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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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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 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 /

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 /

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 /

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

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 2, 2019 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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