Not only is Wisconsin known for some of the best cheese around but its dazzling religious sites are great for your next group travel trip. Green Bay attracts many tourist year round however, the foliage in the Fall throughout the state is certainly something worth experiencing. Here are some of the best religious destinations for your group to explore on your next trip to Green Bay.
One of the most significant religious sites in Wisconsin lies amid fields of corn and soybeans in northeastern Wisconsin, 17 miles west of Green Bay. The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only Marian shrine in the United States officially recognized by the Catholic Church, is in a chapel built on the spot where Mary, the Queen of Heaven, appeared three times in 1859 to a young Belgian immigrant woman named Adele Brise.
The message of the Blessed Virgin, clothed in dazzling white with a yellow sash, was simple: Teach the Catholic faith to the children of a people who were losing their faith through neglect. Sister Adele took the message to heart and for 35 years dedicated her life to the mission. Up and down the Green Bay Peninsula, she would travel on foot, going from house to house to catechize children and admonish sinners. Eventually Adele was joined by several young women, and St. Mary’s Boarding Academy was founded near the site of the apparitions. Today, the red brick convent and school that Sister Adele and her little community of women built in 1885 stands as a monument to their devotion and hard work.
The present Tudor Gothic church, with its vaulted ceiling and wooden truss construction, was built in 1942. A life-like statue of the Madonna and Child stand behind the main altar. In the shrine’s crypt, just below the church, a statue of Our Lady of Grace stands surrounded by devotional candles and flowers on the exact spot where the remains of the two trees that the Blessed Mother stood between were found. Just outside the crypt entrance is the little cemetery where Sister Adele and her associate, Sister Maggie, are buried. (shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com)
Religious group itineraries developed by the Greater Green Bay CVB also include the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, with its beautiful stained-glass windows, sacred artifacts and cloister gardens, and the 1881 St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. The latter, modeled after St. Ludwig Church in Munich, Germany, features 12 ornate pillars representing the 12 apostles. Its Green Bay Diocese museum houses Catholic artifacts and relics. (greenbay.com)