January 3, 2023
Reprinted by permission of NCR Publishing Company www.NCROnline.org
By Damian Costello
Mother Seton, looking over her rock from Corpus Christi Chapel, still sings to St. Mary’s Mountain.
The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, Maryland, sits on the side of St. Mary’s Mountain and attracts more than 400,000 pilgrims a year. Though standing only 1,500 feet above sea level, the mountain’s 1,000-foot prominence above the surrounding plain makes it stand out.
I know the grotto well, having gone to Mount St. Mary’s University, which sits below the shrine. The grotto is part of the 1,300-acre campus, much of it on the mountain and preserved as forest.
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