If you have been around the west side of Sacred Heart Hall recently you have probably noticed the extensive landscaping underway. The grotto on Newman’s campus, mirroring the “Apparition site” in France, is currently undergoing remodeling to help make it safer and more presentable to the public. The project includes returning the “Our Lady of Lourdes” statue to its original site on the Newman campus, following restoration by the NU Art Department.
Many students and recent alumni helped with the renovation by laying bricks at the site. A large portion of the stone used to make the grotto are thought to be part of the foundation for the 28-room house occupied by former Wichita Diocese Bishop Hennessy in the early 1900s.
Newman University is grateful to Randy Crook, architect, and Dondlinger and Sons Construction Co., Inc. for their work on the project.