Frequently Asked Questions


What are the meal times in the Motherhouse dining room?Breakfast: 7:45 – 8:30am (no bell)
Lunch: 12:10 (bell will ring) NOTE: This is the main meal of the day.
Supper: 5:30 (bell will ring) NOTE: This is a much lighter fare than the noon meal. The supper line closes promptly at 6:00pm.

What are the times for Mass and community prayer?

Tuesday, Thursday:  Mass – 7:00am;  Lauds – 6:35am;  Vespers – 5:15pm
Wednesday:  Mass – 3:30 pm;  Lauds – 7:15am;  Vespers – 5:15pm
Monday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:  Mass – 10:00am;  Lauds – 7:15am;  Vespers – 5:15pm

(Exception: On holy days and legal holidays, Mass is at 10:00 a.m.)


All are welcome.

What is the cost to stay at Knobs Haven? 

The fee for an overnight stay is $60/person/night, including up to three meals in the dining room.  For persons staying one night only, the fee is $65/person.




What is provided in the retreat areas?

• All linens are provided, including cloth napkins.
• Each retreat area has a modest kitchen with utensils, a few pots/pans, and appliances for food storage and preparation.
• An excellent water filter is installed in each kitchen. No need to bring commercially-bottled water!
• Coffee & tea are available for individual retreatants. (Groups need to bring their own between-meals coffee, tea, and condiments.)
• Dish soap and soap for hand-washing. No bath-soap provided.


What do I need to bring with me to retreat?

• Individuals should bring their own personal items, including bath soap.
• Groups need to bring their own between-meals coffee, tea, and condiments.




Can I request a special menu?

Our kitchen prepares meals for all those living at the Motherhouse, including the 85 residents in the licensed nursing home. Unfortunately, we are unable to honor special requests for vegetarian, gluten-free, or other diets. Please bring with you any special or alternative food items you may need.

Can I as an individual prepare my own meals?

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food and prepare your own meals. Please let us know in advance if you’ll be doing this.


Can our group prepare our own meals rather than eat in the dining room?

Well yes, of course, but we don’t encourage it, primarily because there is minimal food preparation space in the retreat areas. Some groups like to bring pre-prepared food from home to serve on the first night, and some groups like to bring their own breakfast items so they can stay in the retreat area for breakfast rather than walking over to the dining room. Except under special circumstances, the suggested contribution remains the same even if a group brings their own meals.


What appliances and equipment are provided in the kitchen in the retreat area?

The kitchen in each retreat area is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer, stove/oven, microwave, coffee pot, and toaster. Cookware includes an 8-qt stock pot, a 12” fry pan, a 2-qt sauté pan, and a small 1-qt pan, all of high-quality stainless steel. An excellent water filter is installed at each kitchen sink, so guests are encouraged to use this rather than brining commercially-bottled water.




Is there internet access?

Well….usually! There is reliable wireless and DSL access in some parts of the buildings which are open to retreatants. Some persons are able to receive wireless access from their bedrooms, but it is not without its snags in this rural area.  Wifi is almost always accessible on the first floor of the former Academy Building, where some retreatants stay.


Will I have cell-phone coverage there?

That depends on your carrier. Verizon and Bluegrass Cellular are very reliable here; other carriers are less so. Smart-phones seem to receive much better reception than regular cell phones. If you think that your cell phone might not work here, you may give out the following emergency numbers in case someone needs to get in touch with you:
1) 270-865-5291 (my home; call this number first)
2) 270-865-5811 (Motherhouse)


Is a screen with DVD player available?

Yes, a large screen with DVD player is available in the conference room of the former Academy Building.




Are there emergency numbers in case someone needs to get in touch with me?

1) 270-865-5291 (my home; call this number first)
2) 270-865-5811 (Motherhouse)


Are pets allowed?

No, pets are not allowed in the retreat areas. There is one cabin available for retreatants who wish to bring a quiet dog. Contact Susan Classen at Cedars of Peace for more information.


What is the smoking policy?

The Loretto Motherhouse buildings and grounds are smoke-free environments. Persons wishing to smoke may do so at the entrance to the property—about .2 mile from the retreat buildings.


When is the swimming pool open?

Generally, the pool is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Entry to the pool is through the attached bath house, for which a key is required. The bath house has changing areas and a shower. Towels for use at the pool are available in the retreat areas.


All guests who use the pool are required to sign a waiver, as well as register in the guest book.


Are there places to walk?

The Motherhouse property consists of 780 acres of land. Paved and gravel roads and walkways are plentiful around the buildings and houses. Walks to Mary’s Lake, and to the hermitages, the outdoor labyrinth, and to Joseph’s Lake, are about ½ mile each on gravel roads. A wooded, mulched path around the perimeter of Mary’s Lake is lovely for a stroll, and a circle trail through the woods begins and ends at the outdoor labyrinth. Guests are welcome to explore the woods, though appropriate footwear, socks, and insect repellent are recommended. Except for one or two weekends per year, no hunting is allowed on this property; nevertheless, caution is urged during hunting season when walking through the woods.


Can I fish in or boat on the lakes?

Fishing is allowed at Joseph’s Lake and at Badin Pond. Interested persons must have their own Kentucky fishing license, and obtain a free permit at the Motherhouse receptionist desk. No boating is allowed on the lakes.


Do you recycle?

The entire Loretto Community takes seriously our relationship with and responsibility for our planet. We seek your assistance in this regard, and are grateful for your own efforts toward ecologically-sustainable living. The following types of materials can be recycled here: Office paper, newspaper, glossy paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum, glass, and tin cans. Containers for compost are located in each kitchen.

Knobs Haven

JoAnn Gates

(email preferred)


515 Nerinx Rd

Nerinx, KY 40049

Cedars of Peace

Susan Classen

(email preferred)


515 Nerinx Rd

Nerinx, KY 40049