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Press Release

Bishop Ricken Leads Year of Faith Pilgrimage to Marian Shrines of Wisconsin

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (April 25, 2013) -- The Compass, official newspaper for the Diocese of Green Bay, is sponsoring a Year of Faith pilgrimage to approved Marian shrines of Wisconsin with Bishop David L. Ricken on July 17-19, 2013.

"The Year of Faith presents the perfect time for us to honor the Blessed Mother, our model of faith," says Bishop Ricken. "One way for us to do this is through the ancient practice of pilgrimage. During this holy pilgrimage, we will visit three Marian shrines -- Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians in Hubertus, Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, and Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. It is my hope that many of you will join me as we journey to these places devoted to Mary."

Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, Hubertus, Wis.

Situated on 435 beautiful acres outside of Milwaukee, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, receives more than 500,000 visitors each year. Holy Hill was declared a Shrine with "Portiuncula Privilege" by Pope Leo XIII in 1903. As a result of the increasing number of pilgrims, the Discalced Carmelite Friars from Bavaria were invited to staff the Shrine in 1906. On Nov. 19, 2006, the Shrine was elevated to the status of Basilica.

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, Wis.

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help stands humbly, yet majestically, in a quiet and beautiful spot of rural northeast Wisconsin. Known as "The Chapel" by the local inhabitants, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is built directly over the site where Mary, the Queen of Heaven, appeared to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant, in October 1859, one year after the Marian apparitions occurred at Lourdes, France. For over 150 years, the faithful have come to this hallowed site seeking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Marian apparition at the Shrine was granted official Church approval on Dec. 8, 2010.

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Crosse, Wis.

Nestled amid the beautiful natural setting of southwest Wisconsin, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe serves the spiritual needs of those who suffer poverty in body and soul. It is a place of ceaseless prayer for the corporal and spiritual welfare of God's children, especially those most in need. Faithful to the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary through her appearances on the American continent in 1531 and funded entirely by private donations.

The pilgrimage costs $385 per person. For more information, contact Amy Kawula, Advertising and Marketing Manager for The Compass, at (920) 272-8212.


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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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