Midweek Mission Messages

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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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Living Laudato Si’ – daily!

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2024 /
Graphic representing the 7 goals of Laudato Si'

The Loretto Community is committed to participating in the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, and many of the Loretto schools have done the same. Liz Deines SL, acting campus minister at…

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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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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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A Fallow Time Reflection

By Susan Classen CoL / January 10, 2024 /
A red chair with a colorful quilt on top sits centered in the room of a small wood cabin.

By Susan Classen CoL and JoAnn Gates CoL Fallow time. Wintering. Call it what you will, only one out of every 10 living in the U.S. call the winter months…

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History of the Loretto Hunger Fund

By Loretto Community / December 20, 2023 /
A photo of an old publication that shows the words "stop hunger fund" next to a photo of a hand putting seeds into another hand

By Barbara Hagan The Loretto Hunger Fund is able to grant funding to various groups that reach into the community to feed those who are less fortunate. These agencies serve the homeless,…

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Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund Recipients

By Loretto Community / December 13, 2023 /
One woman in a pink shirt stands with four young people holding garden equipment standing next to a tree they planted in their garden.

The Loretto Carbon Reduction Fund was established in honor of Loretto Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius, who throughout her years as Motherhouse service coordinator planted countless trees, bushes and flowers at Loretto Motherhouse.…

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Loretto at the UN represents at the United Nations Climate Talks

By Loretto Community / December 8, 2023 /

The United Nations Climate Talks (COP28) are taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 12 in Dubai City, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Loretto at the UN has coordinated a virtual…

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Loretto Link Looks to a Vibrant Future

By Kim Klein CoL / November 29, 2023 /
Eleven woman stand in staggered rows on a staircase smiling for a group photo

Loretto Link is five years old! The organization was created to help carry on the mission and spirit of Loretto, and we incorporated as a nonprofit in 2018. Our members are steeped…

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Loretto/BVM at the UN Supports the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Beth Blissman CoL / November 15, 2023 /
Two women smiling in front of a banner with the world on it that says "End the Era of Coal, Oil and Gas. Fast. Fair. Forever."

The Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation treaty (FFNPT) is a proposal for a new international mechanism to complement the Paris Climate Agreement and address the root cause of the climate crisis: fossil fuels. This…

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Nov. 11 – Celebrate Armistice Day as Peace Day

By Carolyn Jaramillo CoL / November 8, 2023 /
A colorful peace poll stands in the middle of a grassy area while people gather behind it on the pavement.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, World War I came to an end 105 years ago. On that day in 1918, people celebrated the…

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Nuns Against Gun Violence Call to Action

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2023 /
Large sculpture of a gun with the barrel tied in a knot, it is placed behind many flags of the world.

We stand Full of sorrow, full of tears Full of fears, Twisting in the wind, reeling in horror; We stand with mourners; We stand with first responders; We stand against…

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