This very first approved apparition site in the United States began 150 years ago in Champion, Wisconsin.
On October 9, 1859 Adele Brise said that the Blessed Mother , a Lady clothed in dazzling white, had appeared to her on this site. The Lady was elevated slightly in a bright light and gave words of solace and comfort and a bold and challenging mission for the young immigrant woman. The Lady gave her a two-fold mission of prayer for the conversion of sinners and catechesis. Then our Lady said, “I am the Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation. Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you. Adele Brise began immediately to fulfill the mandate and mission she was entrusted to do by Our Lady and oftentimes at great personal sacrifice.
This Holy place was also preserved from the infamous Peshtigo fire of 1871, when many of the faithful gathered together with Adele and prayed to Our Lady of Good Help for her intercession. The fire ragged on and destroyed everything in it’s wake until it reached the parameters of the Shrine. The five acres that were consecrated to Our Lady was left untouched.
Three Marian experts have studied the history of this alleged apparition and all of the extant documents, letters, and written testimonies in order to determine whether or not there are inherent contradictions or objections to the veracity of the testimony given by Adele Brise with regards to the events of 1859 and to establish whether or not there is enough evidence to suggest that the events which happened to Adele Brise may be of supernatural origin.
There is clear testimony to the upright character of Adele Brise, her devotion to Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her unwavering commitment to the mission the Blessed Mother entrusted to her. Moreover, the uninterrupted history of faith and devotion testifies to the spiritual fruits bestowed upon the pilgrims to the Shrine.
The accounts of the apparitions and locutions are judged to be free from doctrinal error and consistent with the Catholic Faith.
Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is located at 4047 Chapel Drive, Champion, WI. To contact the Shrine for more information call 920-866-2571. This weekend, August 22nd and 23rd, listen to Magnificat Radio at Magnificatmedia.com at 12 noon, 4pm, 6:30pm, and 9pm for a theatrical production of the history of Our Lady of Good Help.