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About the Grotto

Our Mission

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic shrine devoted to Our Blessed Mother Mary, is a place of worship, pilgrimage, evangelization and reconciliation.

This beautiful mountain shrine features one of the oldest American replicas of the Lourdes shrine in France, built about two decades after the apparition of Mary at Lourdes in 1858, and attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year from all over the world. It offers the occasion for a deepening conversion, a step forward in the journey to God, with Mary as the model for that journey.

Read more about the History of the Grotto

Director's Message

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Dear Friends of the Grotto,

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes devoted to Our Mother Mary, is a beacon of light, hope, courage and inspiration for those who visit this sacred spot.

I am fortunate to be at this holy place nearly every day and continue to be astounded by the grace and generosity that you, our beloved pilgrims and supporters, bring to the Grotto of Lourdes.

Please know that we are here for you and want to make your experience at the Grotto of Lourdes memorable. May God continue to hear and know your every thought and every prayer uttered, and will attend to your needs according to His All Merciful Providence.



Lori Stewart, M.B.A. '11
Director of the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Meet the National Shrine Grotto Team

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Cynthia M. Kokoski
Assistant Director of the Grotto

Dawn Walsh

Dawn Walsh
St. Bernadette's Shoppe Manager

Fr.Mike   Fr. Robert

Fr. Mike Messaro and Fr. Robert Malagesi, M.SS.CC.
Chaplains at the Grotto

Maria Henry

Maria Henry
St. Bernadette's Shoppe Assistant


Lydia Mason

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Graduate Assistant
Mount St. Mary's University

Kacie, Aurea, Rosalyn, Melissa, Matthew G.,
Matthew M., Michael K., Michael N., Julia, Joe

Student Hospitality Team

Tink, Dave and Al


We understand your generosity is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that we merit the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have rights.

For more information about the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
please fill out our Grotto Information Request Form.

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