The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes


Dear Friends,

The month of May, considered the season of new life, is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We revere her and we remind ourselves that Mary is a guide, for she is our Mother who prays for us, supports us, and leads us closer to her Son.

Recently, the following account of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes’ construction on the Mount Saint Dominic grounds in Caldwell was found in our archives. While the veracity of the account cannot be confirmed, the story is worth sharing.               

The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes was completed in 1915, and the manner of its construction was unique. A humble traveler, a mason by trade, came to the sisters at the Mount seeking food and shelter in exchange for work. For some years, the sisters had wished to erect a grotto, so they gave the man work gathering all the stones he could find on the premises. He then constructed the grotto, a scaled-down version of the one in Lourdes, France, which he had seen in his travels. After the man completed the work, he left as mysteriously as he came. Benefactors of the Community of the Sisters of Saint Dominic finished the grotto by gifting the imported marble statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Bernadette Soubirous.

During the past 106 years, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes has been the scene of many religious functions. May processions often terminated there with Our Lady crowned as Queen, after which the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was celebrated. Many pilgrims who are devoted to Our Lady have visited in order to recite the rosary and other prayers in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Time and the climate have taken its toll on this beautiful site. A generous donor has already made a contribution towards its preservation and the project is now underway. We thought you might like to be a part of this renovation too.

As you take time to reflect on Mary’s virtues and venerate her this May, please consider making a gift in honor of the Blessed Virgin to the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. A gift from you will make the preservation of the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes on the sisters’ grounds possible so that it will continue to be a place of peace, prayer, and natural beauty for all people.

We thank you, our generous benefactors, who have followed Mary’s good example by your kindness to the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell.


Sister Luella Ramm, OP, Prioress 

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