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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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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. As you enter the Loretto Motherhouse grounds, glance to…

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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 / 0 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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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments

Pancratia Hall on Loretto Heights College campus becomes apartment housing By Mary Nelle Gage SL Pancratia Hall, former dormitory and classroom building on the historic Loretto Heights College campus, built in 1929, will be transformed to create 65 affordable family apartments with adjacent courtyard. Some Loretto Heights alumnae, Sisters and Co-members toured Pan Hall in…

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Soprano Tamsyn Scott to Give Motherhouse Concert

By Loretto Community / May 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Soprano Tamsyn Scott, a rising junior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will give a vocal concert beginning at 7 p.m. EDT in the Loretto Motherhouse chapel. The daughter of Cathy Scott and niece of Jean Kelley SL, Tamsyn is a vocal performance major. She has been cast as Dido from “Dido and Aeneas”…

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Motherhouse Concert to Feature Music of Liszt, Hugo Wolf and Alma Mahler-Werfel

By Loretto Community / May 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

Soprano Joyce Hall Wolf and pianists Cully Bell and Andreas Ioannides will perform works by Liszt, Hugo Wolf and Alma Mahler-Werfel beginning at 3 p.m. EDT at Loretto Motherhouse. Free and open to all!

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Loretto Heritage Center Staff Hang Together Through Thick and Thin!

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

Curator Susanna Pyatt, Archivist Ayla Toussaint and I laugh as we inspect the space beneath our building; above the crawl space, Heritage Center Assistant Marcia Mohin enjoys the less dusty pleasures of relocating boxes on our new movable shelves. Welcoming new team members We welcomed Ayla to our team in early March. She just completed…

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