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The Grotto A Place of Solitude,Peace,and Prayer

Updated on November 19, 2017
The Grotto Festival of Lights.
The Grotto Festival of Lights. | Source

The Grotto

The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, more commonly known as the Grotto. Is a 62 acre Catholic shrine located in Portland, Oregon.

Administered by the order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA province. It is a non profit supported solely through it's gift shop,donations,and volunteers. To find out more about volunteering you can call the Volunteer Direct Line at (503) 254-7371 or Email: volunteer@

An internationally renowned Catholic shrine, that offers liturgies,events,gardens, and conference center. It is true place of spirituality and counseling.

The native plants, trees,and flowers offer a beautiful enviroment, conducive to peace and inspiration. The 110 ft cliff and marble replica of Michelangelo's Pieta is a truly awesome sight. With 200,00 visitors a year it is one of Portland's most popular places to visit.

The lower level of the grounds consists of the Chapel of Mary, Conference Center, Gift Shop and Visitor Complex. With an amazing trail that depicts the stations of the cross.

The upper level is as magnificent. The manicured gardens, religious art work and panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley, Cascades, and Mt. St Helens are divine.

The meditation chapel is my favorite place at The Grotto. It is serene, quiet, and holds its own presence of peace within.

The Grotto also holds special events and weddings.The Festival of Lights at Christmas started in 1988. And at first it only ran 10 days. Now as it has grown in popularity and it runs 37 days, yearly. The trails are lit at night and there are concerts held nightly. In the year 2011 a total of 63,000 people attended the festival.

The Grotto welcomes all whom wish to come to visit. For more information visit their website at

And may peace be with you all.



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