Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

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 lorettoretreats@lorettomotherhouse.org 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, 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?


As long as the COVID virus is a concern, the Motherhouse Dining Room protocols will fluctuate depending on current circumstances. <font> At some times, retreatants who wish may go through the food line and then eat in the courtyard or the dining room annex. At other times, individuals and groups need to bring and prepare all their own food.</font> As you plan for your retreat, check with JoAnn for current information about the dining room status. 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.




What is provided in each retreat area?


- All linens are provided, including cloth napkins. - 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?


- Bring your personal items, including bath soap (and a face mask during COVID). - Between-meal snacks and drinks. As long as the COVID virus is a concern, the Motherhouse Dining Room protocols will fluctuate depending on current circumstances. Individuals and groups may need to bring and prepare all their own food. As you plan for your retreat, check with JoAnn for current information about the dining room status.




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 are the times for Mass and community prayer? *


DUE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS FOR THE MOTHERHOUSE RESIDENTS, THE MOTHERHOUSE CHURCH IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NON-RESIDENTS. We look forward to when we can welcome you among us once again! If you are interested in attending services, we recommend checking with either of these locations which are both nearby (within 20 minutes) to see if they are welcoming visitors: Abbey of Gethsemani: https://monks.org St. Rose Priory Church: https://strosespringfield.org 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




What are the meal times in the Motherhouse dining room? *


As long as the COVID virus is a concern, the Motherhouse Dining Room protocols will fluctuate depending on current circumstances. At some times, retreatants who wish may go through the food line and then eat in the courtyard or the dining room annex. At other times, individuals and groups need to bring and prepare all their own food. As you plan for your retreat, check with JoAnn for current information about the dining room status. 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.




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 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.




Is there a place to charge electric vehicles?


Yes! We have a charging station able to accommodate 2 electric vehicles. It can be found just to the right of the Art gallery, up near the Knobs Haven house.