The Loretto Motherhouse is the traditional “home place” for the Sisters of Loretto, and a spiritual center for the broader Loretto Community, ‘which seeks to praise God and serve the near and farther neighbor by educating ourselves and others in the ways of peace and justice.’ We are located on 788 acres in Nerinx, Ky., about 60 miles from of Louisville.
The Loretto Motherhouse property has been a working farm from the time Reverend Stephen Badin purchased the land in 1796 and named it St. Stephen’s Farm. It became home to the Sisters of Loretto in 1824, the center from which Loretto sent teachers to the western frontier and, later as far as China, South America, Africa, and Pakistan. The 788-acre property today is the permanent home for about 100 sisters and co-members and includes the farm, a licensed long term care facility, residential buildings, and two retreat centers. As much as possible, the Community’s spiritual values guide our decision-making and planning at the Motherhouse. Read our mission statement here.
The Motherhouse property includes:
- Working Farm, Woods and Land, including land in federal conservation
- Cedars of Peace and Knobs Haven, two retreat centers for personal and group retreats
- Loretto Heritage Center, Archives and Museum
- Art Gallery, featuring the work of Jeanne Dueber SL
- Historic Chapel, Sunday mass open to the public [10 am]
- Infirmary for aging sisters and others
- Residence for Loretto Community members
Visitors are welcome at the Loretto Motherhouse! To schedule a tour of the grounds or visit the Heritage Museum, please call the Heritage Center ahead of time to ensure we are ready for your visit: 270-865-7096. To contact and visit a specific Loretto sister, please schedule your visit with Maria Visse SL, Motherhouse Service Coordinator: 270-865-5811.
Guests are always welcome at our Sunday mass, each Sunday at 10 am in the Motherhouse Church. The Church also regularly hosts free concerts by professional musicians from the region. Learn more about this concert series and check our calendar for upcoming concerts.
Our address is 515 Nerinx Rd. Nerinx, Ky. 40049
Farm, Land and Conservation
History and Virtual Tour