“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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Motherhouse Entices Monarch Butterflies

By Susan Classen CoL / July 1, 2019 /
A green field farm landscape picture with a brown wooden fence and large trees in the background.

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,…

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Kay DeMarea Celebrates Her 70th Jubilee

By Loretto Community / June 10, 2019 /

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…

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On Foundation Day, Loretto Motherhouse Celebrates Jubilarians

By Kathleen Tighe SL / June 1, 2019 /
Six men wearing dark grey and black suits standing on a higher platform indoors and smiling with one woman standing lower, in the middle wearing a bright purple sweater.

(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).…

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Genevieve Cavanaugh: ‘Inspiration to All’

By Liz Perez SL / June 1, 2019 /
Two women pictured candidly, one woman is sitting and smiling, leaning forward placing her hand on the shoulder of her friend sitting in front of her. The friend in front is smiling and tilting her head to hear what her friend behind her has to say.

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…

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SMA Students Spend Spring Break at Loretto Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / June 1, 2019 /
Five girls sitting and one girl standing and posing with her arms out to the side smiling together for a group picture on top of a stone sign for Loretto Motherhouse on a sunny day.

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…

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Notes & News

By Loretto Community / May 31, 2019 /

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…

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Soprano Tamsyn Scott to Give Motherhouse Concert

By Loretto Community / May 23, 2019 /

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…

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Loretto Heritage Center Staff Hang Together Through Thick and Thin!

By Eleanor Craig SL / May 1, 2019 /
Three women smiling for a picture while exploring a basement crawl space.

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…

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Loretto’s Infirmary Is Above Average — As We Know!

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 1, 2019 /
A woman with mid-length brown hair smiling while holding a white certification plaque with a plain white background.

It is not a surprise that the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary received an above average rating in nursing homes in Kentucky and, in fact, in the nation. Loretto members, staff and…

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

By Loretto Community / April 12, 2019 /

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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A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Documents

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2019 /
A woman with grey hair wearing a colorful plaid shirt smiling while grabbing a file box on a large file shelf covering the whole wall.

Last June the Archivists at the Loretto Heritage Center noticed buckling in the hardwood floor beneath the racks of documents. At least one sensitive nose also smelled musty, moldy smells.…

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Sustainable Intentional Community Gathers at Loretto Motherhouse

By Kathy Wright SL / April 1, 2019 /
A group picture in a class room, two individuals are sitting on the floor, three are sitting in chairs, and eight standing behind in an inverted triangle shape.

During the weekend of Feb. 22-24, the Motherhouse welcomed the Sustainable Intentional Community gathering that included 17 participants plus several other people who joined for an hour or two. Participants…

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