Mindful of the call of the universal Church, Loretto extended its Community to Pakistan. Pakistani women entered the Community and continue Loretto’s global mission of service there. Learn more about our Pakistan Mission.

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For the love of Christ, for the love of teaching

By Nasreen Daniel SL / September 22, 2023 /
Photo of two Pakistani middle aged girls wearing colorful clothing, one in green patterns and the other with yellow, red, green and black patterns smiling as they take a break from working on their school work which is displayed on the desk in front of them.

We are called here in Pakistan to stand at the foot of the cross. Nasreen Daniel SL To my bafflement and grief, Sharifan Bibi, who is about 40, entered my…

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Visiting Loretto in Pakistan

By Loretto Community / June 19, 2023 /
A short-haired woman in a blue shall stands holding hands with young school children outside on a sunny day.

Anna Koop SL and Mary Ann McGivern SL recently visited the Loretto Community in Pakistan for seven weeks. Anna and Mary Ann wrote colorful and informative missives to keep the…

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The Stars Continue to Align

By Claudia Calzetta SL / June 1, 2023 /
Woman in an embroidered blouse and glasses smiles brightly while leaning on a suitcase inside.

During the months from January to June 2022, we were all aware that for one young woman from Pakistan, Maribah Ishaq, prayers were being said that “the stars would align”…

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Visiting schools in Pakistan

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / May 1, 2023 /
Six individuals smile in front of a beige and blue monument. It is sunny outside, and the four women are wearing head scarves.

On Feb. 24, Nasreen Daniel, Samina Iqbal, Anna Koop and I drove to Multan, about four hours south of Lahore, to visit the Lasallian Brothers. Brother Shahzad wrote our letter…

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Pakistan: Land of simplicity, hospitality and generosity

By Loretto Community / April 17, 2023 /
Two women in traditional Pakistani tunics hold pigeons and a huge bouquet of gladiolas.

Join us as we learn about the people and diverse culture of the beloved homeland of our sisters in Pakistan as revealed through the eyes of Loretto’s newest novice, Pakistani…

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Posts from Pakistan – 3.23.23

By Loretto Community / March 23, 2023 /
A woman stands, waving, at the gate in an old stone wall as other people walk through it.

Dear Hearts, Today, March 23, is Pakistan Resolution Day, marking the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan. It is a holiday and it is also the first day of…

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Posts from Pakistan – 3.22.2023

By Loretto Community / March 22, 2023 /
Six people gather outside for a photo

Well, here we are with less than a week left in our wonderful stay in Pakistan. I am hoping that this last communication captures for you some of my lasting…

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Posts from Pakistan: 3.9.2023

By Loretto Community / March 9, 2023 /
Two women and two men in Pakistani tunics walk down a dusty brick road.

The days fly by as we now enter the second half of our precious time here. I recently read a reflection of Richard Rohr’s about the “extrovert mystic” and pilgrimage.…

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Posts from Pakistan: 3.8.2023

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2023 /
Two women in traditional Pakistani tunics hold pigeons and a huge bouquet of gladiolas.

Greetings to you all from Pakistan! Richard Rohr wrote the other day that a pilgrimage is a kind of extroverted mysticism. Anna and I like that image. I myself am deluged…

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Anna and Mary Ann off to Pakistan

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2023 /
A diverse group of individuals sitting, standing, and crouching smiling together for a group photo indoors.

On February 10 Anna Koop and Mary Ann McGivern left Louisville, Ky., destined for Lahore, Pakistan. They flew from Louisville to Dallas, to Doha in Qatar, then on to Lahore.…

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Posts from Pakistan: 2.23.2023

By Loretto Community / February 23, 2023 /
A view out the car window at multiple people passing on motorcycles and selling things on the side of the road.

I saw two camels on the street yesterday. I cannot convey the intensity of the traffic — pedestrians, and carts with donkeys and carts with bicycles and carts with motorcycles…

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Weeping with the women of Pakistan

By Nasreen Daniel SL / February 19, 2023 /
A woman dressed and wearing a black headscarf and mask walks down the street in Pakistan.

I took a deep breath and lost all my words. After the woman left I sat stunned and felt my emptiness and inability to help her. Nasreen Daniel SL I…

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