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Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
(Champion, WI, USA)

On these grounds over 150 years ago, the Holy Mother appeared to the young Adele Brise and instructed her to teach the children in the faith. This is where Sister Adele began her work and inspired the efforts of generations of faithful Christians.

Source:  shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/history/

History

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has undergone many changes since the first humble chapel was built in 1859. However, Sister Adele’s mission to teach the Catholic faith to children and pilgrims of all ages remains unaffected.
 
It is a sanctuary of peace that invites all to grow in their relationship with Christ. It is a haven for pilgrims to seek healing of their mind, body and spirit through intercession to The Blessed Mother.
 
Work will soon begin to improve access to the Apparition Site, as well as the Devotional Chapel (among other changes). These improvements will enhance access without affecting the site of the Apparitions and remain true to our rural surroundings and our mission. Once these improvements are complete more pilgrims – especially those with disabilities and access challenges – will be able to continue their personal journeys in faith, healing and peace.

Source:  shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com/history/
Early history

The original chapel was a small wooden structure built by Lambert Brise, the father of Adele Brise, at the site of the Marian apparition. Mrs. Isabella Doyen donated the 5 acres (20,000 m2) surrounding the spot, and a larger wooden church was built in 1861. This chapel bore the inscription "Notre Dame de bon Secours, priez pour nous", giving the shrine its present name.[7] The site became a popular place of pilgrimage and the chapel was soon too small to accommodate the pilgrims who were coming. A larger brick chapel was built in 1880, and dedicated by Bishop Francis Xavier Krautbauer, the second bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. A school and a convent were also built on the site in the 1880s.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_Our_Lady_of_Good_Help


Peshtigo Fire

Lumber companies and sawmills had been harvesting the woods of Wisconsin, leaving piles of sawdust and branches as they produced lumber and wood products. The night of October 8, 1871, a firestorm began near Peshtigo, Wisconsin that spread through the woods and towns, consuming everything in its path.[8] Unable to outrun the flames, nearly 2,000 people died in the inferno. Driven by strong winds, the conflagration leaped across the Green Bay of Lake Michigan and began burning huge sections of the Door Peninsula. When the firestorm threatened the Chapel, Adele Brise refused to leave and instead organized a procession to beg the Virgin Mary for her protection.[4] The surrounding land was destroyed by the fire but the chapel and its grounds, together with all the people who had taken refuge there, survived the fire unharmed.[9] The conflagration destroyed about 1,200,000 acres (4,900 km2) of land and is the worst recorded fire disaster in US history.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_Our_Lady_of_Good_Help 

Festivals and Events

The Walk To Mary is a 21-mile pilgrimage from the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis., to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis. Shorter routes for those who cannot walk the entire length are available. This pilgrimage is endorsed by Bishop David L. Ricken and coordinated by an independent nonprofit organization. For more information, visit www.walktomary.com.

Solemnity of the Assumption

Outdoor Mass at 11 A.M. celebrated by the bishop and followed by Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament and a rosary procession. This special celebration on the Feast of the Assumption is a tradition at the Shrine that was started by Sister Adele after the great fire of 1871. The current statue used in the procession was given to Sister Adele by St. Joseph Parish in Champion when the original statue was damaged.

Basic Information

Year consecrated: 1942
Ecclesiastical status: Shrine
Architectural style: ---
Address: 4047 Chapel Drive Champion, WI Wisconsin, USA
Coordinates: 44.590772, -87.773701
Website: http://www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com
Phone: 920.866.2571
Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Cost: ---
Transportation: ---
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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