A quiet place of contemplation, the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is a replica of the Grotto Lourdes in France. Built of local fieldstone by two Montfort Brothers, Brother Alfonso, and Brother Gabriel, with the help of Montfort seminarians and people from the area, the Shrine was dedicated in 1958.
The Montfort Missionaries developed the Shrine so that individuals, families, and groups could come to pray, reflect on their own lives, and imitate Mary’s life of faithful discipleship.
The Grotto is the site for Mass and other services held in the open air from May through mid-October.
In addition to participating in the liturgy and prayer at the Grotto, you can follow the Way of the Cross which winds up the Shrine’s wooded hillside to a Calvary Scene at the summit of the hill. You can also walk paths leading to smaller shrines of the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph, St. Jude, St. Michael, and St. Louis de Montfort.
The grounds of the Shrine are open year-round, from dawn to dusk. The Grotto Gift Shop at Lourdes in Litchfield is open on weekends only from 11:30-4:00 for the months of January and February, weather permitting. A 30% discount will be offered on selected Christmas items during this time. Regular hours will resume in March.
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is located on 50 Montfort Road just off of Rte. 118 within a mile of the Litchfield Village Green. For more information click here.