Details for The Grotto, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Atlas Number 5091005348)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5091005348


Marker Number 5348
Atlas Number 5091005348
Marker Title The Grotto, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Index Entry Grotto, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Address 300 N. Castell
City New Braunfels
County Comal
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 584312
UTM Northing 3286245
Subject Codes churches; medical topics and health professionals; Roman Catholic denomination
Marker Year 1980
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location next to church
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A major influenza epidemic spread across the United States in 1918 causing many deaths. Under the leadership of Father J. M. J. Wack (d.1927), who served Saints Peter and Paul Church for 38 years, members constructed this grotto to commemorate an end to the disease-related deaths in the parish. Modeled after the Lourdes grotto in southwestern France, it was built of native rock gathered from area ranches. Aided by parishioners, J. J. Scholz of Nebraska completed the stonework. The congregation dedicated the shrine during celebration on June 29,1921. (1980)