Loyola University Maryland

Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture

Sharon Love smiling admiringly at her daughter as they pose for a picture along with the text:

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Sharon Donnelly Love, co-founder and main spokesperson of the One Love Foundation, for the 31st Sister Cleophas Costello Lecture on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the Evergreen campus.

One Love: A Conversation with Sharon Donnelly Love

On May 3rd, 2010, Sharon Love found out that her daughter had been killed by her ex-boyfriend. The shock of that moment will stay with her forever: “I’ve said these words countless times in the years since, as I tell our story, yet they still seem as impossible and unimaginable as they did that day,” she says. Like all mothers, Sharon sometimes worried that something bad would happen to her child — an injury on the lacrosse field, for example, or a car accident. That Yeardley would get hurt by her partner had never crossed her mind. “I didn’t know then what I know now, that relationship abuse is a public health epidemic and that young women in Yeardley’s age group are at three times greater risk than any other demographic.”

Sharon misses her daughter every day, but she has used her loss to bring light to others. Together with Yeardley’s sister Lexie, she founded The One Love Foundation, an organization that empowers young people with the knowledge to identify and avoid abusive relationships. Today, One Love is the national leader in preventing relationship violence and abuse. And, as the next generation learns to love better and be with partners who practice healthy love, Yeardley’s legacy lives on, ensuring that the joy she brought to the world lasts forever. 

The event is free and open to the public. Please register ahead of time