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Loretto at the UN: History

Our Foundation

In 1991, Mary Luke Tobin SL proposed at the Loretto Assembly to apply for UN accreditation and have an appointed representative. Loretto had already been involved in the UN through members attending the World Conference for Women in 1980 and providing UN briefings for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Loretto gained official NGO status in 1992 and thus the official presence of the Loretto Community (Sisters of Loretto) began at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Timeline of Loretto at the UN's history, 1981-2020

Our 30th Anniversary

We spent summer and fall 2021 researching and celebrating 30 years of Loretto at the UN. We recognized this huge milestone by collecting more materials and interviews for our archive and creating a wonderful presentation sharing our past legacy and our present reflections. You can watch our November 2021 presentation for the Loretto Assembly below.

Our Representatives: Past and Present

  • Pat Kenoyer SL
  • Edwin Mary McBride SL
  • Nancy Finneran SL
  • Betty Obal SL
  • Headshot of Beth Blissman CoL