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Motherhouse

“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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Sisters of Loretto permanently preserve 650 acres of ‘holy land’ in Kentucky

By Loretto Community / January 26, 2023 /

Published by Earthbeat on January 26, 2023 The region in central Kentucky where the Sisters of Loretto have resided for 200 years is often described as “holy land.” Now, more…

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Sisters of Loretto sign historic conservation agreement

By Loretto Community / January 23, 2023 /

Published by The Record on January 20, 2023 The Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, Ky., signed an agreement Jan. 18 with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy that will conserve more than…

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A 2-century-old Catholic convent is fighting for conservation in Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 20, 2023 /

Published by Louisville Public Media on January 19, 2023 For a 2-century-old Catholic convent outside Loretto, Ky., conservation is an act of faith. In a state where prosperity was forged…

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Sisters of Loretto permanently protect 650 acres in Marion County, Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 18, 2023 /
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NERINX, KY – The Sisters of Loretto today, Jan. 18, signed an historic agreement with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy to conserve more than 650 acres of the congregation’s nearly 800-acre…

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Loretto Wishes You Joy of Heart This Advent: Veni, Veni Emmanuel!

By Loretto Community / December 5, 2022 /

Most Roman Catholic churches do not read the Entrance Antiphon anymore because we are singing instead! But this year the message sets the tone for the Advent we need. It…

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The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

By Loretto Community / November 14, 2022 /
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An anthropologist looks to a religious community of women in rural Kentucky for scientifically informed lessons in land stewardship. Could they be a model for activists and policymakers to move…

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Sing Alleluia to Our God!: Loretto Natural Burial Practices

By Loretto Community / November 7, 2022 /
People process down a paved path on a green, summery day. The last two women in the processing carry a large basket of flowers between them.

Gain souls, draw souls, court souls, shelter souls. I Am the Way, the Constitutions of the Sisters of Loretto,p. 2 What is a green, or natural, burial?  A green or…

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Maribah Departs to Chicago With Blessings

By Loretto Community / October 22, 2022 /
Blessings To Maribah Ishaq As She Prepares To Depart To Chicago

As readers of Interchange know, Maribah has now entered the Inter-Congregational Collaborative Novitiate in Chicago. She visited Loretto locales before making the journey to Chicago. An interesting, attractive, intelligent young…

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The church forbids ‘human composting’ at death. But what about ‘green’ burials?

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /

Published by America Magazine Oct. 13, 2022. “So is there a way for Catholics to honor the sacredness of the body in a conservation burial that also honors the sacredness…

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‘We Say Their Names’: Loretto Seeks Forgiveness, Reconciliation for Participating in System of Enslavement

By Loretto Community / October 17, 2022 /
Carved faces on a bronze plate mark the Slave Memorial at the Loretto Motherhouse.

God who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #80 Look…

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Loretto’s Carbon Reduction Fund Helps Support Earth’s Restoration

By Loretto Community / October 10, 2022 /
Woman with short, white curly hair and a yellow bandana pauses while weeding to smile for a photo.

In “All We Can Save,” Katharine Wilkinson and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson write, “To address our climate emergency, we must rapidly, radically reshape society. We need every solution and every solver.…

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Loretto Motherhouse Farm Works to ‘Care for our Common Home’

By Loretto Community / September 2, 2022 /

The Loretto Motherhouse Farm, formerly St. Stephens Farm, has been a productive farm operation since at least the late 1700’s, before the Sisters of Loretto were organized. In its earliest…

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