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

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 2, 2019 / 0 Comments

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 Motherhouse residents know that the Infirmary operates in an excellent manner under the capable direction of Michelle Essex, the Infirmary administrator. Year after year the…

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A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Documents

By Eleanor Craig SL / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

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. Investigation in the dark crawl space beneath the building revealed nothing unusual. The summer rains came and the typical Kentucky humidity. The buckling and the…

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Sustainable Intentional Community Gathers at Loretto Motherhouse

By Kathy Wright SL / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

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 included Mary Kay Brannan, Johanna Brian, Susan Classen, Martha Crawley, Andrew Dyrsten, Marie Ego, JoAnn Gates, Dorie Kincaide, Anna Koop, Maureen O’Connell, Dorothy Ortner, Mary…

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Infirmary Community Re-Elects Members of Resident Council

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

By Betty McWilliams and Mary Peter Bruce January 2018 the Commonwealth of Kentucky added two new regulations affirming the Infirmary Resident Council. One was that the council should elect a president, vice president and secretary. The other was that the Infirmary should provide not only physical care but holistic care. In the spring of 2018…

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Buds and Blossoms Bloom in the Motherhouse Infirmary

By Loretto Community / April 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Story by Sue Rogers, photos by Mary Peter Bruce and Peg Jacobs Buds and blossoms abound on the third floor of the Motherhouse Infirmary. North and south sun make the windows ideal for orchids. They have been in bloom since December, and their glory will last until August. Sharon Thompson of the Infirmary housekeeping staff…

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A Little Paint Goes a Long Way

By Loretto Community / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Story by/photos courtesy of Debra Kehl As I travel back and forth to the Motherhouse, I’ve noticed the Knobs Haven sign along the road needed a touch-up. In October I told JoAnn Gates I would paint it. The letters on this handmade wooden sign, which was made years ago by JoAnn’s father, George, were faded.…

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Our Loretto Motherhouse Farm Is an Ecosystem of Its Own

By Joy Jensen SL / February 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Did you know that our Loretto Motherhouse farm is an ecosystem? Remember that an ecosystem is made up of living and non-living things that interact and exchange energy. A farm ecosystem differs from a forest or a lake ecosystem in that humans control many of the interactions on the farm. Cattle play an important role…

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Loretto Motherhouse Crèches from Around the World

By Loretto Community / December 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

This Yuletide season nativity scenes of all shapes and sizes grace the halls, windowsills and outdoors at Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky. They are a sight to behold! Most of the crèche collection featured there belongs to Anthony Mary Sartorius SL. Some years ago she began the lovely tradition of decking out the Motherhouse with…

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The Secret Garden Revisited: A Reflection

By Joy Jensen SL / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

A bird feeder hangs outside on my Infirmary window. A Chipping sparrow visits it daily and is occasionally joined by a Harris’s sparrow. After eating they fly to the Japanese maple growing near my window. The gray squirrel who lives in the tree by my window jumps to the maple and scampers down the tree…

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St. Mary’s Haven

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Michelle Essex, Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary Administrator At the Loretto Infirmary there is now St. Mary’s Haven, formally known as St. Joseph’s Hall, or St. Joe’s. It is a familiar yet revitalized home to support our residents with memory or other needs. While the St. Joe’s Hall philosophy of providing individualized dementia care remains the…

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Teaching: From the Three Rs to the Higher Branches

By Eleanor Craig SL / August 16, 2018 / 0 Comments

Two buildings on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse are in the midst of significant anniversaries. The buildings that today we call “Rhodes Hall” and the “Novitiate/Academy Building” together mark 175 years of young ladies’ education at the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse in central Kentucky. In later blogs we’ll look at the story of the 1886…

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Getting to Know Florence Wolff

By Loretto Community / June 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Katie Santa Ana Flipping through the paper finding aids of the Sisters of Loretto archives, one name appears at the top of each page more often than not: Sister Florence Wolff. Her carefully typed pages served as the guide to the individual boxes and file folders that make up the archival collection here at…

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