Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield.
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield is a replica of the Grotto in Lourdes, France, where St. Bernadette had visions of the Blessed Mother in 1858. Since then Lourdes has become a place of pilgrimage for many visitors and is associated with more than 7000 unexplained cures, 70 of them recognized as miraculous by the Church.
The Montfort Missionaries built the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield to give individuals, families, and groups the opportunity to reflect, pray, and imitate Mary's life of faithful obedience to God. This missionary has its beginnings with St. Louis de Montfort, a French priest and missionary who is famous for promoting devotion to the Rosary and the Blessed Mother. It is fitting that that their Shrine in Litchfield would be modeled after a Marian apparition site in France.
The Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield was completed in 1958 with the help of Montfort seminarians and people from the surrounding towns. Masses are held outside at the Grotto from the spring to late fall and you can follow the Stations of the Cross through the wooded hillside of the Shrine. The grounds are open year round.
Before visiting the Shrine of Lourdes in Litchfield, consult its website for up-to-date information on Mass hours, restrictions, and other events that may be occurring. Directions to the Shrine from Madison can be found here.