Green Bay: This week the Marian site in Wisconsin was attributed as a National Shrine thus becoming the first Marian apparition site in the United States.
In 1859 a young Belgian women happened to see a bright vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary that appeared between two trees in one of the most unlikely places in eastern Wisconsin.
“I am overjoyed to now share with all of you today, that the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has received the National designation as a National Shrine from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops,” said Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay.
Our Lady of Good Help Shrine honors the place where Blessed Virgin appeared before a young peasant women named Adele Brise. The Virgin Mary then had given her a vision to evangelize children through catechism and the sacraments saying, “go and fear nothing.” By 1868, a chapel and a school were built on the apparition site. It was in 2010 that the Marian apparition had received approval from Bishop Ricken.