Dickeyville, WI Grotto
Earlier this year, I was driving to Iowa for work, and I saw a sign advertising the Dickeyville Grotto. Built between 1925-1930, the Grotto is next to Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville, WI. It consists of a series of shrines built out of donated shells, colored glass, minerals, colorful rocks and other similar materials.
As I walked through the series of shrines, one blew my mind--a shrine featuring Christopher Columbus and Abraham Lincoln. It turns out that this "Patriotic Shrine" was built to combat accusations that Catholics' devotion to the pope prevented true patriotism.
|Holy Ghost Parish in Dickeyville|
I had a heavy heart because my trip came the day after Kiley Hackl passed away and as my grandfather was in the midst of passing away. I took a look at the clock and, running ahead of schedule, stopped to visit, praying a Chaplet of Divine Mercy amid snow flurries and a biting wind.
|Shrine to Jesus Christ, King of Heaven and Earth|
|Shrine to the Sacred Heart|
|A look at the grounds|
|An up-close look at the stones of the Grotto|
|The Patriotic Shrine|
I'm definitely a fan of the Dickeyville Grotto and would love to be back in nicer weather. If you'd like to go, the Shrine is in Dickeyville, just off Highway 151.