Located in Champion, Wisconsin, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion is the first and only Marian Apparition Site in the United States approved by the authority of the Catholic Church. The Shrine covers the peace-filled holy ground where Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared to a Belgian immigrant woman named Adele Brise on October 9, 1859, identifying herself as “The Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners.” Six years after the 2010 decree of authenticity was made, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designated the site in Champion as a National Shrine.
Please Note: The main Apparition Chapel on the grounds is closed for renovation until March 2. Everything else, including the Apparition Oratory, Gift Shop, and History Center remain open. Mass, Confessions and Adoration are in Mother of Mercy Hall.