Our Lady of Lourdes National Shrine - History
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine was opened on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 1926 by the Good Shepherd Sisters on property that was home to the 'Harms Farms.'
In 1952, the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity took over the operation of the Shrine.
The Shrine is a replica of the Grotto in Lourdes, France. Incorporated into the Grotto are two stones taken from the stone upon which Our Lady appeared in Lourdes. The water from the Grotto flows freely over one of these holy relics.
Since its opening, thousands of pilgrims from across the country and from Canada have come to honor Our Lady and place their petitions before her. Hundreds of favors, both spiritual and temporal, have been reported as granted.
Today, the Shrine is owned and operated by the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity. The Shrine is available for pilgrims and parish groups to come for prayer and reflections. The Sisters host and conduct retreats and days of recollection as requested.
The St. Ann Dining Room is available for groups who wish to spend the day. Conference rooms are also available for a few hours or all day meetings.
Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes
The Knights and Lady Knights of Our Lady of Lourdes was organized and officially approved by the late Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Schrembs, D.D. on November 5, 1927.
These men and women have banded together to safeguard the interests of Our Lady at her Shrine by maintaining the silence and order befitting the immediate environs of the Grotto.
They assist as ushers at Masses, afternoon services, and on evenings during Novenas. They also lead the Rosary and Processions and assist the Pilgrimage guests in any way possible.
Added to these duties, the wonderful Knights and Lady Knights contribute their labors on weekends and evenings in order to help with landscaping and care for the grounds surrounding the Grotto, thereby, greatly assisting the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity in their work at the Shrine.
For more information about becoming a Knight or a Lady Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, contact the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity at 216-481-8232 or firstname.lastname@example.org