St. Bernard Abbey

The Ave Maria Grotto is located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Cullman County. It is the only Benedictine monastery in Alabama. The church was founded in 1891, and the associated seminary was established the following year. In addition to providing Catholic educational services to the local community, the site hosts religious retreats and pilgrimages at its Retreat and Conference Center.

Courtesy of the Ginger Ann Brook