Frequently Asked Questions

Regarding Meal and Prayer Schedule


NON-RESIDENTS. All groups and individuals need to bring and prepare their own food. We look forward to when we can welcome you into the dining room once again! 

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?

  • Daily: Lauds at 7:00 AM;  Vespers at 5:15 PM

  • Mass –Wednesday at 3:30 PM; Saturday at 4:00 PM

  • Communion Service - Monday, Thursday, Friday at 3:30 PM; Sunday at 10:00 AM

  • Quiet Meditation - Tuesday at 3:30 PM

All are welcome.

How much does it cost to stay overnight?

  • For two or more nights, with no meals in the dining room: $50/person/night

  • For one night only, with no meals in the dining room: $60/person/night

What is provided in each retreat area?

  • All linens are provided, including cloth napkins. Please see Covid Guidelines form for current information about linens.

  • A full kitchen with appliances, cookware, bakeware, dishes and utensils.

  • An excellent water filter is installed in each kitchen. No need to bring commercially-bottled water!

  • Dish soap and soap for hand-washing. 

  • In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint, we do not provide paper products (other than toilet paper), and strongly urge guests to use the dishes, utensils and cloth napkins available in each kitchen.


What do I need to bring with me to retreat?

During this time of Covid modifications, please bring all of your food with you. 

  • Bring your personal items, including bath soap. 

  • Between-meal snacks and drinks.

Can I request a special menu?

No meals in the Motherhouse dining room are available at this time.

Our kitchen prepares meals for all those living at the Motherhouse, including the 85 residents in the licensed nursing facility. Let us know if you are vegetarian and the kitchen staff can add some vegetarian items to the food line. However, we are unable to accommodate full vegetarian and other special diets.   Please bring with you any special or alternative food items you may need.


Are any grocery stores nearby?

  • Foodland and Dollar General, which sell basic food items, are in the town of Loretto, 2 miles away. 

  • An IGA & a Sav-A-Lot are in Springfield, about 15 minutes away.

  • A Kroger is in Bardstown, about 25 minutes away.

Is there internet access?

Yes, wifi is available in both retreat areas.


Will I have cell-phone coverage there?

Verizon and AT&T have nearby towers. Coverage from other providers can be spotty. If you think that your cell phone might not work here, you may give the following (see next item) emergency numbers to someone who may need to reach you.


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)


Is a screen with DVD player available?

A small screen with DVD player is available in either retreat area.

A large screen with DVD player is available in the Conference Room of the Academy Building. You must make arrangements in advance for use of the Conference Room.


Are pets allowed?

We're sorry, but pets are not allowed in the retreat areas. At Cedars of Peace, one cabin is available is for a retreatant with a quiet dog. Contact Amy at for more information.

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 several trails are available. Guests are welcome to explore the woods (beautiful in every season!), keeping in mind that both poison ivy and ticks are abundant. Appropriate footwear, socks, insect repellent and a hat are strongly recommended. 


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.


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.

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 0.2 miles from the retreat buildings.