“Our Old Kentucky Home” – The Loretto Motherhouse is the heart of the Loretto Community. Located in Marion County, Ky., the site and the nearby town are named after our priest-founder Charles Nerinckx. Thousands of women entered the Community through its doors to follow God’s call of service. Today, it remains a home to our members, who gladly welcome visitors. Learn more about our Motherhouse.

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Loretto Motherhouse Concert: Flute, Double Bass and Piano

By Loretto Community / May 30, 2023 /

The Loretto Motherhouse invites you to the next concert in our concert series. Sidney King (double bass player), his wife, Evelyn Loehrlein (flutist) and Roland Martin (piano) will perform a…

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Loretto Motherhouse staff shine! Loretto thanks you!

By Loretto Community / May 15, 2023 /
Six women smile from their seats on a golf cart.

This week we continue to highlight the many unique and brilliant “stars” of Loretto that shine at our Kentucky Motherhouse. A little riff on Elizabeth Barrett Browning … How can…

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Keepin’ It Rural

By Loretto Community / April 11, 2023 /

Published by Kentucky Monthly on March 30, 2023 The Bluegrass region is one of Kentucky’s quintessential landscapes. Scenic pastoral views are dotted with bourbon rickhouses. Mile after mile of black…

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Upcoming Concert at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2023 /

On Sunday, May 21, Carrie RavenStem (clarinet) and Adrienne Fontenot (piano) will perform a concert at the Loretto Motherhouse. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Pianist Nada to Perform at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / March 8, 2023 /

Pianist Nada will give a piano concert beginning at 3pm EDT at the Loretto Motherhouse church. She has a repertoire of great depth and breadth, ranging from early music to…

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Conservation Easement Now a Reality

By Martha Alderson CoL / March 1, 2023 /
A woman sitting down signing paperwork as another women watches over. They're surrounded by beautiful scenery photography and individuals sitting behind them.

“For the beauty of the earth, for the splendor of the skies, For the love which from our birth over and around us lies.” The singing of this hymn began…

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A Rewarding Visit to Shaker Village

By Eleanor Craig SL / March 1, 2023 /
Visitors enjoy a carriage ride through historic Shaker Village with a white horse.

Recently a small group from Loretto Motherhouse paid a neighborly visit to the site of one of Kentucky’s oldest religious communities. We sought wisdom from their experience, so like Loretto’s.…

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Welcome to Knobs …

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2023 /
Two story brick building with white trim around the front posts, door and window frames.

Knobs Haven: Warm, welcoming retreat spaces for individuals and groups Knobs Haven is ‘a place of wholeness in a fragmented world.’ A retreatant describes Knobs HavenLoretto Magazine, 1981 Hospitality and…

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Cedars of Peace: Retreat hermitages in the sacred woods of Kentucky

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2023 /
Small wooden cabin with a front porch.

… rest a while Sojourners on life’s journey find gifts abounding at Cedars. Quiet is interspersed with bird symphony. Solitude rocks you in gentle arms. Body and soul encounter deep…

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Come away

By Christina Manweller / February 19, 2023 /
Looking up to the canopy of tall trees, with sunlight filtering through the leaves.

When people are here, they are immersed in a healthy ecosystem and experience themselves as part of it.’ Susan Classen CoLCedars of Peace caretaker Welcome! The Loretto Motherhouse retreat centers,…

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Loretto’s ecumenical retreat centers welcome you

By Christina Manweller / February 17, 2023 /
Sunlight streams in through an open window onto an easy chair flanked by a table and floor lamp. Green woods are visible through the window.

Cherishing the peace at Cedars The first time I stayed at Cedars of Peace, coming from a busy city and work, it took a full day for my breathing to…

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Students give back at the Motherhouse

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / February 17, 2023 /
Two high school girls holding garden tools stand outside in mulch next to two women, also holding garden tools, for a photo.

After the long pandemic-caused delay of two summers, the student volunteers from our three Loretto-connected high schools in St. Louis, Denver and El Paso returned for a week with us.…

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