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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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Welcome to Knobs …

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2023 /
Two story brick building with white trim around the front posts, door and window frames.

Knobs Haven: Warm, welcoming retreat spaces for individuals and groups Knobs Haven is ‘a place of wholeness in a fragmented world.’ A retreatant describes Knobs HavenLoretto Magazine, 1981 Hospitality and…

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Cedars of Peace: Retreat hermitages in the sacred woods of Kentucky

By Christina Manweller / February 20, 2023 /
Small wooden cabin with a front porch.

… rest a while Sojourners on life’s journey find gifts abounding at Cedars. Quiet is interspersed with bird symphony. Solitude rocks you in gentle arms. Body and soul encounter deep…

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Come away

By Christina Manweller / February 19, 2023 /
Looking up to the canopy of tall trees, with sunlight filtering through the leaves.

When people are here, they are immersed in a healthy ecosystem and experience themselves as part of it.’ Susan Classen CoLCedars of Peace caretaker Welcome! The Loretto Motherhouse retreat centers,…

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Loretto’s ecumenical retreat centers welcome you

By Christina Manweller / February 17, 2023 /
Sunlight streams in through an open window onto an easy chair flanked by a table and floor lamp. Green woods are visible through the window.

Cherishing the peace at Cedars The first time I stayed at Cedars of Peace, coming from a busy city and work, it took a full day for my breathing to…

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Students give back at the Motherhouse

By Sister Anndavid Naeger SL / February 17, 2023 /
Two high school girls holding garden tools stand outside in mulch next to two women, also holding garden tools, for a photo.

After the long pandemic-caused delay of two summers, the student volunteers from our three Loretto-connected high schools in St. Louis, Denver and El Paso returned for a week with us.…

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Sisters of Loretto permanently preserve 650 acres of ‘holy land’ in Kentucky

By Loretto Community / January 26, 2023 /

Published by Earthbeat on January 26, 2023 The region in central Kentucky where the Sisters of Loretto have resided for 200 years is often described as “holy land.” Now, more…

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Sisters of Loretto sign historic conservation agreement

By Loretto Community / January 23, 2023 /

Published by The Record on January 20, 2023 The Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, Ky., signed an agreement Jan. 18 with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy that will conserve more than…

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A 2-century-old Catholic convent is fighting for conservation in Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 20, 2023 /

Published by Louisville Public Media on January 19, 2023 For a 2-century-old Catholic convent outside Loretto, Ky., conservation is an act of faith. In a state where prosperity was forged…

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Sisters of Loretto permanently protect 650 acres in Marion County, Ky.

By Loretto Community / January 18, 2023 /
Close-up photo of a field of yellow flowers in bloom.

NERINX, KY – The Sisters of Loretto today, Jan. 18, signed an historic agreement with the Bluegrass Land Conservancy to conserve more than 650 acres of the congregation’s nearly 800-acre…

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Loretto Wishes You Joy of Heart This Advent: Veni, Veni Emmanuel!

By Loretto Community / December 5, 2022 /

Most Roman Catholic churches do not read the Entrance Antiphon anymore because we are singing instead! But this year the message sets the tone for the Advent we need. It…

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Artist Residencies at the Motherhouse

By Eleanor Craig SL / December 1, 2022 /

The Loretto Community at the Motherhouse is partnering with the Kentucky Foundation for Women (KFW) to offer artist residencies of one to three weeks. The residencies are open to feminist…

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The Sisters of Loretto Share a Kinship With the Earth

By Loretto Community / November 14, 2022 /
A bee feeds on a yellow flower.

An anthropologist looks to a religious community of women in rural Kentucky for scientifically informed lessons in land stewardship. Could they be a model for activists and policymakers to move…

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