Our Lady Of Lourdes
21281 Chardon Rd, Euclid, OH 44117
- Mon - Fri
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
General InfoThe Shrine and Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at Euclid, Ohio (about 10 miles east of Cleveland's Public Square) is a copy of the original Shrine in Lourdes, France. The Shrine property borders on the old route of the historic Buffalo Trail (which is now U.S. ROUTE 20). The Euclid Village area, after the Civil War, became known for its prized commodity: grapes of the Concord, Catawba, Niagra, Delaware and Martha variety, recognized for their delicious and very distinctive flavor. The Shrine was the original "Harms Farm" acquired by Mr. Harms in 1868 where he proceeded to plant one of the finest vineyards in Euclid. His wife, Julia Harms, was a devout Catholic. In 1920, the Harms Farm became property of the Good Shepherd Sisters, and in 1922 while visiting their Motherhouse in France, the Good Shepherd Sisters visited the world-famous Shrine at Lourdes. It was at this time that Mother Mary of St. John Berchmans McGarvey was inspired to erect a similar grotto on their newly acquired property at Providence Heights. A Dominican priest, Pere Ekert, gave the Sisters a precise account of the Grotto. Before leaving, he gave them a lasting treasure: a piece of the stone from rock on which the Blessed Virgin stood when she appeared to Bernadette. This stone, given to the Sisters was later divided into three parts; two of which are now imbedded in the rocks at the Grotto and the other is found in the reliquary in the Gift Shop.
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Every year my church, Saint Rocco's makes a pilgrimage to the shrine. We have mass, Breakfast, the rosary, lunch, do a little gift shop, light candles and such. They nuns serve great food and they are a delight to talk to. Some of the nuns I know because they came from my church and it's always a pleasure talking to them and remembering my CCD classes when I was a kid. You also get to experience the stations of the cross either in the church or in there beautiful outdoor grotto and trail. This is a great place to find peace and tranquility.
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