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Loretto Community Statement on U.S. Supreme Court DACA Decision and the Urgent Need for Reform of U.S. Immigration and Asylum Laws

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2020 /

Members of the Loretto Community rejoice in yesterday’s (June 18, 2020) DACA decision from the U.S. Supreme Court because it removes the immediate threat of deportation for 700,000 of our neighbors and friends. We are grateful that the Court’s majority upheld the rule of law, which requires the government to provide a contemporaneous and reasonable…

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Co-member Barbara Wander’s Latest Report on Haiti

By Loretto Community / June 17, 2020 /

Barbara Wander is a Loretto co-member who has been working with the Little Sisters of St. Therese in Haiti for many years. Click here to read the latest issue June 2020 of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the January 2019 issue of Barbara’s Haiti Journal. Click here to read the September 2018 issue…

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Loretto Follows Gospel Call of Service to Others Around the World

By Loretto Community / May 17, 2020 /

“As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.”  John: 17:18 Loretto serves throughout the United States and in Lahore, Pakistan, with partnerships in Ghana and Guatemala. At different points in our history, Loretto’s missions have extended our reach well beyond what we imagined when we first came into being,…

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Loretto Works With People of Diverse Faiths To Serve Others

By Loretto Community / April 27, 2020 /

We cannot live the Gospel without proximity to those who are vulnerable and marginalized.  Pat Farrell OSF, LCWR past president In the midst of all that divides the world, Loretto stands as a testament to the fact that we are all more alike than different. We share the same concerns, dreams and struggles as our…

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Loretto Emphasizes the ‘Passion’ in Compassion

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2020 /

In the word “compassion,” Loretto places the core emphasis on “passion,” where we center our lives and work. We all ask where is God when suffering happens.  No answer comes readily. But we know that the deeper answer involves showing mercy and offering reconciliation, both of which direct our hearts to God. As Loretto, we…

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Money and Justice/Just Money

By Martha Crawley CoL / February 1, 2020 /
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About 20 Loretto Community members and friends met Nov. 9, 2019, with Joel Koerner and Andy Loving from a Louisville, Ky., investment firm called Just Money. We had learned about this socially responsible company from Loretto friends in Kentucky who are their clients. After the 2015 Loretto Assembly decision to divest congregation funds from the…

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Webster University Honors Jane Peckham Stoever with the Loretto Award

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

The Loretto Award recognizes an alum of Webster University who carries on the community service and social values of the Sisters of Loretto, who founded the university in 1915. Jane Peckham Stoever is this year’s Loretto Award winner. Jane was a Sister of Loretto for 10 years. She taught English in Loretto schools and was…

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Loretto Ministry Grants Committee Announces Fall Grants

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

At Assembly 2018, Loretto approved a resolution making “$100,000 … available … in 2019 and again in 2020 and 2021 for access by Loretto Community members, vowed and co, to support their work that furthers Loretto’s mission.”  The Loretto Ministry Grants Committee decided to hold two rounds of applications for these funds in 2019, one…

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Khush Amdeed! Welcome!

By Claudia Calzetta SL / November 1, 2019 /

Khush Amdeed! Welcome! These words spoken by Barbara Nicholas began a meaningful prayer service that welcomed four eager and confident women to Loretto’s first Come and See program — the first Come and See in Loretto’s history. The Executive Committee and Forum members participated in this unique prayer service along with Nasreen Daniel, Maria Daniel,…

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Intentional Community: An Authentic Sign of Hope (Proposal 10)

By Jean East CoL / November 1, 2019 /

By Jean East  A conference in Hudson, N.Y., provided signs of hope through the topic “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” Beth Blissman and I attended the conference this past July. The conference included more than 50 sessions, tours of local communities, community meals, movies and plays. Beth and I attended different sessions that were…

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Mary Swain’s Letter Writing Campaign To Block LG&E’s Natural Gas Pipeline

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2019 /

Last spring Mary Swain received a call for help from an organizer from Cedar Grove in Bullitt County, Ky., north of Nelson and adjoining Jefferson County. The utility company LG&E wants to run a natural gas line through the county, which includes Bernheim Forest. LG&E is using pressure tactics on landowners and has not met…

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Bonjour Delayed

By Mary Louise Denny SL / November 1, 2019 /

1973, Saigon, Vietnam, New Haven Nursery  A newborn, male, was dropped off at New Haven Nursery. Susan Carol McDonald was the director/nurse at New Haven. She logged the baby into the register that she kept, as she did with every child that lived at New Haven. “Name: Frank Antoine. Arrival February 6, 1973. From Allambie (another nursery…

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