The Loretto Motherhouse is the traditional “home place” for the Sisters of Loretto and is a spiritual center for the broader Loretto Community, “which seeks to praise God and serve the near and farther neighbor by educating ourselves and others in the ways of peace and justice.” We are located on 788 acres in Nerinx, KY, about 60 miles from Louisville.
The Loretto Motherhouse property has been a working farm from the time Rev. Stephen Badin purchased the land in 1796 and named it St. Stephen’s Farm. It became home to the Sisters of Loretto in 1824, the center from which Loretto sent teachers to the western frontier and later as far as China, South America, Africa, and Pakistan. The 788-acre property today is the permanent home for about 100 sisters and co-members and includes the farm, a licensed long-term care facility, residential buildings, and two retreat centers. As much as possible, the Community’s spiritual values guide our decision-making and planning at the Motherhouse.
Retreatants at both Cedars of Peace and Knobs Haven are welcome to explore the beautiful Motherhouse grounds.