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For 40 years, Loretto Volunteers have joined the Community in communal service to people in need. They have served in such areas as education, health clinics, homelessness and immigration. Learn more about Loretto volunteers.

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Loretto Volunteer’s heart is with those who suffer

By Annie Rosenkranz / February 21, 2021 /
A young woman in a mask sits at her desk in front of a laptop.

There is no justice to be found within the current system. It doesn’t give offenders a chance to excel once they exit the criminal justice system, and our country’s inadequate mental healthcare system doesn’t offer support to victims of violence. Hayley Morgan, Loretto Volunteer, El Paso, Texas Hayley Morgan, below, Loretto Volunteer, serves in El…

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Catholic women pursue pro-life values at the border

By Loretto Community / February 18, 2021 /

Published by the National Catholic Reporter February 18, 2021 While most young adults look to the entertainment industry for models to emulate, 23-year-old Elyse McMahon turns to a more idyllic model: the Beatitudes. Gleaned from 16 years of Catholic education, she calls the Beatitudes her “guiding principles to live by.” They form her decisions and…

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The gift of small works in the face of big issues

By Loretto Community / November 23, 2020 /

Published by the Global Sisters Report on Nov 18, 2020 Denver — It begins with a box. During our first few days together as a house, my fellow Denver Loretto Volunteers and I put on our best gardening gear and embarked on a yard cleanup day. It was midmorning in late August, and the sun…

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Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services receives $50k+ via two grants

By Loretto Community / November 16, 2020 /

Published by the El Paso Herald-Post on Nov 13, 2020 Friday morning, officials with the Diocesan Migrant and Refugee Services, Inc. (DMRS) announced that the organization had received two grants to help them in their mission to assist migrants in the area. The first, from the El Paso Bar Foundation was a grant of $3,700;…

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Loretto Volunteer walks in Jossy Eyre’s footsteps at Women’s Bean Project

By Annie Rosenkranz / November 6, 2020 /

I love the idea that as a single individual I can help make an impactin the lives of others, especially through an empowering non-profit like WBP. Madeline Beulieau, Loretto Volunteer Madeline Beulieau, pictured at left, is the first Loretto Volunteer serving at Women’s Bean Project (WBP). Madeline grew up in Vestal, N.Y., and attended Canisius…

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Stepping into LoVo’s directorship with a full heart

By Loretto Community / November 6, 2020 /

“2020 is a turbulent time to enter a new role, particularly one centered in working for justice and acting for peace. And yet, I feel a sense of grace in the opportunity to rise to the challenges of this time, both in my life and in my work with Loretto.” “Turbulent times are opportunities for…

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Loretto Volunteer Program Welcomes 2020/2021 Volunteers!

By Loretto Community / August 11, 2020 /

Loretto Volunteers are an extension of the mission and spirit of the Loretto Community. Our Volunteers’ experience is rooted in the creative spirituality of the Loretto Community, centering on earth care, activism and justice work as deeply spiritual pursuits. Volunteers serve for a year at social justice organizations while living in intentional community with other…

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Loretto Volunteer Becca Krasky devotes herself to living in community

By Mallory Daily / June 12, 2020 /

Having Becca Krasky at Angelica Village is a blessing. She is kind, engaging, brings new ideas and will help wherever needed. It is great to have the perspective of a young social justice advocate. Her wisdom brings us hope.  Jean East CoL Photos by Amy Van Der Kamp  I’ve been learning a lot about intersectionality and…

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Building Bridges at the Border: Working for Justice, Acting for Peace.

By Loretto Community / April 29, 2020 /

The members of Loretto’s Latin America/Caribbean Committee (LACC) are pleased to share an edited recording and concept note of the LACC event, “Building Bridges at the Border: Working for Justice, Acting for Peace.” This event was organized with the Loretto at the UN office, Loretto volunteers and their partner, the Feminist Task Force. It was…

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Social Justice While Social Distancing

By Loretto Community / April 20, 2020 /

Published on the Catholic Volunteer Network website – April 20, 2020. Written by Gabriele Eissner, a current Loretto Volunteer. We are living in an unprecedented time. This moment implores us to recognize our common humanity. Now more than ever, we are able to see that the health of the most vulnerable among us determines the…

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Unchanging community resistance amid the COVID-19 crisis

By Loretto Community / April 15, 2020 /

Published in the Global Sisters Report – April 15, 2020. Written by current Loretto Volunteer Celine Reinoso about her and her housemates’ experience volunteering in El Paso during the coronavirus outbreak. El Paso, Texas — As El Paso goes into week four of self-isolation and community quarantine, it’s hard not to notice the mood change…

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Be A Loretto Volunteer!

By Loretto Community / February 2, 2020 /
Three Loretto Volunteers standing with arms around each others' shoulders

Loretto Volunteers extend the Loretto Community’s outreach to those most in need through their service at immigrant and refugee advocacy organizations, health clinics, shelters for folks experiencing homelessness, food pantries, Loretto schools and many more sites. While serving for one-year terms, volunteers live in community with each other and receive a subsistence stipend that covers…

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