Frequently Asked Questions – Knobs Haven
Many individuals and groups choose to bring and prepare their own food. A large and fully-equipped kitchen is available in each retreat area to make this a pleasant part of your stay.
Others bring and prepare some of their own meals but purchase one or two meals from the Motherhouse kitchen.
Currently, and out of an abundance of caution for the health of Motherhouse residents, guests may go through the food line and then eat in the dining room annex or in the outdoor courtyard (weather permitting). Check with JoAnn for any changes in the dining room status.
Breakfast: Currently Not Available
Lunch: $12 (Note that is the main meal of the day.)
The Motherhouse church and services are open to guests. Due to a shortage of priests in the area, there is no set Mass schedule. Communion services are held at the following times; these times are subject to change if a priest is available.
- Sunday: 10am
- Monday through Friday: 4pm
- Tuesdays are quiet communal prayer
- Saturday: no service
The following nearby places have Mass on a regular basis; their schedules are on their websites.
– For two or more nights: $55/person/night
– For one night only: $65/person/night
These costs are for lodging only; meals from the Motherhouse dining room may be purchased separately.
Breakfast: Currently not available
Lunch: $12 (the main meal of the day)
– All linens are provided, including cloth napkins.
– A full kitchen with appliances, cookware, bakeware, dishes and utensils.
– An excellent water filter is installed in each kitchen. No need to bring commercially-bottled water!
– Dish soap and soap for hand-washing.
– In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we do not provide paper products (other than toilet paper), and strongly urge guests to use the dishes, utensils and cloth napkins available in each kitchen.
– Bring your personal items, including bath soap (and a face mask during COVID).
– Between-meal snacks and drinks.
As long as the COVID virus is a concern, the Motherhouse Dining Room protocols will fluctuate depending on current circumstances. Individuals and groups may need to bring and prepare all their own food. As you plan for your retreat, check with JoAnn for current information about the dining room status.
Our kitchen prepares meals for all those living at the Motherhouse, including the 85 residents in the licensed nursing facility. Let us know if you are vegetarian and the kitchen staff can add some vegetarian items to the food line. However, we are unable to accommodate full vegetarian and other special diets. Please bring with you any special or alternative food items you may need.
– Foodland and Dollar General, which sell basic food items, are in the town of Loretto, 2 miles away.
– An IGA & a Sav-A-Lot are in Springfield, about 15 minutes away.
– A Kroger is in Bardstown, about 25 minutes away.
Yes, wifi is available in both retreat areas.
Verizon and AT&T have nearby towers. Coverage from other providers can be spotty. If you think that your cell phone might not work here, you may give the following (see next item) emergency numbers to someone who may need to reach you.
1) 270-865-5291 (JoAnn’s home; call this number first)
2) 270-865-5811 (Motherhouse)
A small screen with DVD player is available in either retreat area.
A large screen with DVD player is available in the Conference Room of the Academy Building. You must make arrangements in advance for use of the Conference Room.
The Motherhouse property consists of 780 acres of land. Paved and gravel roads and walkways are plentiful around the buildings and houses. Walks to Mary’s Lake, to the hermitages, the outdoor labyrinth, and to Joseph’s Lake are about ½ mile each on gravel roads. A wooded, mulched path around the perimeter of Mary’s Lake is lovely for a stroll, and several trails are available. Guests are welcome to explore the woods (beautiful in every season!), keeping in mind that both poison ivy and ticks are abundant. Appropriate footwear, socks, insect repellent and a hat are strongly recommended.
Fishing is allowed at Joseph’s Lake and at Badin Pond. Interested persons must have their own Kentucky fishing license and obtain a free permit at the Motherhouse receptionist desk. No boating is allowed.
The entire Loretto Community takes seriously our relationship with and responsibility for our planet. We seek your assistance in this regard, and are grateful for your own efforts toward ecologically-sustainable living. The following types of materials can be recycled here: Office paper, newspaper, glossy paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, and tin cans. Containers for compost are located in each kitchen.
The Loretto Motherhouse buildings and grounds are smoke-free environments. Persons wishing to smoke may do so at the entrance to the property—about 0.2 miles from the retreat buildings.
Yes! We have a charging station able to accommodate 2 electric vehicles. It can be found in the parking lot near the Knobs Haven house.