Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 3, 2006 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – The Grotto – more officially, the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother – was established in Northeast Portland in 1924 by the Servite Fathers. To this day, members of that Religious community continue to staff the expansive complex of hills, forest, and carved rock alcoves.

A handful of friars live in the stone monastery on the top level of the sanctuary’s bluff. Within the grounds, visitors are sheltered even from the sound of the busy city streets that border the area.

The Grotto is famous as a place away, as a spot for special prayer and retreats, and for Masses for special intentions. Each Advent and Christmas season sees The Grotto’s Festival of Lights, with thousands of points of illumination gracing the grounds.

The friars “don’t draw attention to themselves,” said Larry Kirby, who handles direct mail and grant writing for the Servites. “They let The Grotto speak for itself.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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