Photo credit: ourladyofgoodhelp.com
This is an excerpt from the Our Lady of Good Help website. I don't seem to be able to put into my own words an accurate description of the site. If you go to the website I suggest this page as a more detailed description of the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Help. Below is the official statement declaring this as the first American apparition site:
Bishop David Ricken announced on Wednesday, December 8th, that he officially approves the Marian apparitions that occurred on the the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. The announcement was made during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception held at the Shrine which is located at Champion, Wisconsin.
Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful."
This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the Bishops of Green Bay had given full support of the Shrine throughout its history as a place of prayer and pilgrimage, the Apparitions have never received formal Church approval. Along with his decree on the apparitions, Bishop Ricken further approved the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help as an official Diocesan Shrine of Green Bay.
If you have a prayer intention I would humbled and honored to offer them during my time there. Please feel free to leave your request in the comments section or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to taking pictures and sharing my own experiences upon my return.