“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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Merry Christmas to All From the Loretto Community: The Story of the Christmas Crèche

By Loretto Community / December 20, 2021 /
A Christmas star on top of a building is profiled against the pinks and purples of the sky at sunset.

Is your crib set up? Years of religious imagination have created Christmas crèches that tell the story of that holy night.  Stories and images frame our traditions giving us a…

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Take a Break and Discover Rich History of the Loretto Community

By Loretto Community / December 13, 2021 /
Archival photo of a Sister of Loretto with her class in 1890

Located on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky., the Heritage Center houses documents and artifacts from the 200-plus year history of the Sisters of Loretto and Loretto…

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Cattle Care at the Motherhouse Part Two

By Loretto Community / December 1, 2021 /
Two brown cattle standing in a white-fenced pasture showing off their tags.

By Angela Rakes In last month’s article, we followed the cows through calving and discussed the cattle healthcare protocols. In this article, we will explore the lives of the cattle,…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 18, 2021 /
Colorful banner featuring these words from Unamuno's quote "to remain silent is to lie." Banner by Robert Strobridge CoL

During the 2021 Assembly, Loretto invited all to observe its “I Was Here” Project, a ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more…

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Ritual of Remembrance and Sanctification

By Loretto Community / November 15, 2021 /

A ritual of remembrance and sanctification at the Loretto Motherhouse, a community of wounding for more than fifty individuals enslaved between 1812-1865. The event program is here. Watch it live…

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Cattle Care at the Motherhouse Part One

By Loretto Community / November 1, 2021 /
Three young cows with pink ear tags looking at the camera while laying in a bed of hay in a wood and metal barn.

By Angela Rakes As Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Loretto Motherhouse, I often get questions about the Motherhouse Farm’s raising of cattle for meat. As part of the Farm…

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Bernie Feeney Celebrates 75 Years

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2021 /
Bernie Feeney, a woman with short white hair, glasses and black and white dress clothes smiling for a picture in front of an indoor church stage next to a large vase of colorful flowers.

By Eleanor Craig and Anndavid Naeger Bernie Feeney celebrated her 75th anniversary as a Sister of Loretto on Aug. 14 and 15. COVID-19 kept her friends in the Infirmary and…

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Loretto Motherhouse Farm and Values

By Loretto Community / October 1, 2021 /
Pumpkins and colorful corn, festive for autumn.

By Angela Rakes, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Loretto Motherhouse As the Loretto Motherhouse Farm moves to raising more local food, we are also committed to using our resources to…

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Family Ag Day at the “Crossroads”

By Loretto Community / September 1, 2021 /
A man wearing a baseball cap, t-shirt, and khaki shorts walking a black and white speckled chicken on a leash.

Butter churning, animal petting, honeybee observing, grain sandboxes and the smell of the Marion County Cattlemen’s grill greeted 350 excited visitors, children and adults alike, to the “Crossroads” exhibit/Loretto Motherhouse…

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The Gift of Trees at the Motherhouse

By Martha Alderson CoL / May 13, 2021 /
Dawn redwood tree leafing out

By Martha Alderson (for the Farm and Land Committee of the Motherhouse Coordinating Board with information from Susan Classen) ‘So much is unfolding that must complete its gesture.‘So much is…

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Regenerative Farming at the Loretto Motherhouse Farm

By Loretto Community / May 7, 2021 /

Loretto Motherhouse Farm’s Farm Director, Cody Rakes, and his wife, Angela Rakes, the Motherhouse Education and Outreach Coordinator, gave a Zoom presentation on regenerative farming to Louisville’s First Unitarian Church for a special…

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Anchoresses in the Infirmary: Life During the Pandemic

By Joy Jensen SL / May 5, 2021 /
Long, four story brick building with a cross above the entrance.

In March 2020, life changed for us residents of the infirmary. In medieval England anchorites and anchoresses lived alone in stone cells attached to a church and had the mission…

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