The Wisconsin Way links The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin, just north of Green Bay, with The Shrine of Our Lady, Help of Christians in Holy Hill, outside Milwaukee, via a walking or driving route for pilgrimage.
The Pilgrimage Route
Established in 2013, The Wisconsin Way brings the experience of The Way of St. James (Del Camino de Santiago) to America, expanding pilgrims’ access to the adventure and spiritual blessings of pilgrimage.
Beginning the journey in Champion, pilgrims can experience the beauty and mystery of The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, recently approved and proclaimed as worthy of belief the first Marian apparition site in North America. The establishment of this pilgrimage is in part a fulfillment of Mary’s exhortation to Sister Adele Brise, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.”
Winding through the Wisconsin countryside, pilgrims experience the breathtaking wonder of God’s creation. Each point connects a parish, chapel, shrine or monastery, allowing for prayer and devotion along the way.
Holy Hill provides the stunning destination for the end of the pilgrimage. The Basilica rises above the hills and forest of the Kettle Moraine to be seen for miles. Experience the awe of the natural world surrounding the beauty of the Basilica’s architecture, praying the Stations of the Cross, visiting Jesus in Adoration, and celebrating Mass with other pilgrims.
Hiking on Your Own?
The Wisconsin Way is a young, developing pilgrimage route. Accommodations can require some creative planning, using area B&Bs. The Holy Resurrection Monastery is a must-visit! Once on the Ice Age Trail, reservations can be made to use one of the public shelters. Read Unstoppable Stacey’s excellent Beginner’s Guide for other ideas.