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Justice and Peace

Grounded in our roots and enlightened by the Gospel, “we work for a future in which the poor and suffering, the hungry in body and spirit, will know God’s saving presence in them.” Learn more about our Justice and Peace work.

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Lenten Peace Prayer public event

By Loretto Community / February 27, 2024 /
Colorful banner of a peace dove over flames with text "We work for justice and act for peace", "The Loretto Community"

THE LORETTO COMMUNITY, SISTERS AND CO-MEMBERS, IS INVITING ANYONE CONCERNED ABOUT VIOLENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO: A public Lenten prayer service for peace in the region and for Palestinians…

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Immigration justice

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2024 /
A black and white photo of somebody in a hoodie, shorts and sneakers back to the camera, putting their hands on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked…

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Boycotts – Shopping for Justice

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / February 14, 2024 /
a colorful banner that features an indigenous symbol in the middle with the words "Solidaridad" and "The Loretto Community" underneath it.

In the same way that boycotting grapes and lettuce in the 1970s was part of a larger campaign to support unionizing farmworkers, here are some boycotts today that have big…

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Catholic Sisters organize Lenten fast for an end to gun violence

By Loretto Community / February 14, 2024 /

Published by Global Sisters Report, February 2024 This Lent, supporters of Nuns Against Gun Violence have pledged to fast for an end to gun violence. To date, more than 175…

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Rediscovering Vada Lee Easter and the movement to desegregate Webster

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2024 /

Published on the Webster University News site on February 1, 2024 Saint Louis University (SLU) has long been credited as the first university in Missouri to desegregate. According to history…

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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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Loretto Joins Mennonite Peace Action

By Loretto Community / January 24, 2024 /
A woman in a heavy black jacket and wool gloves stands in a crowd with snow on the ground holding a red banner that says "violence has never defeated violence"

Co-members Susan Classen and JoAnn Gates represented Loretto at a Mennonite-led peace action for Gaza in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16. They were among about 200 people who gathered for a…

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Bound for the Promised Land: Loretto Roots and Enslavement

By Annie Stevens CoL / January 24, 2024 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

For the first five decades of its existence in the antebellum South, the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross, as an early American religious congregation, participated in…

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Monday Starter: Loretto sisters call for peace in Middle East

By Loretto Community / January 22, 2024 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on January 22, 2024 The Loretto Community has joined the ever-growing chorus of voices calling for peace in the Middle East.  “Loretto grieves the…

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Loretto and its Sister Communities support spirituality of peace, global interconnectedness

By Loretto Community / January 15, 2024 /
Strobridge art with colorful quote

Throughout the years, Loretto has honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of non-violence. Our members have celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day in various parts of the country where…

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Loretto urgently calls for end to Middle East war

By Loretto Community / January 11, 2024 /
Colorful artwork with the text "We work for justice and act for peace." Art by Bob Strobridge.

Loretto grieves the deaths in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. Tens of thousands of people have been killed, mostly women and children. All their homes in Gaza are gone.…

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NCR’s Newsmaker of 2023: Jeannine Gramick, tireless advocate for LGBTQ Catholics

By Loretto Community / December 15, 2023 /

Originally published by National Catholic Reporter on December 14, 2023 [O]ver the past five decades of American Catholic experience, perhaps no single person has had the kind of impact for…

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