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When Our blessed Mother appeared to young St. Bernadette in 1858, she changed the life of this peasant girl. She has also changed the lives of many others who seek her healing intercession under her miraculous title, Our Lady of Lourdes.

Through the power of God, Our Lady of Lourdes offers comfort, hope and often healing.

Bernadette returned to the Sacred Grotto many times to witness Our Lady of Lourdes' presence. We, too, turn to Our Blessed Mother time and time again, seeking her presence and her quiet strength. She is with us, always knowing our pain and fears - always embracing our needs.

 

Frederic Romanet du Caillaud, made his residence in Sudbury between 1902 and 1914. A native of Limoges, France, he owned vast parcels of land in downtown Sudbury. One day, as his wife lay seriously ill, he promised to build a grotto in Mary's honour if she was cured. A bronze statue was commissioned from the Denonville Founderie in France. A 20 foot grotto, containing a nine foot magnificent statue of Mary was completed on August 22, 1907.

An iron fence was constructed in front of the statue which contains the name:  Regina Gallorum (Queen of the Gauls)

The statues of The Stations of the Cross were erected by the Rosary Club in 1954. During the 1950's thousands of people gathered to pay homage to the Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and walk among the statues erected on the site overlooking Lake Ramsay and the City's downtown section. 

It is a tranquil retreat and a powerful reminder of the dramatic events that surrounded the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The mile long gravel trail winds its way among statues and peaceful garden scenes where one can focus their spiritual thoughts and to reflect upon their personal condition and needs. The hill is crowned with a monumental crucifix embedded in a concrete platform. The Grotto is an artistic and historic site which is a must to see by everyone who travels through this city. Not just for its religious significance, but for the sheer beauty and magnificence of the area.
MAGNIFICENCE & SPLENDOR
 
Nestled in the heart of Greater Sudbury, the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in the year 2007. The Grotto, was commissioned by a mining explorer from France, Frederic Romanet du Caillaud, as a tribute to Our Lady of Lourdes for the recovery of his wife from an illness in 1907. Situated on 5.1 acres of beautiful parkland, the Grotto provides visitors with a retreat from everyday life and an opportunity to explore the Judeo-Christian heritage, a history of humanity. The official celebration will take place on August 15, 2007. There will also be a calendar of centennial events posted on this web site that will take us through the entire year.

Please take a walk along the path leading to the Grotto which is located on the side of the hill overlooking Lake Ramsey. 

  We are sure you will enjoy the beauty and splendor of the garden and will understand why this is such a popular place of reflection for so many of our local residents and visitors.

The little monuments you see along the side of the hill above are devotions to special events that occurred in the life of Our Holy Mother, Mary.

The cement path winds its way along the magnificent garden, bringing you closer and closer to the Grotto site.

One feels a tremendous sense of anticipation as you near the Grotto and see the benches that have been put in place for worshipers.

The vision of St. Theresa kneeling in prayer at the foot of the Grotto is in itself inspiring.

One finally arrives in front of Our Holy Mother to experience the sense of peace and inspiration that so many others have felt for 100 years at this very same spot.
 

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