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Visiting the Grotto


Miller Family Visitors CenterGraced with Beautiful Buildings and Amenities...

We welcome you to visit this beautiful shrine and garden in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes. During your visit, may the Blessed Virgin Mary, who brought us Jesus Christ, bring you peace and lead you to deeper holiness just as she has done for so many visitors to these holy grounds for many years.

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Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (gates close at 5 p.m.)

Pangborn Memorial Campanile

One first notices the Pangborn Memorial Campanile as they enter the grounds of the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

The bell tower was dedicated in 1964 as a gift of the Pangborn Foundation of Hagerstown, Maryland. It is 95 high and crowned with a 25-foot, gold-leafed bronze figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It stands on the site of Father DuBois' original Church on the Hill which was built in 1806 and burned down in 1913.

► Find out about the 50th anniversary celebration of the Campanile in May 2014.

The Campanile houses 14 cast bronze bells ranging from 99 to 1,408 pounds in weight. The bells were furnished by Petit and Fritsen, Ltd., Aarle-Ritel, Holland, and purchased from the I.T. Verdin Company in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Listen to the Pangborn Memorial Campanile playing Immaculate Mary

The Miller Family Visitors Center

The Richard and Mary Lee Miller Family Visitors Center is a magnificent addition to Our Lady's Grotto, and has been built for the convenience of our visitors. The Center houses administrative offices, restroom facilities and a gallery area, affording you an opportunity to learn of the history of Mount St. Mary's University, Seminary and Grotto of Lourdes. Your visit would not be complete without stopping by St. Bernadette's Shoppe and taking home a memento of your pilgrimage to this holy shrine. Thirsty? No problem, we've also added water and soda machines. We hope you will enjoy your visit!

St. Bernadette's Shoppe
Custom made National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes items, statues, t-shirts, rosaries, and more! Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Gallery
Featuring historical displays of Father DuBois' original Church on the Hill such as a white stone holy water fountain, a gift from Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton's son.


Directions

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is located just south of Emmitsburg, off of US Route 15.

From Baltimore
I-695 exit 20 to I-795 to MD 140. Follow MD 140 through Westminster and Taneytown to Emmitsburg. Follow the signs to US 15 south and travel approximately 3 miles; pass Mount St. Mary's University and look for signs (Grotto turn off will be on the right). After leaving US 15, turn left at the stop sign onto St. Anthony Rd. Turn right onto Grotto Rd.

From Washington, DC, and Frederick, MD
Take I-270 north to US 15, past Frederick and north towards Emmitsburg. Approximately 6 miles north of Thurmont look for signs. You will make a left turn just before arriving at Mount St. Mary's University. After leaving US 15, turn left at the stop sign onto St. Anthony Rd. Turn right onto Grotto Rd.

From Harrisburg, PA
Travel south on US 15 past the Emmitsburg exits. Follow US 15 south just beyond Mount St. Mary's University. Look for signs (Grotto turn off will be on the right). After leaving US 15, turn left at the stop sign onto St. Anthony Rd. Turn right onto Grotto Rd.

Parking

The Grotto of Lourdes has one paved parking lot for cars and buses, with more than 240 spaces, located approximately 1/8 of a mile from the Miller Family Visitors Center and entrance to the Grotto. Check out the Interactive Map of the Grotto for parking layout.

Need a ride from the parking lot?
Minimal handicapped parking spaces are available in front of St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill. However, Mount St. Mary's University students are available and happy to chauffeur you and your family from the parking lot to the Grotto grounds with either or four- or six-seater golf cart, both given to us by a generous donor. Request more information

Picnic Area

The Grotto of Lourdes has a picnic area near John Hughes Cabin and overlooking the Mount St. Mary's Seminary and valley. Please help us keep the area clean and free of food and trash. A trash bin is located near the picnic area. Recyclable bins are located in the Miller Family Visitors Center. See the Interactive Map of the Grotto for picnic area details.

Accessibility

All places in the Grotto are wheelchair accessible, except the steps immediately before Corpus Christi Chapel and the lane leading to The Calvary Setting statue by the Grotto Cave.

Wheelchairs are available, free of charge, in the Miller Family Visitors Center.


Group Reservations and RentalsVisitors

We welcome you and your group to visit this beautiful shrine in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Plan to take a self-guided tour, starting at the Miller Family Visitor Center. Be sure to take in all of the sites during your pilgrimage, and reserve some time to include a visit to the St. Bernadette's Shoppe before you leave. (Request more information)

So that we may be most hospitable to your group, please complete the Group Reservation Form.

Group Reservation and Rentals Form
See the Interactive Map of the Grotto
See event calendar for special celebrations...

The Miller Family Visitors Center is a great place to hold your retreats, meetings, seminars, prayer groups, etc. The building can accommodate parties of up to 53 people, and requires 48-hour notice to set up your event. Meeting room supplies, A/V equipment, onsite catering, and use of St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill for Mass and private devotions are available to help make your retreat most effective.

So that we may begin your retreat planning process at the Grotto, please complete the Group reservation form above.

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The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on Mount St. Mary's University campus is a place of reflection and prayer. No photos, videos, films or electronic images taken on Mount St. Mary's University property may be used for any commercial purposes without prior written authorization of the President of the University. Professional photographers must contact the University Communications Office before filming of any kind. The University reserves the right to refuse any project.

 
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