Press Release

Bishop Ricken to Lead Pilgrimage to Canada in October 2016

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (January 19, 2016) -- Bishop David Ricken will lead an eight-day pilgrimage next October sponsored by The Compass, official newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. The tour will focus on the "Shrines of French Canada" and includes stops in Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City and more.

"Our church has a wonderful tradition of making pilgrimages, traveling to various destinations where the richness of our faith is expressed through incredible architecture, culture, and lives of the saints," says Bishop Ricken. "The Compass once again provides an excellent opportunity to grow spiritually as we journey together. I encourage you to join me in this spiritual and cultural pilgrimage to Canada and witness first-hand the magnificent shrines, remarkable churches, and other beautiful expressions of the heritage, faith, and devotion of the people of Canada."

Pilgrims to Visit Sites in Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Quebec City

Pilgrims will travel to the Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the World (Marie-Reine-du-Monde), Notre Dame of Montreal Basilica, St. Joseph Oratory, St. Patrick's Church, and tomb of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, all in Montreal; the Shrine of Notre Dame du Cap (Our Lady of the Cape), in Trois Rivieres (Three Rivers); Notre Dame de Victoires church, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré which is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother's Mother, and the Shrine of St. Joachim, all in Quebec; the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Quebec and the Citadelle de Quebec, all in Quebec City.

The Shrines of French Canada pilgrimage will be October 12-19, 2016. Cost for the pilgrimage through Mater Dei Tours is $2,999 per person double occupancy. An optional round trip coach bus is available from Green Bay for an additional $70. For more details or to receive brochure with more details, contact Amy Kawula at 920-272-8212 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A brochure can also be downloaded on The Compass website,


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The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 324,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.


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