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Robinsonville, WI, USA (1859)

   
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Our Lady of Good Help

Robinsonville

Summary

October 8 of 1859, the Blessed Mother showed herself to a devout 28-year-old Belgian farm woman named Adele Brise in the area of Robinsonville, Wisconsin. Mary stood in white between two trees, then slowly vanished, leaving a white cloud after her. The Blessed Mother desired evangelization. She wanted Adele to show others the Catechism.

Timeline

January 30, 1831

Marie Adele Joseph Brise was born

August 7, 1855

Lambert and Marie Brise purchased 240 acres of land in the town of Red River, Wisconsin.

Oct 9, 1859

First apparition of the Virgin Mary to Adele Brice (Brise). Adele could see the beautiful lady, clothed in dazzling white, with a yellow sash around her waist. Her dress fell to her feet in graceful folds. She had a crown of stars around her head, and her long golden wavy hair fell loosely over her shoulders. Such a heavenly light shone around her that Adele could hardly look at her sweet face. Overcome by this heavenly light and the beauty of her amiable visitor, Adele fell on her knees.

Oct 15, 1859

When Adele told her parents, they wondered if it was a poor soul who needed prayers. On the following Sunday the young woman had to pass there again on her way to Mass at Bay Settlement, which was the nearest place, when she saw the Virgin again.

When she asked what the apparition wanted, Mary responded:

"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 good. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them."

1859

A small oratory was built of logs.

1861

A second chapel was built as a frame structure.

1865-1868

Between these dates a frame convent and school was built near the Chapel.

1869

A school known as St. Mary's Academy was formally announced.

October 8, 1871

The "Great Fires of Northern Wisconsin," popularly known as the "Peshtigo Fire" raged.

October 8, 1871

The Great Chicago Fire

1880

A third chapel was built as a brick structure.

July 5, 1896

Sister Adele Brise dies at the Chapel.

Dec 8, 1941

The Most Reverend Paul P. Rhode, Bishop of Green Bay, laid the cornerstone for the fourth Chapel.

July 12, 1942

The new Chapel was dedicated by Bishop Rhode under the title of "Our Lady of Good Help."

January 2009

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay opened an investigation into the authenticity of the apparitions

Dec 8, 2010

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay declared the apparitions to be authentic, making them the first approved apparitions in the United States.

Description of the Virgin

"... there appeared between two trees, one a maple and the other a hemlock, which stood for years after, a blinding white light which paralyzed the poor girl with fear. She cowered before it and prayed rapidly and breathlessly as the light took definite form, and between the trees stood a marvelously beautiful lady, clothed entirely in dazzling white garments, with no touch of color save a wide yellow sash or girdle. Her hair was auburn; her eyes deep and dark and she bore a radiant and kindly smile. Adele trembled with fear. The vision faded gradually away." (Green Bay Gazette, August 13, 1925)

Messages

The Blessed Mother desired evangelization. She wanted Adele to show others the Catechism.

"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 good. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them."

Click here to read messages.


Miracles, Cures, and Signs


On October 8, 1871 -- exactly 12 years to the date since her first appearance -- a tremendous catastrophe struck by way of a raging fire that destroyed massive swaths of northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan -- indeed, the worst recorded forest fire in American history. By the time it was over, 1.2 million acres -- 1,850 square miles (the size of Rhode Island) -- had been consumed, and one to two thousand were dead. It was described in some parts as "a wall of flame, a mile high, five miles wide, traveling 90 to 100 miles an hour, hotter than a crematorium, turning sand into glass."

October 8, 1871 -- date of the Wisconsin catastrophe -- was also the day of the Great Chicago Fire.

Over the years there have been hundreds of stories of people coming to the shrine and being healed. Old crutches and canes were left behind.


Approval

Bishop Stanislaus V. Bona of Green Bay placed his imprimatur on a booklet describing the events and containing the messages.

In 2009, the most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay, opened a formal Church investigation into the Marian apparitions that occurred in 1859 on the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. While considered private revelation, the task of the commission was to review all the historical information on the apparitions, as well as the life of the visionary Sister Adele, and test their consistency with Public Revelation as guarded by the Catholic Church.

On December 8th, 2010, Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay declared the apparitions to be authentic, making them the first approved apparitions in the United States.

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.



Click here to read the official statement of Bishop Ricken >>


Books and Articles


Visions lead to pilgrimage.
Milwaukee Journal. August 03, 1919

Robinsonville ready to receive crowds on Assumption day. August 13, 1922

Links

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Franken WI

Spiritdaily - Our Lady of Good Help

Shrines

Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
4047 Chapel Drive
New Franken, WI 54229

Phone: 920-866-2571
Email: chapel000@centurytel.net
www.shrineofourladyofgoodhelp.com

Videos

Marian Shrine Makes Changes to Welcome Faithful Crowds (WBAY)

Bishop Ricken on the Marian Shrine's Faithful and Skeptics (WBAY)

Priest reflects on changes at Marian Shrine (WBAY)

 
   
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