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Press Release

Thousands Expected Aug. 15 for Mass and Procession on Feast of the Assumption

coat-of-armsGREEN BAY, Wis. (Aug. 7, 2013) -- The annual outdoor Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help™ in Champion. The principal celebrant will be Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and the concelebrant will be Bishop David L. Ricken. Eucharistic Rosary Procession and Benediction will also be included.

  Cardinal George

On Dec. 8, 2010, Bishop Ricken officially approved the three apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Adele Brise in October 1859 at the site of the shrine. Since the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871, thousands of pilgrims travel to the shrine each Aug. 15 for the celebration. Last year, an estimated 2,000 people attended the Mass, according to shrine gift shop manager Karen Tipps.

Feast Dates to at Least 7th Century

The Feast of the Assumption commemorates the taking of Mary's soul and body into heaven at the end of her life. The feast, which dates back to at least the seventh century when its celebration was already established in Jerusalem and Rome, is one of the most solemn Marian feasts. Catholics revere Mary because she is the mother of Jesus Christ.

Those who would like to attend are asked to please bring their own lawn chairs. Directions: Take Hwy. 57 north from Green Bay to County Trunk K, turn east on County Trunk K for six miles. The shrine is one mile east of Champion (CLICK HERE for interactive map).


Who We Are

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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