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    This grotto statue recreates the first apparition to St. Bernadette Soubirous, a 14 year old peasant, who encountered a miraculous visit from Mary, the mother of Jesus in Lourdes, France in 1858. At the time, Bernadette did not know who the lady was. In later apparitions, the woman identified herself as "The Immaculate Conception", a term unknown to the theologically uneducated youth. After unearthing a hidden spring in a spot hearby at the behest of the vision, Bernadette urged the sick and infirmed to come and wash in the water. Since the apparitions, over 7,000 people have claimed a miracle of complete healing.

    This grotto was constructed in 1941 on behalf of a generous donor who wished that the Orchard Lake students have a place of devotion and prayer on campus dedicated to the patroness of the Schools. To this day, countless visitors, friends, and alumni have used this grotto as a peaceful refuge for prayer and meditation. The statue and fountain are reminiscent of the devotion known as Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858, a young French girl named Bernadette Soubirous experienced several visions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in Lourdes, France. The woman who appeared to the youth encouraged her to pray with her, and in a separate encounter, urged the girl to dig in the ground and drink from the spring that was there. The place of that event is now a well-known pilgrimage site for millions of pilgrims, as the waters of the healing springs at Lourdes have brought healing, hope and inspiration to many. Over 7,000 miraculous healings are attributed to the healing water of Lourdes, and between 4-6 million people visit the site annually. A grotto is a natural or man-made shallow cave used traditionally for religious veneration, a practice which dates back to antiquity.

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