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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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Loretto Recognizes Responsibility to Work With Others to Defer Climate Change in Ohio River Basin

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

Editor’s Note: This is the last of the four-part series. The Loretto Motherhouse is situated in the Ohio River Basin. The basin is an area that drains into the Ohio River from the convergence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., where the Ohio River flows into the Mississippi River.…

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Motherhouse Natural Flyway for Neotropical Migratory Birds

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

Did you ever spot a Kentucky Warbler or a Yellow-breasted Chat? They fly freely in the Loretto Motherhouse forests. They are neotropical migratory birds that are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. A neotropical bird is defined as “a species whose breeding ground includes the North American temperate zones and which migrates…

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Our First Registered Nurse

By Loretto Community / April 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

By Katie Santa Ana While the Sisters of Loretto are well known for the hundreds of teachers in their history, many Sisters also chose medical professions. While Sisters of Loretto served early on in nursing roles – such as during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 – it was not until 1944 that our very…

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A Secret Garden: The Motherhouse Courtyard Ecosystem

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

Editor’s note: Joy has written a series of four articles to inform us about the ecosystem at the Motherhouse. In this issue, we will present the first two. Look for the following two articles in the next two issues of Interchange. A gray squirrel scampers up the trunk of the tree in the courtyard outside…

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Mission: Motherhouse Land Contributes to Climate Solutions

By Susan Classen CoL / March 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

I am intrigued by what I am learning about the role of land in mitigating climate change. Actually, challenged would be more accurate. I have been actively involved in fighting climate change for years, and my social activism has taken many forms. I resist pipelines, participate in lobby days, attend marches, write letters and sign…

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How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Sofia Almanzan and Sofia Cortez, Loretto Academy students, El Paso The Motherhouse trip was an amazing experience. We realized that the reason we came home so amazed was because of the people that surrounded us on this trip. The teachers, the girls, the campers and most importantly the sisters all had an effect on…

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Fine Art Shows Feature Talent of Jeanne Dueber

By Loretto Community / March 31, 2017 / 0 Comments

By Mary Swain Jeanne Dueber won the Second Place Merit Award Feb. 25 in the Owensboro, Ky., Art Guild’s 55th Juried Exhibition. Forty-nine artists, each with one or two pieces, entered the exhibition. Entries were in multimedia, painting and sculpture. Jeanne’s piece is named “Birth” and is in cast aluminum. It is reminiscent of the…

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Loretto Heritage Center Learns a Stunning Lesson About Mold

By Loretto Community / April 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

By Eleanor Craig “To find mold in an archives building is like facing a tsunami, a hurricane and an earthquake all rolled into one disaster. When Archivist Eleanor Craig was summoned to the scene, she had to take to her chair in a state of temporary paralysis of fear.” — Our Days, January 2016 It…

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Celebrating Co-membership, Geography, Inclusivity

By Loretto Community / October 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

By Cecily Jones The journey of Stacy and Mike Leard from Goodyear, Ariz., (near Phoenix), where they live, to the motherhouse for the Labor Day weekend fulfilled a double purpose: to participate in the forum-sponsored leadership retreat for young adults and to celebrate their commitment as Loretto co-members. From the printed program for the Sept.…

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Loretto Heritage Center Earns Award of Merit for Leadership in History

By Loretto Community / November 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Eleanor Craig The Loretto Heritage Center Archives and Museum received an Award of Merit at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Sept. 19 in St. Paul, Minn. In announcing the award, AASLH President Terry Davis wrote, “The Leadership in History Award is the nation’s most prestigious competition…

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Kudos to Team that Guided Heritage Center from Start to Finish

By Loretto Community / November 17, 2014 / 0 Comments

By Roberta Hudlow When giving kudos to those who worked on the Heritage Center it is important to acknowledge those who contributed greatly. Kate Misbauer dreamed, researched, traveled, viewed the work of others and sought advice. Denise Ann Clifford hunted for and raised money to make Kate’s dream a reality. The talented and knowledgeable Michael…

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Earth Spirituality at the Motherhouse

By Loretto Community / May 2, 2014 / 0 Comments

A few years ago, the Loretto Earth Network co-produced a beautiful short film that shares the story of Cedars of Peace, a cordwood cabin on land at the Loretto Motherhouse. Susan Classen’s reflections both inspire and motivate. It has been a special resource for reflection on the spirituality of our relationship with Earth, as well as an inspiration to take action to live more simply and sustainably. Now, for the first time, it is available online!

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