St. Louis to honor immigrants and refugees on June 20, World Refugee Day. Maureen Fiedler wrote in a National Catholic Reporter blog on June 22, “We may be a nation of immigrants, but we have often not been a nation welcoming immigrants.” Read more. Loretto stands with immigrants. We…

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Loretto Community Calls on Congress to Halt Separation of Migrant Children from Parents

By Loretto Community / June 15, 2018 /

The Loretto Community, which includes the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto Co-members, today joined people of conscience and faith everywhere in denouncing the U.S. government policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Loretto President Sister Pearl McGivney said, “I and many in the Loretto Community have spent our lives…

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A Trip to the Desert: Learning To Serve and Welcome the Stranger

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2018 /

By Rosa Lizarde Every border trip is different, and the one this past May to Nogales, Ariz., and Mexico with the Minneapolis-based St. Joan of Arc Church was truly unique. Each border trip offers the opportunity to extend financial support and supplies to migrants. Equally as significant, they offer the participant an unfiltered view of…

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Loretto Co-members Lead Group on Border Journey

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2018 /

By Amanda Koehler Schutz Editor’s Note: Amanda Koehler Schutz is a friend of Loretto in Minneapolis. Just days before our “Welcome the Stranger” delegation departed for our U.S./Mexico border trip, Simone Campbell challenged us while speaking to our church, St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis. Simone asked us to learn from each other and share…

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