On Sunday, March 15, 2020 at the conclusion of his first live-streamed Mass following the suspension of public Masses during the covid-19 pandemic, Archbishop Vigneron entrusted the Archdiocese to the care and protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He also promised to build a Grotto dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes in gratitude and thanksgiving for her healing power.
The Grotto will stand as a visible tribute to God’s mercy and love showered on us during this pandemic through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Throughout this tumultuous time, not only has Our Lady obtained for us the grace of her Son’s protection, but we have also been blessed to be able to share in both ordinary and extraordinary ways his Good News. Priests, religious and laity have been moved to respond generously to our mission of inspiring hope in God’s abundant and overwhelming grace during these troubled times.
The Grotto, to be located on the grounds of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, will unite, enlighten, and inspire. A Liturgical Space design team is working to create a Grotto that will serve as a welcoming devotional and gathering space for all and serve as “shallow entry point” for the neighborhood, residents, and visitors.
The Grotto dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes is a bold project. Gifts will be gratefully received and will be used for the creation and care of the Grotto located on the grounds of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; simply use the secure button at the top of this page. As a corporal act of mercy, ten percent of gifts given to the Cathedral Grotto Fund will be directed to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan to serve the sick and suffering.
For more information, please email Jim Thomas or call him: 313-596-7450.