Champion Shrine receives national designation

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The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, has now become a national shrine.

Bishop David L. Ricken made the announcement on Monday at the shrine, before celebrating mass.

The announcement coincided with celebrating one of the Marian Feast Days, the Solemnity of the Assumption.

The designation was made by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared to a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise at this site back in 1859.

Since then, various chapels have been built honoring the apparition site.

For a shrine to be designated at a national level, it must first become a Diocesan Shrine.

That designation happened by Bishop Ricken back in 2010.

On Monday, the church also debuted a new logo and a plaque commemorating the national designation.

Bishop Ricken says the designation will encourage more people to make pilgrimages to the Shrine, from around the country and around the world.

“The Bishops honor what has happened here,” Ricken said.

Ricken also continued to say, “They believe what has happened and so they would certainly extend to people in their diocese an invitation to organize pilgrimages to come here.”

The Shrine is the only Marian Apparition Site recognized by the Vatican in the United States.

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