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“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 Magazine – Fall 2019

By Loretto Community / November 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Read Loretto Magazine Download Loretto Magazine 7,600 years of service to the people of God As of the end of 2019, the vowed Sisters of Loretto currently living have collectively served in various ministries to the People of God for over 7,600 years. Sisters take first vows in Loretto after a preparation period where they…

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On the grounds: Motherhouse missives from Anndavid Naeger SL

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / November 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Some months after my arrival at the Motherhouse in 2002, Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius, who was the Motherhouse Service Coordinator, asked me to write about the many events which take place here, much like the annals which each convent used to keep. I decided to record the present happenings and end the monthly piece with…

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Denise Ann Clifford’s Journey – from Teacher/Administrator to Community Life Coordinator

By Vicki Schwartz SL / September 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

“I’ve loved ‘learning the art’ of fundraising and connecting with our many generous friends and supporters,” says Denise Ann Clifford, as she completes 23 years as Loretto’s Director of Development and prepares for her new ministry as Community Life Coordinator at the Loretto Motherhouse. Until 1996, Denise Ann spent most of her professional years as…

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Loretto Celebrates Earna Volk’s Co-membership Commitment

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / September 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The sunshine-yellow of a large field of mustard plants was the flowing theme of the co-membership commitment ceremony of Earna Rae Volk on June 15.  “As soon as I heard of my acceptance into the process of becoming a co-member, I started preparing for this day,” mused Earna. Her family, friends and Community were not…

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Mother’s Day at Louisville Greyhound Station Gift of Welcome and Reunion

By Catherine (Kitty) Madden CoL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

As she talked toward me in the middle of the bus station, the first thing I noticed was the long bright red sweater pulled down tightly over her very pregnant body. Looking at her bright, dark eyes, almost perfect complexion and wide smile, no one could have guessed that Maura had just stepped off a…

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Mother Nature Creates Her Own Art From Jeanne Dueber’s ‘Protected Community’

By Debra Kehl CoL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to the left of the road and you will see a carved tree trunk titled “Protected Community” sculpted by Jeanne Dueber in 2003. The eight carved figures around the trunk are slowly declining, from the center out mostly. In the beginning as Jeanne’s vision took root in…

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Motherhouse Entices Monarch Butterflies

By Susan Classen CoL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

The food supply for monarch butterflies received a boost at the Motherhouse in May with the planting of 4 acres of milkweed and other plants favored by pollinators. Last fall, Infirmary physician Dr. Lida Oxnard brought a mesh cage with a dozen monarch caterpillars to the Motherhouse so that we could enjoy watching the metamorphosis…

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Loretto Welcomes New Motherhouse Service Coordinator

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / July 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

There’s something new at the Motherhouse. Anthony Mary Sartorius is getting to retire at last after two-and-a-half terms as service coordinator. After extensive searching for a person to take on that job, Michael Bickett has been hired. He begins as the new coordinator July 15 and is the first man to hold this important job.…

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SMA Students Spend Spring Break at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Christine Boss St. Mary’s Academy selected several girls to participate in a trip from Denver to the Loretto Motherhouse over spring break. It was the first time that the AP (Advanced Placement) environmental science students had an opportunity to travel to the Motherhouse. The trip’s intent was for us to learn more about the…

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Kay DeMarea Celebrates Her 70th Jubilee

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

Kay DeMarea celebrated her 70th Jubilee April 25 at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. She was joined by her housemate and friend, Suzanne Reasbeck. They both enjoyed the delicious celebration meal at the Motherhouse following the April 25 Jubilee/Foundation Day Mass. Kay said that ‘everything had been worth it, and they had been wonderful years.’…

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Genevieve Cavanaugh: ‘Inspiration to All’

By Liz Perez SL / June 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

In my brief interview with Genevieve, she told me she was taught by the Sisters of Loretto in Kansas City, Mo., throughout all of grade school and high school.  (Eleanor Craig confirmed that she attended Loretto Academy in K.C.).   I asked her, “So you decided your senior year to enter Loretto?”  She answered, “No,…

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On Foundation Day, Loretto Motherhouse Celebrates Jubilarians

By Kathleen Tighe SL / June 10, 2019 / 2 Comments

(Editor’s Note:  On April 25, 2019, Foundation Day, the Loretto Motherhouse Community celebrated Jubiliarians Genevieve Cavanaugh (80th), Mary Katherine Hammett and Kathleen Tighe (75th Diamond Jubilees), and Kay DeMarea (70th). Kathleen’s celebratory remarks follow below.) Welcome to all! I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful Loretto Community here at the Motherhouse. They are tremendous women, each…

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