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The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is now the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion.
By Joseph Pronechen, EWTN News, April 23, 2023
CHAMPION, Wis. — The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, received an official change of names on Thursday.
Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, officially announced its name is now the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion. At the same time, he proclaimed the Mass celebrating the anniversary of the only approved Marian apparitions in the United States, held at the shrine every Oct. 9, has been raised by the Holy See to the rank of a solemnity.
Previously, in 2010, Bishop Ricken declared the apparitions to Adele Brise in the town of Champion in 1859 “Worthy of Belief.” With the declaration, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help became the first and only approved apparition of the Blessed Mother in the United States. Then, in 2016, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops named it a “national shrine.” …