The Loretto Community consists of Sisters of Loretto and Loretto Co-members, women and men who are members of the Community and share its values and mission. The congregation of the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross was founded on the Kentucky frontier in 1812, making it one of the first Roman Catholic communities of women religious established in the United States. Today, our 143 Sisters and 201 Co-members continue to live out the Loretto Community’s mission to “work for justice and act for peace because the Gospel urges us.”
Traditionally a teaching order, the Loretto Community has expanded its work into many fields to promote justice, including education, healthcare, elder care, environmental stewardship and advocacy. We serve throughout the United States, in addition to our missions and partnerships in Pakistan, Ghana and Guatemala. Our Motherhouse is located in Nerinx, Ky., with our Central Office in Denver and staff office in St. Louis.