National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
This is 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 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 called 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. Thanks to a recent renovation, the Shrine is completely handicap accessible. Visit this Shrine just east of Green Bay for prayer, confession or just to learn some Wisconsin history. The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is great for large groups and motorcoach tours with adequate bus-parking space.
Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help schedule