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What Would Jesus Do? Loretto Lobbies D.C. on Behalf of Border Refugees

By Loretto Community / July 16, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Mary Ann McGivern SL (Editor’s note: This post originally appeared as an entry on Mary Ann’s NCR blog: View here) I’m in Washington, D.C., on a lobbying trip with the Loretto Community planned six months ago. We identified seven issues, invited members to come along, wrote fact sheets and prayers, and, eight weeks ago,…

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Loretto Reaches Out to ‘Farther Neighbor,’ Helps Serve Mass of Refugees in El Paso

By Loretto Community / July 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

A wing of Nazareth Living Care Center (long known as Nazareth Hall), a nursing home for years to scores of retired Loretto Sisters, has reopened to help serve a mass of refugees who are arriving daily in El Paso from Central America. On July 11, the center received about 70 new guests, reported Elisa Rodriguez…

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Cesar Chavez and Loretto: Seeing the Movie and Living It

By Loretto Community / May 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

Mary Jean Friel and her three grown children, Nathan, Michael and Carolyn, attended the San Diego premier of the movie “Cesar Chavez.” During the time the movie covers, Mary Jean was Cesar’s assistant, answering calls, arranging meetings and dealing with whoever came looking for him. By the end of the movie, Nate was almost 3; Mike was 2 and Carolyn was still nursing.

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Loretto Voices: Femicide in Guatemala

By Loretto Community / October 24, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Alice Kitchen
Interchange Online

Loretto co-member Alice Kitchen traveled to Guatemala in August with the Guatemala Human Rights Commission and offers this reportback. This is part 2 of her report; for more context on this trip, read her first dispatch here.

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Loretto Supports the Arms Trade Treaty

By Loretto Community / October 15, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Eileen Harrington, Loretto Peace Committee
Interchange Online

Did You Know International Trade of Bananas is More Regulated than International Weapons Traffic? That’s why the Loretto Women’s Network, Peace Committee, Guatemala Committee, Latin American and Caribbean Committee, and Loretto at the UN are teaming up to convince the US Senate to ratify the Arms Trade Treaty.

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Still Standing with Farmworkers

By Loretto Community / October 7, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Mary Ann McGivern
Interchange Online

The National Farmworker Ministry (NFM) held a gala to honor Director Virginia Nesmith’s retirement. Loretto co-member Mary Jean Friel chaired the gala committee. Co-member Carolyn Jaramillo, who represents Loretto on the NFM board, chaired the decorations committee. It was a great day and the gala raised over $30,000 for the NFM.

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Guatemalan Women in Resistance

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2013 / 0 Comments

by Alice Kitchen
Interchange Online

On August 3rd, a “Women in Resistance” delegation lead by the Guatemalan Human Rights Commission (GHRC) landed in Guatemala City for an 8 day visit to meet with women leaders. Loretto member Alice Kitchen reports on the experience.

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Loretto and the Pipeline: The Work Continues

By Loretto Community / September 13, 2013 / 0 Comments

Loretto Motherhouse Community members have been concerned about a proposed pipeline carrying highly explosive, toxic byproducts of fracking since we heard about it coming through neighboring counties in June. That concern catapulted us into an energetic response in mid-July when a company representative came to the Motherhouse seeking permission for the pipeline on Loretto property.…

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Loretto and the Pipeline: Organizing Resistance

By Loretto Community / August 20, 2013 / 0 Comments

by Mary Ann McGivern Interchange Online Last February Kentucky residents began to hear about plans to run a gas pipeline from Pennsylvania and Ohio through Kentucky down to the Gulf. The pipeline got a name, The Bluegrass Pipeline. It would carry what used to be waste products from natural gas fracking but now were seen…

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Loretto and the Pipeline: To Care for a Sacred Trust

By Loretto Community / August 20, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Kathy Wright
Interchange Online

The grassroots efforts in Kentucky to stop the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline are growing exponentially. Landowners and concerned citizens have challenged the quiet campaign by the Williams Co to survey property across Kentucky to build a natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline without really telling anyone what this proposed pipeline would carry.

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Kentucky Holy Land Threatened by Bluegrass Pipeline

By Loretto Community / July 24, 2013 / 1 Comment

Loretto Motherhouse Community members have been concerned about a proposed pipeline carrying highly explosive, toxic byproducts of fracking since we heard about it coming through neighboring counties in June. That concern catapulted us into an energetic response in mid-July when a company representative came to the Motherhouse seeking permission for the pipeline on Loretto property.…

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Loretto for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

By Loretto Community / July 2, 2013 / 0 Comments

By Val Novak Interchange Online The Loretto Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LA/CC) encourages Community members to continue to press for support of comprehensive immigration reform. On June 27, the Senate voted to pass an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Fourteen Republicans joined with 68 Democrats to approve Senate Bill 744 on comprehensive immigration reform. At the…

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