“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 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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Residency leads to writing about family history

By Loretto Community / August 31, 2022 /

Published by The News-Enterprise on August 25, 2022 An interest in writing about her family history inspires a local artist to complete a residency in Loretto. In partnership with the…

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Nerinx Post Office Finds a New Home

By Loretto Community / July 31, 2022 /
Bake House at the Motherhouse, circa 1924.

by Michael Bickett, Motherhouse Service Coordinator The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) actually made the call. Once the Supreme Court decided the government could require COVID-19 vaccinations for…

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Teens Lend A Hand At The Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / July 31, 2022 /
Students from Denver, El Paso and St. Louis

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, students from Loretto Academy, Nerinx Hall and St. Mary’s Academy visited the Motherhouse campus for a week of service and camaraderie.…

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Artists find peace at Nerinx

By Loretto Community / July 14, 2022 /

Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on July 13, 2022 “For most Marion County residents, the property in Nerinx owned by the Sisters of Loretto is just a place for retired…

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A History Mystery

By Susanna Pyatt / April 27, 2022 /
Framed oil painting by Frans Floris the Elder

Back in January, the Heritage Center staff were asked about an oil painting of the Epiphany that hangs in the Motherhouse Infirmary. This work, showing the three Magi visiting the…

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Slaveholding in Loretto’s history: Honoring the sacredness of human dignity

By Loretto Community / April 23, 2022 /
A Black man, looking directly at the camera, stands shoulder to shoulder with a Black woman, whose eyes are closed. The photo has been made to look old, with the words "don't forget me, benna" overlaid in small text on the woman.

We gathered in our home church to see and hear with our hearts a tragic reality about our homeplace, that these grounds have been a place of wounding for many…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / February 6, 2022 /
Portrait of a Black man overlaid with red and yellow colorwash and text "lightening touches the ground"

The Loretto Community is pleased to share through social media some highlights of the Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification that took place November 2021 at our Kentucky Motherhouse. Through this…

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Merry Christmas to All From the Loretto Community: The Story of the Christmas Crèche

By Loretto Community / December 20, 2021 /
A Christmas star on top of a building is profiled against the pinks and purples of the sky at sunset.

Is your crib set up? Years of religious imagination have created Christmas crèches that tell the story of that holy night.  Stories and images frame our traditions giving us a…

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Take a Break and Discover Rich History of the Loretto Community

By Loretto Community / December 13, 2021 /
Archival photo of a Sister of Loretto with her class in 1890

Located on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., the Heritage Center houses documents and artifacts from the 200-plus year history of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 18, 2021 /
Colorful banner featuring these words from Unamuno's quote "to remain silent is to lie." Banner by Robert Strobridge CoL

During the 2021 Assembly, Loretto invited all to observe its “I Was Here” Project, a ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 17, 2021 /

A ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more than fifty individuals enslaved between 1812-1865. The event program is here. Watch it live…

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