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Women

Empowerment of women has been a hallmark of Loretto since its inception. We strive to educate Loretto students and others in this value. It comes out of our devotion and admiration to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, who stood at the foot of the Cross as a woman of faith and courage. Learn about the Mary Rhodes Award, which recognizes women working for justice, especially for other women.

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Book Review: Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn…

By Jean East CoL / November 5, 2020 /

By Becca Krasky, Loretto Volunteer and Jean East, Co-member, an intergenerational conversation In the height of the Me Too movement, many women wrote about their experiences. One was Amber Tamblyn who is an actress. Her book, Era of Ignition was published in 2019. The book is a personal exploration of sexual bias and feminism in…

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Loretto co-member Jossy Eyre, founder of Women’s Bean Project, was a trailblazer

By Loretto Community / October 29, 2020 /

Editor’s Note: Jossy Eyre died on April 20, 2020. Her legacy lives on as WBP continues its work with vulnerable women. Remembrance written by Tamra Ryan, CEO, Women’s Bean Project.  Jossy Eyre founded Women’s Bean Project (WBP) in 1989 as a result of her volunteer work at a day shelter for homeless women. Jossy saw…

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Loretto Supports U.N. Endeavors Raising Up Women and Children

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2020 /

Loretto continues its longtime tradition of involvement in advancing the rights of women and girls through its work at the United Nations. This week Loretto at the UN was to have hosted a delegation of more than 40 participants who were to take part in the 64th annual U.N. Commission on the Status of Women…

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“Shahnaz changed after her husband’s death…”

By Nasreen Daniel SL / February 28, 2020 /

Daim is in class four in our school in Lahore. He is 13 years old but his height is only two-and-a-half feet. His parents were getting medicine for him for his height but last year his father died of a sudden heart attack. His mother is illiterate and there is no source of income for…

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Women of the Church Conference Evokes Tears, Affirmation and Encouragement

By Loretto Community / December 2, 2019 /

We attended the Women of the Church Conference, which took place Oct. 18-20 at St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind. It was a full weekend with liturgy, keynote speakers, a panel, 13 breakout sessions and Saturday evening Mass, banquet and concert. There were 150 participants, including young women and men who know the Church…

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The United Nations Works for Girls’ Rights

By Beth Blissman CoL / September 1, 2019 /

The United Nations works through commissions, members of countries’ delegations, that join together on specific issues. For example, the Loretto Community is concerned with girls’ rights and women’s liberation, so we host a delegation each year to the annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in March. This particular commission…

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In Pakistan, Solar Is Life-Giving

By Samina Iqbal SL / July 1, 2019 /

Life in Pakistan is not easy for women. The majority of Pakistan’s women belong to the working class as agricultural laborers, factory workers, domestic servants and governesses.  They are part of the lower and middle class, which includes students, teachers and nurses. In the middle classes women are becoming doctors, engineers, computer programmers, etc. Women…

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Exploring Gender Justice: From #MeToo to #WeToo

By Beth Blissman CoL / June 10, 2019 /

At the recent U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (March 2019), Loretto at the UN co-sponsored a parallel event entitled “Breakthrough in Transforming Patriarchy: The Promise of Gender Equity and Reconciliation.” We co-sponsored this event with an organization that I had encountered at the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto called Gender…

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From Loretto at UN: International Women’s Day 2019

By Beth Blissman CoL / April 1, 2019 /

In March as we celebrated Women’s Month, the United Nations recognized International Women’s Day on March 8, with the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.” This theme was chosen to echo the primary focus of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) taking place March 11-22. The day’s celebrations centered…

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Loretto Joins With LCWR in Call for the Welcome and Humane Treatment of Arriving Migrants

By Loretto Community / October 26, 2018 /

Loretto Joins With LCWR in Calling on the U.S. Government To Welcome the Migrant Caravan and To Treat All Those Seeking Asylum Humanely The Sisters of Loretto join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in calling upon the U.S. government to welcome the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. border and to treat…

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Loretto Joins LCWR in Call for Protection of Immigrants

By Loretto Community / September 27, 2018 /

Loretto Joins with LCWR in Urging All to Call for Protection of Immigrants, Register Objections to ‘Mean-spirited’ U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Proposed Changes to Public Charge Regulation The Sisters of Loretto join with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in urging “all people of faith to call for protection of immigrants, especially those most…

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Mary Nelle Celebrates 50 Golden Years With Gratitude

By Loretto Community / September 2, 2018 /

By Cathy Mueller Mary Nelle Gage is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Loretto. When asked about her life in Loretto, her response is one of gratitude for the many opportunities that have been afforded her and the inspiration Loretto members have been and continue to be for her. Mary Nelle was teaching speech…

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