Our Lady’s appearances to young Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, in 1858 are well known and well documented. Just one year later, a lesser-known but still important Marian apparition took place in an American frontier settlement.
Based on historical documents, testimonies, personal interviews, and expert analysis, America’s Mary: The Story of Our Lady of Good Help chronicles for the first time the United States’ only Church-approved Marian apparition.
In 1859 on the Door County Peninsula of northeast Wisconsin, Mary appeared three times to a young Belgian woman named Adele Brise. She identified herself as the Queen of Heaven and gave Adele instructions to teach the children their catechism, pray, do penance, sacrifice, and receive the sacraments frequently. Adele was initially met with skepticism, and during her lifetime she experienced many trials, including persecution. Still, she maintained that she was telling the truth and courageously carried on the mission the Blessed Mother had given to her.
Although the local community accepted Adele’s story as real, and popular piety built up around Mary’s appearances and messages, it was more than 100 years before the Church conducted a thorough investigation. In 2010, the apparition was approved.
Since then, thousands of pilgrims each year have visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI, seeking the Queen of Heaven’s intercession for peace, healing, and help.
Simple to use, and simply beautiful, the Simply Faithful: My Catholic Prayer Journal offers brief reflections on Catholic prayer, and provides lined pages for notes, prayers, doodles - whatever draws you closer to God. It’s an uncomplicated and flexible journal you can use any way you like. The Our Lady of Lourdes design is a lovely way to honor the Blessed Mother and ask for her intercession as you pray.
Bring your family to Jesus through Mary with Marian Consecration for Families with Young Children. Featuring a traditional 33-day preparation for consecration, this book is written and beautifully illustrated to help children ages 3-7 to understand and grow in faith and Marian devotion. Each day includes an image of Mary, a short reflection, and discussion questions to spark faith-filled conversations.
Ponder the fruits of the Holy Spirit in the Mary’s life — peace, love, surrender, hope, gentleness, joy, serenity, self-control, generosity, gratitude, patience, faithfulness, and abundance — with a timely and relevant daily meditation perfect for your busy life. You’ll begin with a quote from Scripture, followed by a brief reflection, and a question or act to consider, and a short prayer to Mary to carry through your day.
America's got faith! You’ll find it in every state - in grand cathedrals and tiny chapels, in miracle shrines and underwater statues, and even in blessed dirt. Finding these sacred places hasn’t been easy - until now! Monuments, Marvels, and Miracles: A Traveler’s Guide to Catholic America takes you to more than 500 of the country’s most intriguing holy sites, each with a riveting story to tell.