Our History


Father Paul Matthias Dobberstein was born in Rosenfeld, Germany on September 21, 1872. He received part of his early education at the University of Deitsche-Krone in Germany. When Paul was 20 years old he immigrated to America. On coming to America he entered the Seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee to prepare for the Priesthood. It was there that he began to show signs of unusual artistic ability that was to characterize all the waking hours of his earthly existence. He completed his studies for the Priesthood at St. Francis Seminary and was ordained there on June 30th, 1897.

Shrine Hours

We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Office Hours | 9am-5pm, M-F
Gift Shop | 10am-5pm Every Day

Mass Times

M-W-F | 8am @ Ss. Peter and Paul, West Bend
T-Th | 8am @ St. Mary, Mallard
Saturday (Anticipated) | 5pm @ Ss. Peter and Paul, West Bend
Sunday | 8am @ St. Mary, Mallard
10am @ Ss. Peter and Paul, West Bend

Holy Days of Obligation as reported in the bulletin.


30 minutes prior to Mass at each location or by appointment.

About the Grotto

The Grotto is frequently considered the “Eighth Wonder of the World” and The Iowan magazine has described the Grotto as a “Miracle in Stone.” The location was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 2001 and has been included in such features as Roadside America and Disney’s The Straight Story. A composite of nine seperate grottos, each portrays a scene in the life of Christ. The largest man-made Grotto in the world, the Grotto contains the largest collection of precious stones and gems found anywhere in one location!

Shrine Address

208 1st Avenue NW, West Bend, Iowa 50597
515-887-5591 (Gift Shop)

Ss. Peter & Paul Address

206 1st Avenue NW, West Bend, Iowa 50597

St. Mary Address

403 6th Street Mallard, Iowa 50562
515-425-3539 (Parish Center)

Shrine of the Grotto of the Redemption
300 N. Broadway
West Bend, Iowa 50597
Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church
206 1st Avenue Northwest
West Bend, Iowa 50597
St. Mary Catholic Church
403 6th Street
Mallard, Iowa 50562
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