Frequently Asked Questions
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?
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 email@example.com 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 0.2 miles from the retreat buildings.
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.
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.
Can I request a special menu?
What is provided in each retreat area?
What do I need to bring with me to retreat?
During this time of Covid modifications, please bring all of your food with you.
How much does it cost to stay overnight?
What are the times for Mass and community prayer? *
What are the meal times in the Motherhouse dining room? *
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.