What do Lourdes, France; Fatima, Portugal; and Champion, Wisconsin all have in common? As of today, they are all Church approved Marian apparition sites!
As his Excellency, David Ricken, bishop of Green Bay, pronounced today: “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.” St. Mary told this young Belgian immigrant, “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 well. But you must do more. Make a general confession and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners… Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation… Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you.” The 151-year old Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin is now the first and only Church approved Marian apparition site in the United States.