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Walk to Mary Pilgrimage to Begin at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, April 26, 2016
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

The 2016 Walk to Mary, an annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wis., will take place on Saturday, May 7, with a starting point on the St. Norbert College campus. The walk begins at the Shrine of St. Joseph, which was moved from St. Norbert Abbey back to its original location at Old St. Joseph Church on the college campus in the fall of 2015. The walk's ultimate destination, the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, marks the site of the first and only authenticated Marion apparition in the United States, which took place in 1859 and was formally approved in 2010.

The 21-mile route is divided into five segments, representing the five decades of the rosary: the Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert College, St. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay, Holy Cross Parish in Green Bay, the intersection of Van Lanen and County Line Road, and finally the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. Those who do not wish to undertake the full walk can join in at any of these points along the way. The walk is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 7; a full schedule is available at https://walktomary.com/information/our-path.

Registration for this event is online only. The cost is $25 for adults, $10 for students, and free for children ages four and under. The registration fee includes a sandwich-style lunch, provided at Holy Cross Parish (the approximate midpoint of the walk) with the compliments of the Rock Garden Conference Center, as well as transportation back to the starting point and pilgrimage souvenirs. To register for the event, visit https://walktomary.com/information/sign-up-now.

On the Sunday following the Walk to Mary, pilgrims are invited to join in the May Celebration at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. The celebration, which has been a tradition since the apparition of 1859, includes holy Mass at 11 a.m., followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Eucharistic rosary procession walking along the property lines that were protected from the devastation of the Peshtigo Fire in 1871.

For more information on the Walk to Mary, visit https://walktomary.com or contact Pat Deprey at pdeprey@new.rr.com.