For more than 150 years believers have gone on pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion, northeast of Green Bay. It was here on October 9, 1859, that Adele Brise, a young Belgian woman, said the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her and asked her to teach religion to children. Soon after, Adele’s father built a chapel. Our current chapel — the fourth one — was dedicated on July 12, 1942.
When the Peshtigo fire spread across Green Bay on October 8, 1871, area residents spent the entire night walking around the chapel grounds praying the rosary and carrying a statue of Mary. Everything outside that five-acre site was burned.
Each year people reenact that historic procession. They also gather on August 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, for a large procession and outdoor Mass. More than 100,000 people visit the Shrine each year to pray, view the scenic grounds or spend quiet time.
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If you would like to learn more about the Shrine, please visit their website at www.championshrine.org or you can visit the beautiful National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion at 4047 Chapel Drive, New Franken, WI 54229. If you are interested in speaking to representative at the Shrine or to purchase their full video please call (920) 866-2571.