The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion is celebrating the miracles experienced by the sacred grounds over the next nine days as a part of its novena. It was October 9, 1859 when Mary appeared to Adele Brise on the Shrine’s grounds, which led her to a lifetime of service to the church and its teachings. In October 1871, the Shrine was one of the few spots in the area spared by the Peshtigo Fire, which killed between 1,500 to 2,500 and destroyed 2,400 square miles. Special masses and other events highlight the nine-day span, including Friday’s Rosary Bowl, which is part of the nationwide Triumph Tour celebrating the power of prayer. Father John Broussard, the Shrine’s rector says these nine days are an important time for the Shrine and the people that visit.
The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is also celebrating its 10th anniversary of being named a Marian apparition site by the Catholic Church. You can find more details about the National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help below.