The Loretto Volunteer Program is a project of the Loretto Community, a welcoming and inclusive Catholic order of sisters with a 200-year history of advocating for peace, women's equality and solutions to social injustices. You can learn more about the Sisters of Loretto here.
Loretto Volunteers are an extension of the mission and spirit of the Loretto Community. Volunteers serve for a year at social justice organizations while living in intentional community with other volunteers. All the while, volunteers find ways to connect to their spirituality and practice simplicity in every day life.
Loretto Volunteers serve in both direct service and advocacy roles. They serve in homeless shelters and immigrant legal clinics; in public radio and at the United Nations. (See our full listing here.) Each volunteer is paired with an organization based on their skills and interests.
We are rooted in the creative spirituality of the Loretto Community. We consider earth care, activism, and justice work as deeply spiritual pursuits. Though we have grown out of Catholic social justice teaching, we proudly welcome volunteers of any faith, as well as those who are struggling with the idea of religion and God. All volunteers must simply be open to exploring a variety of spiritual practices that reflect their community's backgrounds and interests. In these ways, and in many others, Loretto Volunteers explore and embody to the program's core values of intentionalcommunity, spirituality, simple living, and social justice.
We welcome individuals of all backgrounds, races, classes, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and faiths.
“Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven’t done a thing. You are just talking.” -Wangari Maathai -
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