Shrines and Holy Places
In municipality order
The National Shrine of Saint Philomena
W8650 State Road 23
Briggsville, WI 53920
In the late 1940s Father Wiltzius came from the Milwaukee area, and brought with him a first-class relic of the Little Virgin Martyr, originally obtained by Father Maurice Dorney in Naples, in 1937.
Father Wiltzius planned a shrine to be a replica of the dungeon where the young Martyr-Saint, Philomena, had suffered and died to preserve her virginity. At the time he was seventy- six years old. Together with a boy of sixteen they started building the shrine on August 8, 1949. They completed it on September 1, 1950.
There are forty-five tons of granite in the superstructure alone, all hauled and laid by the two. Old Jake used a cane to support himself because he was badly crippled...until the fourth day of work...that's when his "Little Girl Friend", as he fondly called Saint Philomena, fixed him up, he swears. He discarded the cane and didn't use it again.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
4047 Chapel Drive
New Franken, WI 54229
Diocese of Green Bay
(One mile east of Champion on Kewaunee County Highway K)
On Oct. 9, 1859, Adele Brice, a 28 year old Belgian woman, claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her. She said Mary asked her to teach religion to children.
Adele's father, who owned 240 acres of land, built a log chapel on the site. Adele started working on building a school and founding a community of women to teach in it.
In 1861 a new wood frame chapel was built. Four years later work began on a frame convent and a school near the Chapel.
A fire spread across Green Bay on Oct. 8, 1871. Area residents walked around the chapel grounds all night praying the rosary and carrying a statue of Mary. The chapel was saved but everything outside that five-acre area was burned.
On July 5th 1896 Sister Adele Brice died at the Chapel. She was buried on the grounds.
In 1942, the "Our Lady of Good Help" chapel with a shrine to Mary in the crypt was dedicated.
The Chapel school was converted into a pre-Novitiate for the Sisters of St. Francis in 1953.
Diocese of Green Bay web site The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help web site