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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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By Loretto Community / November 6, 2019 /

LOCATION – DENVER, CO or ST. LOUIS, MO The Loretto Volunteer Program is hiring a new Program Director. The Loretto Volunteer Program carries Loretto values into a new generation by pairing young adult volunteers with direct service and advocacy organizations for a formative year of service and communal living. The Volunteer Program Director oversees all…

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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / November 5, 2019 /

Loretto Magazine – Fall 2019 Volunteer House opens in Denver For the second year in a row, Loretto has opened a new Volunteer House. One year after the founding of El Paso’s house, Denver’s new home opened in August. Three volunteers will spend a year in service: Reilly Love Rebhahn works at Escuela de Guadalupe,…

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Loretto Volunteer Application Season Opens

By Mallory Daily / November 1, 2019 /

The Loretto Volunteer applications for the 2020-21 service year can be found online. Volunteer applications are accepted after mid-December with a priority deadline of Jan. 13, 2020. The program can support up to 17 Volunteers next year in Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Denver, El Paso and New York. Help us recruit our future LoVos! Do…

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Loretto Showers Volunteers with Necessities, Creative Gifts

By Claudia Calzetta SL / October 1, 2019 /

If you walked into any of the Loretto Volunteer gatherings in St. Louis, Denver or El Paso on Aug. 18 for the annual shower, you would have felt palpable energy, heard cheerful and sustained laughter and seen myriad wrapped multi-colored boxes and even some uniquely wrapped ecological gifts from the Denver Community. Showers: Community-building events…

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Erica Stewart Joins the Volunteer Coordinator Team

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2019 /

Meet Erica Stewart, our new Assistant Loretto Volunteer Coordinator in Denver! Erica’s pronouns are she/her. She recently moved to Colorado and is thrilled to start a new adventure accompanying Loretto Volunteers at the new Denver site. Erica has worked for the past four years at her alma mater, Stonehill College, in Massachusetts, directing its Community Engagement…

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Hope for the future: Loretto Volunteers at the UN

By Beth Blissman CoL / August 27, 2019 /

Since being invited to represent the Loretto Community at the United Nations 2 1/2 years ago, I have had the chance to work with numerous young people and my hope for the future lies with them… For example, our 2019 summer interns Anna and Gracie have both put their heart and soul into representing Loretto…

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A grateful heart

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

“I’ve been given so much. Whatever I am able to return, I am grateful for the opportunity to do it.” Mary Margaret Murphy SL, Loretto’s new Vice President, laughs as she recalls some of her Machebeuf High School friends talking about entering religious life. Back then, her retort was “Thank you, God. That’s not for…

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A Reflection on Opening Up

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 /

By Melissa Feito, a second-year Loretto Volunteer During opening retreat at the Loretto Motherhouse last August, Loretto Volunteers received this advice: “Seek communities outside of your home community.” It might sound a little pessimistic at first. Aren’t our Loretto communities supposed to be a place where we feel welcomed, supported and loved? As a second-year…

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Meet Keithlee Spangler: Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, Washington, D.C.

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 /

The Loretto Volunteer Program recently hired an assistant Volunteer coordinator in Washington, D.C. Meet Keithlee Spangler! Keithlee (pronouns: they/them/theirs) grew up in St. Louis but has settled in the D.C. area to live in intentional community. After living in four different cities in three years, they relocated to D.C. to work as an advocate on…

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Reconnecting, Recommitting

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2018 /

By Jes Stevens It’s been four years since I was a Loretto Volunteer. Four years! Some days it feels like my time working in Washington, D.C., as a Volunteer was so long ago. And other days, it seems like it was just yesterday that I was living in intentional community in Junia House. Over these…

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Loretto Volunteers Arrive in El Paso!

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 /

By Mallory Daily and Mary Margaret Murphy A neon poster “Welcome Loretto Volunteers” greeted Sawyer Hill, Amy Maltz, Isabel Ngo, Marissa Nuñez and Amelie Rode on their arrival at the El Paso airport. They came directly from the Loretto Motherhouse where they participated in an orientation program with Loretto Volunteers headed to St. Louis and…

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Many Meanings of Friendship

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 /

By Susan Nichols, former Loretto Volunteer Those who surround the Community know that Loretto houses are filled with furniture, knickknacks and art passed around the sisters and co-members. Our Volunteer House, Tobin House in Maplewood, Mo., held more than a few of these, but it was a simply framed photo of the house’s namesake Mary…

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