Listing Details

Loretto 1886 Modern Academy

    Marion – Nerinx – 1 Site, 8 Buildings

    Sites:  24 buildings - The campus of the Motherhouse is listed in National Register of Historic Places

    Address:  515 Nerinx Road, Nerinx



    Facebook:  @LorettoHeritage

    Contact:  Sister Eleanor Craig, 270-865-5811 ext. 3151, /  Susanna Pyatt, 270-865-5811 ext. 3151,

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    Event Info & Historic Site Features

    • Event Name

      Tour the Earliest Convent in the "Kentucky Holy Land"

    • Event Description

      The Sisters of Loretto, founded in central Kentucky in 1812, are one of the United States’ earliest Catholic women’s religious communities.  Their Motherhouse has been in its present location in Nerinx, since 1824. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this campus includes the early 1800s homes of pioneer priests Charles Nerinckx and Stephen Badin; academy buildings dating from the 1830s and 1880s; the 1860s church and convent buildings; residences and outbuildings constructed as the community expanded in the late 1800s and early 1900s; and the Infirmary built in the 1940s to provide care for aging Sisters. During Tour120, visitors will have the unique opportunity to be guided by docents through several of these historic buildings and learn about preservation efforts for this part of the “Kentucky Holy Land.”

    • Organization

      Loretto Heritage Center

    • County



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