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Pangborn Campanile with FireworksThe Pangborn Memorial Campanile was dedicated to the glory of God and His Blessed Mother in May of 1964. It was a gift of the Pangborn Foundation, Hagerstown, Maryland. The tower is 95-feet tall and is adorned with a 25-foot gold-leafed bronze figure of the Blessed Mother. It can be seen from miles away and marks the spot where Father John DuBois founded the original church on the hill in 1807. Inside, it contains 14 cast bronze bells which ring the Angelus and other melodies every hour.  

Join us on Sunday May 4, 2014 at 12p.m. for a mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Pangborn Memorial Campanile. We hope that you can take the time to come and celebrate this special occasion with us!

(contributed by Matthew Graham)

St. Joseph Alumnae Reunion
About 100 alumnae from St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg (classes of 1954-1974), had a delightful time on Friday, March 28, 2014, gathering at the Grotto for a reception hosted by Mrs. Irene Powell. St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, was an all-girls, 4-year liberal arts College. It closed its doors in 1974, but the St. Joseph College Alumnae association remains strong. Mount St. Mary's College, then all-male, opened its doors to women in 1972. The ladies commented that the serenity and graces they had remembered from their college pilgrimages to Our Lady’s Grotto were rekindled there as they once again strolled the pathways which were once walked by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, their foundress.
Many of the ladies were married to Mount St. Mary's men, known as "Mounties." Here is a quote from one of the Golden class of 1964:   Little did I appreciate then what came to be the most wonderful gift of my life.....a long loving relationship based on the values enriched by our college experience.
(Contributor: Kathleen Hollenbeck)

Healing Mass

In celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes Feast Day on Tuesday, February 11th, a special Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick was held in St. Mary’s Chapel on the  Hill. Over one hundred people attended the Mass and many more braved the frigid temperatures to visit the Grotto throughout the day to honor our Lady on this special feast.

Father Tom Smith, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, was the celebrant for the Mass.  He gave a moving Homily about how God heals us in many ways beyond just our physical nature and reminded us that we need to trust in God’s providence. The Anointing service was very moving and left attendees spiritually renewed with a sense of peace and tranquility.

We look forward to having another Mass of Healing and Anointing of the Sick this summer. Stay connected with us online, in the mail, and in person to keep up to date on the latest happenings at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.   

New parking graphicWith all of these exciting additions, we are experiencing growing pains. More and more visitors are coming to the Grotto to seek comfort in a time of need or to search for peaceful reflection. It is not unusual to see large groups of pilgrims (as seen in this picture) visit the Grotto especially on weekends.

Because of these exciting developments, we have devised a new parking plan. The parking area between the new Mother Teresa Shrine and St. Mary's Chapel is becoming more of a walkway rather than a place to park. It has become unsafe for our visitors, so we are moving all parking (except for a few handicap spaces) to the lower parking lot. You will need to walk a little bit more, but we promise you, it is worth it!

Daily drop-off/ Pick-up transportation to and from the lower parking will be available once the new parking plan goes into effect.

Grotto Student AmbassadorsWe are providing opportunities for seven Mount students as ambassadors of the mission at the Grotto. Our students assist with creating a pleasant experience for our visitors through the compassion they offer and the personal attention they give to each Grotto pilgrim.

Michael’s mom, Karen, told me, “With all of the worries of college life, we feel Michael and the students at the Mount have some special protection with Our Lady's arms stretched out over the beautiful campus!” 

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