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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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A sneak peek at the Loretto Heritage Center oversized photo collection

By Amanda Beard / February 26, 2024 /

At the Loretto Heritage Center, I have had the pleasure of getting to learn about the amazing history that surrounds the Sisters of Loretto. I have been one of the…

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Save the dates – “Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds” retreat

By Loretto Community / February 20, 2024 /
Three women sit in a church, conversing.

Please save the dates May 8-11, 2024 to join us at the Loretto Motherhouse for a four-day retreat entitled “Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds.” Registration information and more will be…

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At Loretto Living Center compassion and love remain front and center

By Loretto Community / February 20, 2024 /
Eight smiling women of a variety of racial backgrounds wearing pink and colorful nursing scrubs pose in front of a beach background with a beachball and inflatable flamingo as props.

Michelle Essex, administrator at the Loretto Living Center in Nerinx, Ky., shares her views on the Center and its mission in an inspiring video about the Motherhouse (find the link…

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Lent: A time to listen to Gospel call to ready ourselves, be open to God’s grace

By Loretto Community / February 12, 2024 /
A rainbow is seen through bare branches, glowing amidst the evening clouds.

Many years ago, Dr. Seuss wrote a book called “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” Many thought it was just for children, not so! There is a message there for you…

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Loretto Motherhouse Concert – Debussy, Bottesini, Hertl and Chopin

By Loretto Community / February 9, 2024 /

The next concert in the Loretto Motherhouse Concert series will take place on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at 7 p.m. Grace Baugh-Bennett and Robert Docs will perform a program of…

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Loretto Motherhouse embraces visiting artists, groups, who, in turn, do same

By Loretto Community / February 5, 2024 /
Seven women gather for a lighthearted photo at a dinner table in Jeanne Dueber's art studio.

The book of Genesis tells us, “The Lord is definitely in this place, and I didn’t know it. This sacred place is awesome.” (Gen.28: 16-17) Of course, all Loretto members…

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Family History Day at the Loretto Heritage Center

By Loretto Community / January 29, 2024 /
The front of a brick building with white french doors, an arched window, and the name plaque: Loretto Heritage Center featuring a vintage-inspired logo of a drawing of an old building. Stairs and a handrail are leading up to the doors and the photo features green leafy branches around the perimeter of the picture.

The Loretto Heritage Center is hosting a Family History Day on Saturday, February 24th, 9am – 4:30pm. Twelve speakers will discus a range of genealogical topics including accessing local sources…

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Loretto gathers

By Martha Alderson CoL / November 1, 2023 /
A woman with short white hair and glasses speaking to the camera while sitting in her office. Behind her is a strategically placed banner that is fully visible in the frame. Assumably relating to the online meeting she is attending when photographed.

In these screenshots from the October Gathering above Kim Klein, Sally Dunne, and Sue Kenney help guide the proceedings. “A Lasting Endowment of Hope” was the theme of the 2023…

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Living Center residents participate in peace event

By Carolyn Jaramillo CoL / November 1, 2023 /
Three women work together to decorate a large patch of grass with handmade paper windmills. The field also has a bright teal wooden wheelbarrow with assorted flowers and a hand-painted pole surrounded by the paper windmills.

Thanks to the work and dedication of Stacy Ballard, activities coordinator at the Loretto Living Center, and her team, the Loretto Motherhouse Community joined other peace activists across the country…

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Motherhouse welcomes retreat on mysticism

By Mary Ann McGivern SL / November 1, 2023 /
A man and woman sitting together with assorted mics and a display screen behind them. They are smiling for a picture with papers in their laps, likely preparing to present something with the display screen and microphones.

The Motherhouse September retreat masters invited all of us participants to practice mysticism. The title of the retreat was “Mystics in the Heart; Monasticism for the World.” Mary Ellen McElroy…

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Ryan Schuering – Piano Concert

By Loretto Community / October 25, 2023 /

Please join us for a piano concert by Ryan Schuering at 3:00pm E.T. on October 28, 2023. Mr. Schuering will be performing in the Motherhouse Church at the Loretto Motherhouse.…

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Happy National Archives Month: A glimpse behind the scenes at the Loretto Heritage Center

By Susanna Pyatt / October 16, 2023 /
Three women sit in an office meeting room sorting papers.

Happy National Archives Month! The archive for the Loretto Community is housed in the Loretto Heritage Center at the Motherhouse. Heritage Center staff wear many hats in doing archival work.…

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