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.”

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Our Old Kentucky Home

The Loretto Motherhouse property has been a working farm from the time the Rev. 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. Today, in addition to being the home to about 100 Loretto Community members and housing the Loretto Living Center, a licensed long-term care facility for aging sisters and others, the 788-acre property includes:

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    Working Farm, Woods & Land

    including land in federal conservation. Learn more.

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    Cedars of Peace and Knobs Haven

    two retreat centers for personal and group retreats. Learn more.

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    Loretto Living Center at Loretto Motherhouse

    a licensed long-term healthcare facility. Learn more.


Our home since 1824

Are you interested in how it all got started? Learn more about the history of the Motherhouse.

Visitor information

Visitors are welcome at the Loretto Motherhouse!

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