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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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Loretto Stands with Immigrants

By Loretto Community / June 26, 2018 /

Loretto marched in El Paso and St. Louis to honor immigrants and refugees on June 20, World Refugee Day. Maureen Fiedler wrote in a National Catholic Reporter blog on June 22, “We may be a nation of immigrants, but we have often not been a nation welcoming immigrants.” Read more. Loretto stands with immigrants. We…

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Loretto Community Calls on Congress to Halt Separation of Migrant Children from Parents

By Loretto Community / June 15, 2018 /

The Loretto Community, which includes the Roman Catholic Congregation of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto Co-members, today joined people of conscience and faith everywhere in denouncing the U.S. government policy of separating migrant children from their parents. Loretto President Sister Pearl McGivney said, “I and many in the Loretto Community have spent our lives…

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UN NGO Chronicles Highlights of 2018 Commission on the Status of Women

By Beth Blissman CoL / June 1, 2018 /

“Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls” was the priority theme of this year’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The review theme was “Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an…

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Loretto Connects with Cities for CEDAW

By Alice Kitchen / May 1, 2018 /

This past March Beth Blissman and I attended the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women gathering in New York. While Beth oversaw 67 Loretto students from some six U.S. locations to expose them to women worldwide, I met with the Cities for CEDAW (Commission on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) leaders. We met…

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Reflections from U.N.: Building Educational Infrastructure for the Commission on the Status of Women

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2018 /

By Kathy Baldwin-Heitman You’re 17. It is your first time in New York City. You have a BIG job to do. Are you prepared? Imagine yourself a junior or senior in high school. You have been accepted to serve as a delegate to the United Nations by the Loretto Community to the upcoming Commission on…

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A Day of Fun for the LEWP

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2018 /

By Maria Daniel Some of the members of Loretto Empowering Women in Pakistan share a meal of biryani, a rice with veggies and chicken dish, on their outing together with Loretto’s Pakistan sisters.(Photo courtesy of Maria Daniel)[/caption]Recently, Samina Iqbal, Nasreen Daniel and I took the women’s group of the sewing class, Loretto Empowering Women in…

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Loretto Takes Part in U.N.’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls

By Loretto Community / March 23, 2018 /
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Loretto Mission in Pakistan Empowers Other Women

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2017 /

By Cathy Mueller Our sisters in Pakistan — Maria Daniel, Samina Iqbal and Nasreen Daniel — are busy with several projects, all of which reflect the Loretto mission. Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw OFM asked our sisters to take over St. Anthony School in Green Town, a poor section of Lahore. From 8 a.m. to 1:30…

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Loretto at the UN: Supporting Girls and Women

By Beth Blissman CoL / December 1, 2017 /

When I arrived at the United Nations office a year ago, the first meeting Sally Dunne took me to was the Working Group on Girls (WGG). I joined WGG’s Mission Advocacy Committee and began to visit the offices where diplomats work. These are called missions, oddly enough. We would share our priorities from WGG and…

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#DACA #Here to Stay

By Loretto Community / October 2, 2017 /

                                                John and Lillian Moskeland joined Dayton, Ohio, residents who stood in front of Republican Rep. Mike Turner’s offices Sept. 5 to support Dreamers and the Hope Act. Singers, speakers and League…

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Supporting Women and Girls: Update from the United Nations

By Loretto Community / May 1, 2017 /

By Beth Blissman I wish to express my deep gratitude to all within Loretto who have expressed support of this important mission of our Community. I’m still a bit overwhelmed after attending the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) at the United Nations, but here are a few thoughts and links for future…

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Loretto Turns Out for Women’s Rights: A Time for Reflections

By Loretto Community / March 1, 2017 /

                By Lillian Moskeland Families, husbands, co-members and vowed members of Loretto gathered around the nation to stand for women’s rights. Ninety-six years ago, women suffered to gain equality under the law and today that hard-fought battle seems in danger. The young suffer discrimination for being “feminist” from…

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