The Dickeyville Grotto is unlike any other. The grotto is actually a series of shrines, paying tribute to numerous religious icons as well as to patriotic legends – all done in stone that is embedded with brightly-colored objects from all over the world. The shrines are comprised of things you don’t expect to find in Wisconsin: “colored glass, gems, antique heirlooms of pottery or porcelain, stalagmites and stalactites, sea shells, starfish, petrified sea urchins and fossils, and a variety of corals, amber glass, agate, quartz, ores, such as iron, copper and lead, fool’s gold, rock crystals, onyx, amethyst and coal, petrified wood and moss.” People just walk through and have wide-eyed stares at what is before them.

The entire grotto was built from scratch by Fr. Matthias Wernerus from 1925-1930. He must have spent most of his free time constructing the shrines, fences and structures that reflect his love of God and his love of the United States. It stands almost a century later as a testament to his labor.

I hope that today, as well as on most days, you are able to dedicate your time to something that you love just as Fr Werenerus did. Maybe it’s not building a shrine or grotto, but I wish for your labor to be filled with the same level of love.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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