Midweek Mission Messages

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Living Laudato Si’ – daily!

By Loretto Community / July 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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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Review

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / June 26, 2024 /
A Sadakao statue: a young girl with a pony tail holding up a book with a bird emerging from the open book, and a plain white wall background.

The Loretto Peace Committee decided last August to promote Eleanor Coerr’s historical novel for children about an 11-year-old named Sadako. Sadako [Sa da’ ko] is a healthy girl, a runner on the middle school track team,…

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Immigration, Borders and the Way We See and Experience Them

By Jean East CoL / June 19, 2024 /
Colorful Loretto Community banner shows a silhouetted family holding hands with the words "Danger?" above. A Gospel quote follows: "I was a stranger and you took me in," Matthew 25:35.

Is the reality of people crossing our southern border with Mexico the snapshots you see on the news at least two or three times a week? Isn’t crossing borders a…

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The Urgent Fight to Save Sacred Land

By Christina Manweller / June 12, 2024 /
A young indigenous girl with big glasses, long dark hair and a necklace with a shell on it stands powerfully holding a sign that says "Holy Holy Holy Holy Protect Oak Flat."

The San Carlos Apache tribe in Arizona is still trying to save the holy land at Chi’chil Biłdagoteel, or Oak Flat, from destruction. Our April 3 MMM included an Action Alert…

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Commemorating a Banner Year: 200 Years at the Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / June 5, 2024 /
A green poster that says "Seeking Home: commemorating 200 years of the Sisters of Loretto at Loretto Motherhouse June 27, 2024"

In 1824, the Loretto sisters and early community were uprooted from Little Loretto, land they had occupied since 1812. The bishop had asked them to move so that a group…

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Let’s celebrate Loretto’s newest Co-members!

By Loretto Community / May 29, 2024 /
A man on the left, and a woman on the right sitting together at a table, with a woman leaning down in between them to smile for a picture together. They are outdoors in front of greenery and spruce trees with other tables and people behind them.

Christina Garcia CoL was accepted as a co-member on March 21, 2023. She and her husband and two daughters live in Denver where she is a teacher at St. Mary’s…

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News from New Mexico, the Atomic State

By Allison Lemons CoL / May 22, 2024 /
Lorettos for Disarmament Banner

Between 1956 and 1972, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) periodically flushed water containing chromium down Sandia Canyon. In 2005 a toxic plume of hexavalent chromium was discovered in ground water under LANL property. Fifty years later, those responsible…

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Dialogues with Diplomats: Loretto at #CSW68

By Beth Blissman CoL / May 15, 2024 /
A group of high school students are pictured with an Irish diplomat at a coffee shop in New York during the 68th Commission on the Status of Women.

The results from our 28-member in-person Loretto/BVM Delegation to the 68th gathering of the United Nations (U.N.) Commission on the Status of Women (#CSW68) are in. It was another transformative…

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2024 Teacher Immersion at Loretto Motherhouse

By Regina Drey SL / May 1, 2024 /
Three women smiling for a photo. One woman stands behind an older woman in a wheelchair and another woman sits at the communal table.

The annual Teacher Immersion at Loretto Motherhouse was a journey into what it means to be a teacher in the Loretto tradition for 12 teachers (from Loretto Academy, Nerinx Hall…

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Waste, Fraud and Deceit – Tax Dollars at Work

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / April 24, 2024 /

The F-35 fighter plane seemed like a great idea at its inception. The Air Force had its own plane, the F-15 which was agile (could fly straight up for a…

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Loretto Justice Fellows’ Spring Retreat

By Annie Rosenkranz / April 17, 2024 /
Eight woman stand in a group photo smiling in casual clothing in front of a sign that says "Kelly Center for Hunger Relief"

Recently the Loretto Justice Fellows gathered for spring retreat, spending the morning serving with Kelly Center for Hunger Relief, sharing lunch with Loretto Community members and spending the afternoon in reflection in nature.…

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Local Kentucky Family Gets Water

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / April 10, 2024 /
An older woman with white hair stands in the doorway of a shed holding a broom looking at the camera.

Judy Popp, who lives at the Motherhouse, started working with a local dad and his daughters, 11 and 14, last September to get them water. They live in a trailer…

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