Villanova University Grotto Dedication Ceremony

 The Design Team at the Grotto Dedication Cermony

The Design Team at the Grotto Dedication Cermony

Following their Friday evening service at Corr Hall on December 7, members of the design team gathered with students, faculty and clergy at the newly constructed Grotto. University President, Father Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., led a short dedication ceremony, blessing the space for those who seek quiet contemplation.

Previously, the Grotto sat on the eastern side of the Alumni Quad. Due to the current construction on campus that included taking out the former Grotto to make way for new walkways and landscaping, the Grotto and the statue depicting Our Lady of Good Counsel were to be given a new home west of Austin Hall. The altar and statuary of the previous Grotto were relocated and used in the new design, however the enclosure and Gothic gateway are new. 

MBTA hopes that much like the previous space did, the new Grotto will provide a peaceful outdoor sanctuary for students to gather for years to come.