*ATTENTION VISITORS: After many years of pedestrians and vehicles sharing the road between the parking lot and pathways to the Grotto, we have gratefully received the funding (Restore Mount St. Mary's Grotto) from generous donors to modify the parking and pedestrian traffic in order to create a safer environment. We now have a shuttle stop and service provided for those who are in need of assistance.
The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, a Catholic national 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.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (gates close at 5 p.m.).
Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. and during Special Times
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.
Transportation is available from the parking lot to the Miller Family Visitors Center.
Call (301) 447-5318 for reservations.
The newly dedicated Shrine of Saint Sharbel
To learn more about our newly dedicated shrine to Saint Sharbel, a Maronite monk from Lebanon, please click the image below
To view an archive of National Shrine Grotto Bulletins, please click the image below
Watch May Crowning video on Facebook
A Place of Saints, Pilgrims A look at
the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
Michael R. Heinlein The Priest