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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)

Monsignor Phillips next to Campanile while being builtOn May 1, 1964, the 95 feet high bell tower crown with a 25-foot, gold-leafed bronze figure of the Blessed Mother was dedicated to the visitors of the Grotto of Lourdes as a gift of the Pangborn Foundation of Hagerstown, Maryland. The Pangborn Memorial Campanile stands on the site of Father John DuBois' original Church on the Hill, which burned down on July 4, 1913. Fr. DuBois founded Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary.

The bell tower is seen for miles across Pennsylvania and Maryland and draws thousands of people to stop and discover the Grotto. The image of Mother Mary shines as a beacon of hope for those who pass this sacred spot. The bells in the tower ring out every 15 minutes to remind us of Our Lord's light and inspiration.

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