Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wisconsin Shrine:'It's like heaven touching earth'

Devout Catholics across the state are making pilgrimages to a sacred shrine in Wisconsin.
Cornfields and towering grain silos line the Minnesota Catholics' approach to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. The smell of manure wafts from nearby dairy farms.
But the parking lot where the motor coach stops is newly graveled, and plans to expand beyond the shrine's small brick church and gift shop are in progress. Because like this group from Hastings, pilgrims are coming.
It's here at this modest shrine in the heart of Wisconsin farm country, where Catholics believe the Virgin Mary appeared more than 150 years ago....  Continue reading here

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