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The Grotto Visitors Center is Dedicated

Emmitsburg, Maryland – Mount St. Mary’s University celebrated a special Mass and ribbon-cutting on April 27 for the new Richard and Mary Lee Miller Family Visitors Center at the Mount’s National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes.

The Mass and blessing ceremony marked the near-completion of the center at the Shrine — the oldest known American replica of the Lourdes Shrine in France. The Miller Visitors Center will serve the more than 400,000 visitors who visit the Grotto each year. The 4,000-square-foot facility houses administrative offices, a gallery, gift shop, and museum depicting the history of the Grotto. It opens to the public on June 1.

Special honors were presented to Richard Miller and his wife, Mary Lee, who provided the lead gift for the Visitors Center.

“The generosity of the Miller family enhances the historic landscape of our blessed Grotto and also creates a glorious space for the community, and provides a year-round destination spot for the region,” said University President Thomas H. Powell.

Richard Miller graduated from Mount St. Mary's in 1974 with a degree in business. Today, he is the chief executive officer of Virtua — a non-profit, multi-hospital healthcare system headquartered in New Jersey.

“The Grotto is a place of healing, prayer and serenity,” said Mr. Miller. “It is a place where we have always found comfort in times of need, a place where we feel very close to the Blessed Mother and a very special place to pray. I am honored that my family and I will help to enhance the experience of the millions of people who visit the Grotto in times of need or just for peaceful reflection.”

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