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The journey continues on Thursday, July 18, as we visit another sacred space. Join Diane Conroy-LaCivita as she travels to Siena College in Loudonville. Named after Bernardino of Siena, a 15th-century Italian Franciscan friar and preacher, Siena College was founded by the Order of Friars Minor in 1937. St. Bernardine of Siena Friary, which is located on campus, is home to twenty-three Franciscan friars many of whom serve as professors, administrators, and staff members.

The Grotto at Siena College is modeled after the famous shrine in Lourdes, France, where, in the 19th century, the Blessed Mother appeared to a peasant 14-year-old girl who would later become St. Bernadette. The Grotto at Siena College includes a statue of Mary from the original Siena grotto that was dedicated in 1947 in remembrance of veterans and those who had fallen in World War II, including thirty-six Siena men who made the supreme sacrifice.

Father Dan Dwyer will lead the tour, which will include both the college’s chapel as well as the grotto. Please wear comfortable footwear. There will be walking involved.

The CSSC shuttle bus will leave The Beltrone Living Center at 9:40 a.m. and return at approximately 11:45 a.m. To make a reservation, please call Sharon herald at 518-459-2857 ext. 302.