An American Pilgrimage

The Wisconsin Way links The Shrine of Our Lady of Champion in New Franken, Wisconsin, just northeast 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 (El Camino de Santiago) to America, expanding pilgrims’ access to the adventure and spiritual blessings of pilgrimage.

Beginning the journey in New Franken, pilgrims can experience the beauty and mystery of The Shrine of Our Lady of Champion, recently approved and proclaimed worthy of belief, the first Marian apparition site approved by the Catholic Church 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 is the stunning destination for the end of the pilgrimage. The Basilica rises above the hills and forest of the Kettle Moraine and can be seen for miles. Experience the awe of the natural world surrounding the beauty of the Basilica’s architecture, pray the Stations of the Cross, visit Jesus in Adoration, and celebrate Mass with other pilgrims.

Preparing for your WI Way Pilgrimage: Guidebook and Patch

The guidebook to help you plan your own Wisconsin Way pilgrimage is now available. Read more about Stacey Wittig’s Spiritual and Walking Guide for The Wisconsin Way.

Get your Wisconsin Way patch at Etsy.