Visitors still pour into West Bend to see Grotto of the Redemption
WEST BEND (AP) — It was 100 years ago that a Catholic priest named Paul Dobberstein began breathing life into West Bend’s Grotto of the Redemption.
The German immigrant had prayerfully overcome a near-fatal bout with pneumonia while at seminary. Upon his commission to Iowa in 1898, he set his heart toward thanking the Mother of God for her healing intercession.
“He promised he would build a shrine for her,” said the Grotto’s executive director, Darcie Kramer.
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