Read the story of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, as featured on NBC's Faith in America segment.
Roman Catholic Bishop David Ricken announced on December 8, 2010 that he officially approved the Marian apparitions at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help recognizing the number of miracles that have occurred at the Shrine, including healing the blind, sick and crippled.
This declaration makes the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help the first and only site in the United States which is approved by the Roman Catholic Church as an apparition site of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
As the story goes, Adele Brise was born in Belgium in 1831 and moved with her family to a Belgium settlement near Green Bay in the early 1850s. In 1859, after several documented appearances around the world, Mary visited Adele in the wooded area of her farm with the definitive purpose to ask Adele to pray for poor sinners and teach the young children about the catechism and the sacraments. Adele dedicated the rest her life to doing just that - travelling from town to town tirelessly praying and teaching. Lambert Brise, Adele’s father, eventually built a chapel on the site of the apparition. Pilgrimages began shortly after this where people were often cured of blindness, deafness, illness and many other ailments.
An important milestone in the history of the Shrine is the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. This is one of the worst recorded fires ever in the United States burning 1.5 million acres. Adele and her sisters took shelter in the chapel along with several area residents. Many moved their livestock onto the chapel grounds, as well. Adele and her sisters took the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and marched around the chapel praying. As the fire quickly grew and approached the Shrine perimeter, a heavy rain fell putting out the fire before it could reach the chapel. The people inside were saved, and the only livestock to survive the fire were the ones brought onto the chapel grounds.
Due to all the pilgrim visitors coming to the Shrine, a new and larger chapel was built in 1942. There are now numerous events held throughout the year at the Shrine. In mid-August one of the biggest events is held call the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On October 8, an outdoor candlelit rosary procession is held in honor of the Shrine surviving the Great Peshtigo Fire along with an all-night Adoration. Daily Masses are held inside the beautiful chapel accompanied by daily confessions. The Oratory where Mary appeared to Adele is below the chapel. Visit this Shrine just east of Green Bay for prayer, confession or just to learn some Wisconsin history.
The Shrine is located in an unincorporated community called Champion, located 17 miles east of Green Bay. There is parking available for both cars and motorcoaches. The church and shrine are handicap accessible.
Air travelers can fly into Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) in Green Bay. Car rental is available at the airport. See our Transportation Services page.
Several hotels can accommodate visitors, whether traveling individually or by motorcoach. See our hotel list.
For GPS coordinates, please use the following address:
National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
4047 Chapel Drive
New Franken, WI 54229
To contact Our Lady of Good Help staff, call 920-866-2571 for additional details.
If you are interested in working with the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau to plan a motorcoach trip to Green Bay, call 888-867-3342 and ask for Julie, or send her an email.