She urged her fellow Lorettines
to creschools, women's academies and women's colleges.
Jeannine Gramick, to the Lorettines
(see main story).
"In Loretto, I feel like that gay man, because I'm now part of a group that echoes my political, social and religious worldview." Gramick's regard for the Lorettines developed over decades.
The Lorettines had "raised their voices for women and children at U.N.
In 1988 the Lorettines gave her the Mary Rhodes Award--named after their pioneer founder--for her work with gays and lesbians.
The Lorettines are ceaseless networkers -- through their nearly 200 co-members (established in 1970 when many friends said they wanted a closer spiritual association with the order); through their three Loretto-sponsored all-women's high schools and through every facet of their outreach.
Graduates of Loretto Academy in Shanghai (in the 1940s and '50s, Lorettines were first interned and then ousted by the communists) still meet in San Francisco.
This Women's Initiative for Service and Empowerment -- WISE -- is one way Lorettines weave hope into the lives of the homeless, the overlooked and the oppressed.
It was Sanders, a farsighted Loretto president (1970-78) at a time when there were Lorettines in 20 states, who encouraged the sisters of the post-Vatican II church to reach beyond their traditional teaching roles into new fields.
On those frontiers -- visited by NCR during a two-day Denver odyssey -- the Lorettines help marginalized women to organize, co-sponsor with Jesuits the dual-language neighborhood Catholic school, with a Dominican sister develop organic gardening plots and environmental programs and trips for the homeless.
For the Lorettines, the Peace Express -- a private coach attached to the Chicago Limited -- was the culmination of planning that began New Year's Eve 1999 at the Nevada Test Site New Millennium Peace Action.
Coyle said what the Lorettines wanted, when it was time to call, "All aboard!" on their train trip for disarmament and racial and economic justice, was a wide diversity of people.