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Scott P. Richert

First Approved Marian Apparition in the United States

By December 10, 2010

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On Wednesday, December 8, 2010, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bishop David Ricken of the diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, officially approved Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, Wisconsin. The three appearances by the Blessed Virgin Mary in October 1859 constitute the first approved Marian apparition anywhere in the United States.

According to the diocesan website for the diocese of Green Bay:

In October 1859, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on three occasions to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant. Brise stated that a lady dressed in dazzling white appeared to her and claimed to be the "Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners."

The Lady asked Brise to pray for sinners, as well as to gather the children and teach them what they should know for salvation. The Blessed Virgin followed the commands with these words of assurance to Adele Brise, "Go and fear nothing, I will help you."

The site of the apparitions has been a popular pilgrimage shrine, and no doubt will become even more so now. Five acres were consecrated to the Blessed Virgin, and Brise built a school near the site of the apparitions and a chapel on the very spote. A convent was later built on the grounds. In 1871, when a massive fire spread through the area, Brise organized a vigil to pray that the site of the apparitions might be spared. All five acres emerged from the fire untouched.

On In All Things, the group blog of America magazine, Fr. James Martin, S.J., has some interesting reflections on the similarities between the apparitions at Champion and those at Lourdes, which are well worth reading. You can also find more information about the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at the shrine's website.

I have never visited the shrine, but I hope to this summer with my family. If you have visited it, please leave a comment and tell us about your pilgrimage.

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Comments
December 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(1) Tom Piatak says:

Thanks for spreading this great news.

December 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm
(2) Gatomon41 says:

Ah, some good news during these deary times. It really perked my spirits up when I heard this on the local news. Being a Wisconsinite helps as well. Good news indeed. :)

December 12, 2010 at 7:41 am
(3) Haubert says:

Thank you Scott for this insight. As a real Mother with a so kind Heart Ma Maria as we call Her in my local language is so desperate to saving the poor souls who don’t know Her Son and She is now busy preparing the way for His second coming. Happy are those who hide in Her Precious Heart which has always truly loved our Lord. I love the Mother of Heaven with all my heart and She is performing wonders for Her kids and even for those who undermine Her.

December 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm
(4) Paul Gauci says:

I am so happy to read about another Marian apparition that I have never heard about in my 67 years of my lifetime. It is another sign how our heavenly mother loves humanity and wants our salvation through the merits of her Son Jesus. I would be very glad to know more about these apparitions and the messages of Mary to humanity.

August 7, 2012 at 4:33 am
(5) Richard Scott says:

This message is for Scott. This is very exciting! The blessed mother is appearing to a friend of mine. Just outside Seneca WI. Sept 15, 2012 The blessed mother will appear for all to see! Please go to this website Miracles of Heaven.com and you can see that this is True! We are having a prayer service that day. The blessed mother will do a miracle for all to see! All people are welcome. The non-believers and believers will be once in a lifetime to be changed forever. Come experience the power of our Lord!

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