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Group Pilgrimage to the Grotto

Plan to take our self-guided tour, starting by picking up a map at the Miller Family Visitor Center and walking through our devotional areas.

We welcome you and your group to visit this beautiful shrine in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Be sure to take in all of the sites during your pilgrimage, and save some time to include a visit to the St. Bernadette's Shoppe before you leave.

Group visiting Miller CenterSo that we may be most hospitable to your group, please complete the
Group Reservation Form.

Bus Groups/Tours
There is no charge for bus group visits unless you are reserving St. Mary's Chapel, the Miller Family Visitors Center, Corpus Christi Chapel, or are in need of some special set-up. However, donations are greatly appreciated!

Group Rental Spaces & Costs

St. Mary's Chapel or Grotto Cave
Both St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill and the Grotto Cave are available to reserve for Mass. The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes can provide the supplies for mass; however, we do not have the personnel to provide assistance with mass.

St. Mary's Chapel or Grotto Cave
Reservation Pricing

Groups less than 25


Groups of 25-50


Groups of 51-100


Groups over 100


Request the use of St. Mary's Chapel or the Grotto Cave through our group reservation form,
or or call us at  301-447-5318.

Retreat or Pilgrimage
Host a retreat or pilgrimage to the Grotto. The use of St. Mary's Chapel on the Hill, Grotto Cave area and our Retreat Room in the Miller Family Visitors Center are available to help make your retreat most effective.

Request a retreat through our group reservation form, or call us at  301-447-5318.

Retreat or Pilgrimage

Full Day


Half Day


Priest / Retreat Leader Services


Mount St. Mary's University contracts with Aramark for all dining and catering services at the Grotto. Guests have the option to have boxed lunches arranged for the group by Aramark, or to dine in the University's main dining room, Patriot Hall, on an a la carte, cash basis or by obtaining meal tickets for the group.

Local Accommodations and Attractions

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