Surprisingly, a lot goes on behind the scenes at the Grotto on campus. The Grotto is like a small business with operations, marketing and finances. As the Grotto continues to grow, the more people are necessary to continue the spiritual refreshment, healing and deeper holiness that this holy place has been for thousands of pilgrims each and every year.
Students participation in operating the Grotto has doubled... tripled within the past two years. Today, the Grotto is blessed to have:
- two graduate assistants
- two students earning marketing internship credits
- two students as scholarship recipients
- six work study program students, and
- five seminarians (one deacon, two pre-deacon)
These young students are bringing a whole new level of vibrancy to the grounds. I imagine it was very similar 200 years ago when Fr. DuBois, Fr. Brute, Mother Seton and her sisters where here. Full of ideas, creativity and energy - all wanting to share this special, spiritual place with every person possible!
Here is one student's reflection:
Well, what exactly can I say about working at the Grotto? I love everything that the Grotto has to offer. I love helping around and meet all sorts of people from different countries! I love the different languages they speak and of the culture that they bring.
The Grotto offers lovely scenery and is a great place to reflect and pray. I feel as if working at the Grotto brings me much closer to my faith.
Although the stairs (between main campus and the Grotto) are quite intimidating and somewhat troublesome, it is well worth the hike. When I reach to the top of the stairs and stare at the horizons and down at the university. Working here will never stop putting a smile on my face.
Melissa Sorto-Zepeda, Class of 2017