We invite you to browse our collection of books by Loretto authors.

A Path to the Divine in Human Life: The Role of Chakras in Religious Dedication
By Elaine Marie Prevallet SL

Book cover with mandalas down the left side. Title text reads "A Path to the Divine in Human Life: The Role of Chakras in Religious Dedication" Elaine Marie Prevallet, SL 2020

In this publication, Elaine Prevallet offers her thoughtful integration of how basic human energies embodied in each of us encourage us to lead a committed life. A Path to the Divine in Human Life: The Role of the Chakras in Religious Dedication opens up new ways to explore and name commitment in these challenging times.

You may read or download the book here. Courtesy of Elaine Prevallet SL and the Loretto Community, this book is being offered free of charge. However, if you wish to make an offering, Loretto is happy to accept donations in furtherance of our mission. Donate through this form and select “Wherever Funds Are Most Needed.”

Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation
Edited By Margaret Cain McCarthy and Mary Ann Zollmann BVM
Contributors include Donna Day SL and Cathy Mueller SL

In 2008, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life initiated an Apostolic Visitation to examine the quality of life of women religious in the United States. “Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation” serves as a historical record of the event and describes the experience of the women who participated in it.” Says Joan Chittister OSB, “If you really want to know what is going on between the nuns and the Vatican, read ‘Power of Sisterhood.’”

$32.99. More details and ordering information here.

For Children Cannot Wait
By Susan Carol McDonald SL

This book, printed simultaneously in English, German and French, is full of photos and information regarding orphaned children (1967-1975) during the war in Vietnam. Its focus is children with no known parents, many of whom were Amerasian. Several members of the Loretto Community were involved in the care of these children.

$25, plus $8 P&H. Email to request a copy of the book.

The Stitched Hearts of Jesus and Mary
By Rosemary Chinnici SL

This book traces the history of the founding of Loretto and includes stories of various sisters from 1812 – 1862. It also includes a chapter on Loretto spirituality and demonstrates the close relationship between Loretto spirituality and Salesian spirituality.

$20. Email to request a copy of the book

A Century of Change: 1912-2012
Initiated by PJ Manion SL

This collection of essays tells stories of the Loretto Community over the past century – documenting changes in mission and ministry, money and simplicity, educational philosophy and more. 20 Loretto authors contributed writings.

$25. Send a check with your mailing address to:
Change Book, Nerinx Post Office, 515 Nerinx Road
Nerinx, Ky 40049

On the Street
By Marianne Novak Houston CoL

“On the Street” is a collection of poems & prose poems, written over a period of years. They give voice to the histories, dreams, realities, frustrations and also the undeniable gifts and talents found among individuals whose lives are often minimalized by our descriptions of them as “the homeless,” “the marginalized,” “the poor,” “the unemployed” or “the mentally ill.”

$20. Purchasing info here.

Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words
By Maureen Fiedler SL

This collection of lively Q&A interviews with key contemporary female religious leaders focuses not only on the discrimination faced by some of the most important women in religion, but documents the emerging leadership of women in several faith traditions.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

$22. Order here.

Hidden in the Same Mystery: Thomas Merton and Loretto
Edited By Bonnie Thurston and Mary Swain SL

By including the texts of talks Thomas Merton gave to the novices at the Loretto Motherhouse, Hidden in the Same Mystery presents previously unpublished Merton materials which are a rich source of his thinking on prayer and on religious life.

$21.95. Order here.

The books below are all sold directly by Loretto. To order a Loretto book, send a check with shipping information to:
Nerinx Post Office
515 Nerinx Road
Nerinx, Ky 40049

Make check payable to Sisters of Loretto; indicate books by name and add $2 postage for each.

Voices from Silence: A Loretto Patchwork
By the Loretto Class of 1962

Members of the Class of 1962 share their novitiate experiences and explore how their Motherhouse years shaped their lives. The beautifully illustrated book describes painful transitions from home to the Motherhouse; rhythms of prayer, work, play; Vatican II spirituality; celebrations; community; almost under-cover-of-night departures; and echoes of Loretto in class members’ lives.

$15. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.

Venture into the Unknown: Loretto in China 1923-1998
By Patricia Jean Manion SL

PJ writes: “The title of this book not only speaks of the nearly 30 years Sisters of Loretto lived and worked in China, but also speaks of my experience. While writing this book my thinking in many ways was changed. I lived their lives through the more than 600 letters and memoirs that rested for years in the Loretto Archives at Nerinx, Kentucky. I experienced with them an incredible journey. I hope you, too, take the opportunity to live for a while with these women of heroic stature.”

$20. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.

Toward a Spirituality for Global Justice: A Call to Kinship
By Elaine Prevallet SL

Quote from the book: “As Christians, we affirm that Jesus’ divinity is not a compartment separated from his body or from the rest of his life process. God cannot be wholly present in Jesus without being present to the rest of creation.”

$15. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.

Other Popular Titles: 

Naming Our Truth: Stories of Loretto Women
Editor Ann Patrick Ware SL
Read a chapter here!
$18. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.

Beyond the Adobe Wall
By Patricia Jean Manion SL
$14. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.

Making the Shift: Seeing Faith Through a New Lens
by Elaine Prevallet SL
$6. Order directly from Loretto. Ordering info above.
Book review here.