In a quaint Wisconsin town, lies a holy place. Champion, Wisconisn, about three hours north of Chicago, is home to the only official U.S. site where the Blessed Mother is said to have appeared to Adele Brise three times in 1859. According to Bishop Ricken of the diocese of Green Bay, and the Huffington Post, this holy site was officially dedicated on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in December of 2010, and since then has seen a steady flow of pilgrims.
Our Lady of Good Help is the parish that surrounds this beautiful shrine, dedicated to the Blessed Mother. According to Bishop Ricken, the activity is nothing compared to places like Lourdes or Our Lady of Guadalupe, but over the past several years, car fulls of people have made the pilgrimage to try and get a glipse of what Adele Brise saw 150 years ago. Bishop Ricken's has been doing the best he can in trying to accomodate the large amount of visitors without disrupting the "peace of the place."
Only time will tell how the shrine will hold up with the ever changing increase in visitors but according to most people, when you see this beautiful place you can sense "the special presence of Our Blessed Mother."
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