This week, I will be visiting St. Anne's Shrine in Sturbridge, MA again. I love going there for a mini-retreat. It is a little gem nestled on a hillside next to St. Patrick's Parish. I think they are actually in Fiskdale, MA.
St. Anne's has a Russian icon museum, which is precious and worth the visit. "Nearly all were icons that were in Russian homes and used in family devotions until the aggressively atheistic Soviet regime made possessing them dangerous and prejudicial to one's social advancement." - the web site
"About Saint Anne Shrine: St. Anne Shrine is a sacred place, dedicated to St. Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and grandmother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pilgrims and Visitors come to the Shrine seeking physical and spiritual healing, and in this peace-filled atmosphere they find hope, strength and comfort for themselves and their loved ones.
The natural beauty of the grounds, the Way of the Cross, the Lourdes Grotto, the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) and many other prayerful places provide an ideal setting for contemplation and meditation."
I will try to bring back pictures!