National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes to dedicate Shrine of St. Sharbel

The dedication of the Shrine of St. Sharbel will take place Sept. 30 at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, 16330 Grotto Rd., in Emmitsburg, Md. The dedication ceremony begins at 11 a.m., followed by Mass and a reception.

"We are delighted to include this saint in Our Lady's Grotto," said Lori Stewart, director of the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. “St. Sharbel is a model of holiness and devotion for all people. He had a great love for our Blessed Mother and is a welcom addition to our National Shrine Grotto."

St. Sharbel was a 19th-century monk, priest and hermit of the Lebanese Maronite Order. According to the website, familyofsaintsharbel.org, "He was a model of self-sacrifice and total detachment from the world. St. Sharbel reflected the grace and strength that God had granted him through living the monastic virtues of chastity, poverty, and obedience."

St. Sharbel was canonized by Pope Paul VI Oct. 9, 1977, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

The statue will be located on Corpus Christi Lane going toward the grotto.

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