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About the Grotto

About The Grotto

The Grotto Mission

The Grotto is a national Catholic shrine dedicated to Mary, Our Sorrowful Mother, which is a ministry of the Servite Friars – Order of Friar Servants of Mary.

The Grotto strives to provide a welcoming presence and a beautiful environment conducive to peace, quiet, and spiritual inspiration.

The Grotto offers understanding, compassion, support and hope through a variety of ministries such as spiritual direction and liturgical celebrations.

The Grotto endeavors to serve all people.

About The Grotto

With its fir trees, colorful rhododendrons and other native plants, The Grotto is an inviting destination for all. An internationally-renowned Catholic shrine and botanical garden, The Grotto provides a spiritual and peaceful retreat for more than 300,000 visitors each year from all faiths and all walks of life.  Visitors are delighted to discover this 62-acre green space just minutes from downtown Portland.

The heart of the shrine is Our Lady’s Grotto, a rock cave carved into the base of a 110-foot cliff.  A life-size marble replica of Michelangelo’s Pietà is featured in its center.

The Grotto’s Chapel of Mary, Gift Shop, Conference Center and Visitor Center are located on the plaza level with Our Lady’s Grotto. On The Grotto’s upper level, visitors can enjoy the manicured gardens, religious artwork, and beautiful panoramic views of the Columbia River Valley, the Cascades and Mt. St. Helens.  Also on the upper level are the cliff-side Meditation Chapel and the Servite Monastery.

In addition to its beautiful gardens, The Grotto offers enrichment and education through The Grotto Spirituality Program.

The Grotto Conference Center provides a serene setting for business meetings, community workshops, and religious retreats.