Fr Peter Stryker is a native of Cincinnati. After a stint providing hospitality to Westin Hotel guests, he followed God’s call to priesthood with the Fathers of Mercy and now provides hospitality to pilgrims visiting Our Lady of Good Help Shrine near Green Bay Wisconsin. For over 150 years people have come to this site where the Blessed Mother appeared to Adele Brise , asking her to teach the catechism to children of French and Belgium descent. Adele succeeded in raising the funds to build a school, convent and chapel at the apparition site, which has become a place of physical and spiritual healing.
It was on October 9, 1859, that the Queen of Heaven appeared to Adele Brise in Champion (Robinsonville), Wisconsin.The apparitions to “Sister” Adele took place 20 months after Mary appeared in Lourdes France to St Bernadette.
When Adele asked the apparition, “In God’s name, who are you and what do you want of me?”, the lady in white replied,
“I am the Queen of Heaven, who prays for the conversion of sinners, and I wish you to do the same. You received Holy Communion this morning, and that is well. But you must do more. Make a general confession, and offer Communion for the conversion of sinners. If they do not convert and do penance, my Son will be obliged to punish them.”
The Blessed Mother went on to say, “Gather the children in this wild country and teach them what they should know for salvation.” Adele replied, “But how shall I teach them who know so little myself?” Mary replied, “Teach them their catechism, how to sign themselves with the sign of the Cross, and how to approach the sacraments; that is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing. I will help you.”
On December 8, 2010, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken gave official Church approval of the Marian apparitions that occurred in the month of October at Robinsonville, now known as Champion, Wisconsin. The Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.”
This declaration makes the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only Marian shrine in the United States that is on the site of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.