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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Keeping hope alive in Pakistan

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2024 /
Three women smiling together for a picture with others distracted behind them. They are outdoors on a sunny day, and two of the women are holding bowls of clay on their heads.

By Nasreen Daniel and Maribah Nasreen writes: Pakistan has 2.3 million people, or around one percent of the population, working in conditions it labels modern slavery. The most common form…

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Our move to a new house: A journey of hope and joy

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2024 /
A woman taking a selfie, she has dark brown long hair pulled back in a ponytail and she is wearing a black and floral patterned blouse.

By Maribah Moving to a new house, even when it is just a rental house, is more than just a change of physical location — it is a transformation of…

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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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A summer of flooding in Lahore

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2023 /
A flooded street and garage where the van tires are submerged in murky brown flowing water.

The monsoons have been unusually fierce this summer in Lahore, Pakistan, and the area where our sisters live has experienced frequent flooding.

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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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We are church: in dialogue with culture, religion, and the poor

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / April 1, 2023 /
Two women each wearing the dupattā smiling with the priest for a picture.

On Ash Wednesday, Father Morris Jalal, OFM Cap, the pastor of our parish, St. Columban, said Mass for us and the children. Father Morris is a native of Lahore. He…

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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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