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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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Notes & News – Spring/Summer 2020

By Loretto Community / June 12, 2020 /

Smithsonian exhibit group meets at Motherhouse  By Susanna Pyatt, Loretto Heritage Center Curator  The Loretto Heritage Center will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at Loretto City Hall in fall 2020 in partnership with the Beautify Loretto Committee and other local partners. We are planning and organizing programs and content specific…

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Running a farm, Caring for Earth

By Christina Manweller / June 12, 2020 /
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The studies that have been done about regenerative agriculture, that’s really what Cody is already doing in many aspects. Susan Classen CoL, Eco-Systems Manager Photo by Christina Manweller Farmers, working hard to produce crops and put food on our tables, bear much of the burden of a changing climate.  “I’m checking the weather multiple times…

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Loretto’s promise to the land

By Christina Manweller / June 12, 2020 /

‘The bees are swarming!’ One of the hives tended by Susan Classen released a black humming cloud that was moving up and onward with definite purpose.  Swarming bees can mean the loss of 10,000-plus bees in a matter of minutes. After a rush of excitement, Susan was fortunate; the bees settled in a nearby tree. She…

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This Is Holy Ground: Loretto Comes To Be Through the Creative Spirit of God

By Loretto Community / April 5, 2020 /

From the Kentucky frontier in 1812 to the present, Loretto shares in that mysterious gift of the Holy Spirit, which brought Loretto into being and keeps it alive today. The Holy Ground of Loretto is a place of life-giving rootedness in something larger than ourselves. It is something deep enough to keep us anchored. It…

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Motherhouse Farm guided by Loretto’s desire to live in responsible relationship with the land and with all life

By Loretto Community / March 16, 2020 /

We seek to live humbly on land made good by its Creator.  We accept the privilege to live in responsible relationship with the land and with all of life.  We commit ourselves to being shaped by the beauty and harmony of God’s Universe. Three goals guide the work of the Motherhouse through its Farm and…

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Award-winning Infirmary puts needs of residents first

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2020 /

The Resident Council at the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary seeks to understand better the needs of residents and improve quality of life. The Council, made up of Loretto Community members and lay residents, holds elections annually, with officers beginning their terms on January 1 each year. Since instituting the Council, we have seen a doubling in…

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Notes & News – Winter 2020

By Loretto Community / February 28, 2020 /

Sisters of Loretto honored in El Paso The Option for the Poor Award was given in recognition of the sisters’ many years of service “Working for Justice and acting for Peace in the El Paso Diocese.” At the ceremony in El Paso, Texas, in November, Helen Santamaria SL gave the keynote, a reflection on the…

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Loretto Welcomes Amanda Mattingly

By Amanda Mattingly / February 1, 2020 /

My name is Amanda Mattingly, and I am the new Volunteer Director for the Loretto Motherhouse and Infirmary. I am a local, having grown up in Springfield, Ky., and now residing in Bardstown, Ky. All of my family call the tri-county area (Marion, Washington and Nelson counties) home. My family is blessed to own a…

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Experiencing the Stories: Learning History That Makes Loretto Unique

By Ayla Toussaint / December 2, 2019 /

When I was hired straight out of graduate school as the Loretto Heritage Center archivist, I was ecstatic. As an archivist, my job revolves around saving stories and preserving them for future generations. To do this, archivists collect administrative papers, photographs, personal diaries and writings and a host of other documents.  Women’s history has been…

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On the grounds: Motherhouse missives from Anndavid Naeger SL

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / November 8, 2019 / Comments Off on On the grounds: Motherhouse missives from Anndavid Naeger SL

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 /

“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 /

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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