Loretto Heritage Center

The Loretto Heritage Center includes both an Archive and a Museum where the 200-year history of the Sisters of Loretto and the 40-year history of the Loretto Community are documented in paper, artifacts and richly interpretive exhibits.

In the museum, visitors experience the setting of dramatic demonstrations by Loretto peace and justice activists and explore maps showing the rapid spread of Loretto education across the American continent and over the Pacific to China. An audio-visual theater and a room full of photographs offer a variety of vivid stories of Loretto places and people.

The archival collection, carefully and professionally maintained since the 1890s, offers academic researchers, families interested in geneology and individuals related to Loretto the opportunity to examine original manuscripts and artifacts. A comfortable research room and knowledgeable staff assist users on an appointment basis. Less extensive research requests can often be handled by telephone and email.

Research in the archival collection can be arranged by appointment with the archivist.

Welcome to LOREtto (pronounced “LORE-etto”), a blog created by Loretto Heritage Center to share insights into the rich history of the Loretto Community.


The Loretto Heritage Center is located on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse.
The address is 515 Nerinx Rd, Nerinx, KY 40049.
Driving directions

Visiting the Museum
The Museum is open six days a week; closed on Mondays

Hours are as follows:
Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

These are our regular hours, however we do recommend that you call ahead if you are traveling from a distance as special circumstances cause us to close occasionally.

For archival assistance please contact the archivist or executive director:

Sister Eleanor Craig, Executive Director

Katie Santa Ana, Archivist

office: 270-865-5811 Ext 3151

Both the museum and the archives are fully accessible.

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