We invite you to join us on a new pilgrimage in Wisconsin, a pilgrimage which will bring you to 5 national shrines, sure to reveal a land and people with a rich tradition of Marian devotion.
The Polish people go on pilgrimage to pray at their Shrine in Poland, Our Lady of Czestochowa, and the French people journey to Lourdes to pray at their Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. In the United States, we, too, have our own national Shrine devoted to Our Lady – our own Czestochowa and Lourdes – in the heart of the Midwest, in the great state of Wisconsin, where Our Lady appeared in 1859.
We will take you on a remarkable journey from the National Schoenstatt Chapel to Our Lady in Waukesha, to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lacrosse, to the majestic splendor of the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians at Holy Hill, to the Byzantine monks of Holy Resurrection Monastery, arriving finally at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, where you will pray in the presence of the “Queen of Heaven”. At each sacred site, you will hear remarkable stories of Mary’s continued presence and intercession in the lives of pilgrims and locals alike.
Traveling along the farm roads, forests, and Dells of Wisconsin, you will discover a unique constellation of sacred sites dedicated to the Blessed Mother. We will encounter the living stones of American Catholicism in this land, such as a hotel owner who built a Divine Mercy Chapel in his Holiday Inn or the Wisconsin Cheesemakers who have brought forth more than 600 varieties of cheese – a ¼ of the varieties in Italy! As we pilgrimage towards Christ with Mary and pray at 5 National Shrines, you will discover a rich tradition – culturally, spiritually and religiously.
You might even encounter a present day pilgrim trekking along lonely farm roads between shrines, following a route traced out by a native Wisconsin priest in recent years and named the Wisconsin Way in tribute to the legendary Camino de Santiago in Spain. And, you will have dinner with this priest who dreamt of creating a walking pilgrimage to the many shrines and holy places in Wisconsin.
Come with us on a Journey Toward Christ through Mary… in Wisconsin and learn about her message to the souls in this country.