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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.

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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Negotiation of Compacts This Year at United Nations

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

By Mary Louise Pabello Editor’s Note: Mary Louise is a returning Loretto Volunteer now working as NGO U.N. Intern/Loretto Community. The Loretto Community has long supported migrants and refugees in our midst. Here is an update on what has been happening on a global level at the United Nations. In September 2016, the U.N. General…

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LACC — Why Sanctuary, Why Now?

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2018 /

By Maureen Flanigan The Loretto Latin America Caribbean Committee met for a “face-to-face” the first weekend in January with full hearts and a full agenda. The theme of “intention” guided our weekend, pulling us into the urgent work of advocacy for our sisters and brothers threatened by injustice and abuse. We began our three days…

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Loretto Joins with LCWR to Denounce Trump Administration’s Decision to Rescind Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

By Loretto Community / January 11, 2018 /

The Loretto Community joins with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in strongly denouncing the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from…

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Loretto Stands at the Border to Close the School of the Americas

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2017 /

By Paulette Peterson and Mary Ann McGivern Sixteen Loretto Community members, Volunteers and friends joined the Nov. 9 demonstration to advocate for the closing of the School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Loretto has been present at the School of the Americas Watch in Fort Benning, Ga., since…

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#DACA #Here to Stay

By Loretto Community / October 2, 2017 /

                                                John and Lillian Moskeland joined Dayton, Ohio, residents who stood in front of Republican Rep. Mike Turner’s offices Sept. 5 to support Dreamers and the Hope Act. Singers, speakers and League…

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Welcoming the Stranger

By Loretto Community / February 21, 2017 /

Statement of the Loretto Community ‘Welcoming the Stranger’ Feb. 21, 2017 The Sisters and Co-Members of Loretto, a community of faith joined in mission to work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us, call on one another and all persons of goodwill to live the words of Jesus, when he said:…

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