"As a Loretto volunteer I gained the unexpected but precious opportunity of inter-generational mentoring. My year was shaped by the framework of caring support from this accomplished and respected group of women. I am proud to be a part of the Loretto network and look forward to more years of working for justice and acting for peace."
- Kathleen Stephan -
Loretto Volunteer, 2011-2012
The Sisters of Loretto have been working for women's equality, justice, and peace since 1812. From the very start, the Loretto Community emphasized the importance of educating women and girls, especially in rural region and under-served neighborhoods.
Until Vatican II, all Sisters of Loretto worked in the field of education. As soon as Catholic women religious were allowed to direct their own careers, the intersectionality and diversity of Loretto's social justice mission flourished.
Sisters began practicing midwifery, nursing in foreign combat zones, organizing for farmworker rights, protesting the Vietnam War, advocating for disarmament, marching for racial justice, HIV/AIDs counseling, providing support for migrants near the US/Mexico border, and more. Find a Sister of Loretto and you'll find a good story, a big heart, and a singular vision for peace.
The sisters and co-members of Loretto are a rich resource for Loretto Volunteers, providing friendship and guidance to volunteers throughout their terms of service and beyond. The community heartily welcomes volunteers into the greater Loretto family.
To learn more about Loretto, visit the community's website.