What is the Loretto Community?
The Loretto Community, founded in 1812 as the Sisters of Loretto, is a congregation of Catholic vowed Sisters and lay Co-members. Our members continue to live out the Community’s mission to “work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.” Traditionally a teaching order, the Loretto Community has expanded its work into many fields to promote justice — including education, healthcare, elder care, environmental stewardship and global advocacy at the United Nations.
What is Loretto at the United Nations?
The Loretto Community is an NGO (non-governmental organization) accredited with consultative status at the United Nations. Loretto began its status under ECOSOC (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs) over 20 years ago, allowing us to advocate on the international level for the issues and values of concern to the Loretto Community by leveraging the insight and voices of those working at the grassroots level.
One area of our participation includes engaging in issue-based committees with other NGO representatives. This work allows us to collaborate in our efforts to address challenges like financing for development and protecting the rights of migrants, while also learning information that we can then share with the Loretto community at large, our partners, and friends. With its numerous different members that have represented the community at this international platform, Loretto has been present at historic UN events like the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China and the first UN Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.
Issues of Focus:
Loretto participates on the following Committees:
- NGO Committee on Social Development
- NGO Committee on Migration
- NGO Committee on Financing for Development
- Working Group on Girls
- NGO Mining Working Group at the UN
- NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security