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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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The Secret Garden Revisited: A Reflection

By Joy Jensen SL / October 1, 2018 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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

By Joy Jensen SL / June 1, 2018 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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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