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Construction Begins on Grotto Visitor Center

visitor centerEmmitsburg, Maryland – Earth began moving at the Mount’s National Shrine Our Lady of Lourdes as construction on the new Visitor Center started in late August.

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The 4,000 square-foot structure will house administrative offices, a gallery, gift shop, museum area depicting the history of the Grotto and an outdoor cloister area for visitors to enjoy.

“We are thrilled construction has kicked-off.  We have a glorious National Shrine on our campus here at Mount St. Mary’s  and it is about time we have top-notch center to welcome our many visitors,” says President Thomas Powell.

 “The Center will be open to the public all year-round,” says Bill Tronolone, director of the Grotto.  “The addition of the Visitor Center makes the Grotto a year-round destination spot for those visiting, who may be held back during the winter months or inclement weather.”

The $2.7 million project is funded primarily by donor gifts to the Grotto and completion of the Center is expected in March-2013.  The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes will remain open during the construction with regular hours and masses held daily.

For more information on the Grotto please visit,

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315