Wendy Zeuli of Our Lady of Grace in Edina last year came up with a new way to celebrate Mother’s Day — go on a pilgrimage with her daughter, Katie.
Wendy chose a newer pilgrimage called the Wisconsin Way, which begins 16 miles northeast of Green Bay in Champion, at a Marian shrine called Our Lady of Good Help, and winds its way south 130 miles through rural terrain to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill near Milwaukee.
She had met the priest who created it, Father Andrew Kurz, when he was giving a presentation to American pilgrims who had walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain, which Wendy did in 2015.
After seeing the 2011 film, The Way, one Wisconsin priest decided to do his own spin on the 500-mile Camino de Santiago that took place in Spain. Father Andrew Kurz just completed a 120-mile pilgrimage across the state and he tells Gene Mueller that he is not stopping there.
Over the course of the October 13 pilgrimage on The Wisconsin Way, several media outlets picked up the story. We are very grateful for their interest!
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Local priest blazes pilgrimage across Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wis., Oct 27, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- "Pray with Mary, walk with Jesus," is the motto of Fr. Andrew Kurz, who just finished praying and walking 120 miles in the Wisconsin countryside as part of a new pilgrimage he dubbed "The Wisconsin Way".
Fr. Kurz began the 12-day trek along the Ice Age trail Oct. 13, starting at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in New Franken, Wis., and ending at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus, Wis.
The pilgrimage has been in the works since March, when Fr. Kurz was inspired by the movie "The Way", a 2011 film about the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.
Priest takes steps to promote 'Wisconsin Way' walking pilgrimages
GREEN BAY — After watching "The Way," a 2011 movie that chronicles a father's journey by foot along Spain's 500-mile-long El Camino de Santiago, Fr. Andrew Kurz had an idea. Why not offer a walking pilgrimage here in Wisconsin?
After months of prayer, consultation and planning, Fr. Kurz, administrator of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Humboldt and St. Joseph Parish in Champion, decided to map out and create his own walking pilgrimage from one Marian shrine (the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion) to another (the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians in Hubertus). It's his hope that he can ignite a walking pilgrimage movement in this country.