Visit the Prayer Grotto at SS Neumann-Goretti High School

To celebrate the arrival of the famous painting The Annunciation by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Saints Neumann Goretti (NG) High School will host a summer long prayer grotto. They invite the community to participate by hanging their prayer petitions on the grotto.

Inspired by the Knotted Grotto at the Basilica of SS Peter & Paul during the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, the NG Grotto will be on display along with the renowned painting in front of the school’s entrance at 1736 S. 10th Street through August.

The Neumann Goretti community invites friends and neighbors to view the famous painting of the Blessed Mother – The Annunciation – that is part of the Philadelphia Art Museum’s Inside-Out: Art in Unexpected Places program.


About The Annunciation (1898)

by Henry Ossawa Tanner/American (active France), 1859-1937

“This young girl moves me deeply. With her hands clenched and her elbows so close to her sides, she seems protective of her space and wary of whatever is happening on the other side of the room. The painting tells one of the most famous stories in Christianity—Archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she will bear God’s son. Yet, for me, it is the plainness of the girl and the scene that make my heart ache. Shy and unsure, awakened in the night and sitting among her rumpled bedclothes, she listens to a message that will change the world.”

Marla Shoemaker

The Kathleen Sherrerd Senior Curator of Education

Philadelphia Museum of Art


You may purchase your prayer ribbons from Neumann-Goretti’s main office (1736 S. 10th St.) and from the following participating locations:

St. Monica’s Church / 2422 S. 17th St.

The Cutting Point / 17th & Oregon

Popi’s Italian Restaurant / 3120 S. 20th St.

Dew’s Deli / 10th & Watkins

A $2 donation for the prayer ribbons will support the students of SS Neumann Goretti High School.


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