Site of the Virgin Mary's apparition to Adele Brise
In 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette in Lourdes, France and in 1859, the Virgin Mary appeared to Marie Brise and instructed her to begin teaching. Her father built the first school here where Marie began teaching. Pilgrimages to the shrine began in 1861.
On October 8, 1871, the Peshtigo Fire jumped across the Green Bay and continued its destructive path along a 60 mile long path that was 10 miles wide. Everything surrounding the shrine was destroyed. Farmers and their families came to the shine, which was spared along with the convent and five acres consecrated to the Virgin Mary.
On December 8, 2010, Bishop Ricken approved the apparitions in a formal declaration at the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. There are only a handful of such sites around the world, and the only such site in the United States.
The mailing address of the shrine is New Franken, Wisconsin, however, the shrine is located in Champion, Wisconsin.