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.

The Association of Graduates answers "Why West Point?"

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In this month's newsletter to West Point Alumni, the Association of Graduates announced their intentions to construct a new Visitors Center on campus. Along with an image depicting a preliminary scheme for the new building, the article reaches out to alumni, and explains the importance of creating a central hub and starting point for visitors to campus.

The article states, "Envisioned as a 21st-century “Experience Hub,” the new West Point Visitors Center will feature a striking entry pavilion, high-tech exhibits, state-of-the-art theaters, and new artifacts for its more than 250,000 annual guests to enjoy.  The center will also employ the latest architectural innovations to capitalize on natural light and existing terrain, it will be re-oriented to take advantage of the scenic power of the Hudson River, and it will allow for a possible future connection to the nearby West Point Museum (the center’s exterior massing will harmonize with that of this existing facility)."

For the Full Article, visit the West Point Association of Graduates website.