"In the mountains of Emmitsburg, MD, about five hundred yards from Mount St. Mary's College and Seminary, Mary waits at the Grotto for those seeking peace, seeking a place for quiet prayer and reflection, seeking comfort. Drawn by "a light in the mountain," Father John Dubois, a priest from France, founded the natural grotto formed from the water flowing off the mountain through the base of a huge oak tree."
"St. Elizabeth Ann Seton came to the mountain in 1809 and often taught and ate meals at the grotto. Today, as children wander around the stone walls, we can envision Mother Seton and her sisters who would "ramble for a time around the grotto" and "amuse themselves until time for Vespers and Benediction." excerpt from "Visiting Mary: Her U.S. Shrines and Their Graces"
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