As Friends of Mary at the Foot of the Cross, we are called to care for Earth in its pain, to celebrate its beauty, and to create space for its healing. Land is our common heritage, owned by no one, responsibly tended and cared for by each generation. Those responsible for land at any particular time should regard it as a sacred trust, received with gratitude, tended with care for its integrity and long-term sustainability.  

Loretto Land Ethic

The Loretto Community and the Loretto Motherhouse hold stewardship of Earth as a key value. We invite you to learn about our land conservation efforts and our green building work on the grounds.

Carbon offset

In standing in solidarity with Earth, we seek changes at the individual, institutional and societal levels.  From minimizing personal consumption to divesting from fossil fuels to advocating for infrastructure and legislation that promotes climate justice and cooperative economics, we continually discern — and then take — next steps to evolve in solidarity with Earth.


The Loretto Motherhouse property has been a working farm from the time Fr. Stephen Badin purchased the land in 1794 and named it St. Stephen’s farm. In 2012, the decision was made to place 78 acres of Motherhouse farm property in a federal Conservation Reserve Program. The program provides an economic incentive for farmers to take marginal cropland out of crop production in order to be used for conservation purposes.


In 2004 and 2005 an earthly-friendly cabin was built at Cedars of Peace. Based on the principle that nature transforms everything, the cabin was built using 18” lengths of cedar logs for the walls, old prayer kneelers as wainscoating, and many other materials that had been overlooked or discarded.


Concerned about the environmental impact of traditional burials, Loretto set aside 6 acres of woods and meadow as a natural burial site for Loretto Community members.