Preserve, Restore and Grow Mount St. Mary's National Shrine Grotto
Dear Pilgrims of the National Shrine Grotto,
Mount Saint Mary’s Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a National and Marian Shrine to which 400,000 pilgrims flock every year. This number continues to grow annually. It is in the state of Mary-land, which has a long Catholic and Marian tradition in the United States. It is in the diocese of Baltimore, the first diocese of America. And it is in a great, first world country that has, as its Patroness, the Immaculate Conception.
This year, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Grotto becoming a national shrine. For 60 years, Mary’s comforting assistance has been available to you, me and hundreds of thousands of visitors. However, now more than ever, our families need the Mother of God. While reflecting on this anniversary, we recognize it is our mission to continue to grow awareness of Our Lady especially for our loved ones who are searching for peace of soul and consolation during times of affliction.
Therefore, we have embarked on a vision to preserve the serenity of these holy grounds and to nurture them as a place of prayer and consolation through restoration and growth.
I am grateful for your generosity and pray that you consider continuing to support this mission especially during these next few years. We invite you to become a special part of this endeavor. Please contact me so I may share with you more details.
Please pray for an increase in devotion to Mary, for answers, healing, peace, hope, love to continue through this holy place!
Your sister in Christ,
National Shrine Grotto Director
National Shrine Grotto Team: (bottom row) Peter Ferguson, Jules Mastromatteo, Patrick Gill, Chris Coli; and (top row) Dawn Walsh, Jessica Root, Fr. Daniel Mentesana, IVE, Lori Stewart, Keenan Aungst and James Graybeal