The 2nd Annual National Novena to Our Lady of Good Help

Be with Mary. Be together. Be at peace. We welcome pilgrims throughout the United States to join us in nine days of prayer during our annual National Novena at the Shrine, October 1st through 9th.

What Is It?

We were excited to receive our National Shrine designation by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2016. As a National Shrine, we are able to hold a National Novena, inviting faithful pilgrims from across the U.S. to our Marian shrine for nine days of peaceful prayer.

When Is It?

Beginning October 1st, we are hosting special guest speakers from around the U.S. to share their faith. The National Novena concludes on Apparition Day, October 9th.

  • Tuesday and Saturday Mass at 8:30am
  • Daily Mass at 11:00am
  • Speakers start daily at 12:15pm
  • Other events will begin after our guest speakers

How Do I Attend?

First, we are proud to welcome all faithful pilgrims to our Marian shrine. To start, visit our Plan Your Visit page to see more information about pilgrimages to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Also see our National Novena flyer for event details.

Daily Intentions, Speakers and Events

Sunday, October 1 – Mary, Queen of Families

Dr. Mary Amore

Dr. Mary Amore, renowned Catholic author

Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Liturgy and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. She is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship: And the Call to Participation, as well as the creator of three DVD series. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, she is a national presenter, and conducts parish missions, retreats and adult faith formation programs. Dr. Amore is also the host of cable show Soul Snackin with Dr. Mary Amore. Married, and the mother of two young adults, Dr. Amore serves as the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries.


Inaugural Champion Shrine Rosary RallyCoast to Coast on Tandem Book Cover

Beginning around 1:00pm after Dr. Amore’s presentation, all are invited to celebrate Family Day. Bring a picnic and enjoy lunch at the Shrine with other families. Children can bring their bikes and ride around our rosary walk. And parents, don’t forget your bikes, too. Families can ride the afternoon away together on additional bike routes near the Shrine.

Bicycle routes have been charted by Peter and Tracy Flucke, owners of WE BIKE, etc., LLC and co-authors of the soon-to-be released book Coast to Coast on a Tandem: Our Adventures Crossing the USA on a Bicycle Built for Two. Assisting Father Andrew Kurz in starting the inaugural Champion Shrine Rosary Rally, the Fluckes recently crisscrossed the U.S. on a tandem bike. They are now assisting Shrine staff in charting pilgrimage cycling routes to and from the Shrine.



Monday, October 2 – Mary, Mother of Mercy

Father Broussard

Father John Broussard of the Fathers of Mercy

Raised in the town of Willis, Texas, Fr. John Broussard was homeschooled all through his elementary and secondary education. His family tried to pray daily, which he believes played a key role in fostering his vocation. Praying with family also helped to develop his love of the rosary, as well as a strong devotion to our Lady. Instilling self-discipline and a strong work ethic, his high school homeschooling was completed through the challenging yet rewarding Seton Home Study School. After graduating from High School, he visited the Franciscans in Hanceville, Alabama, where he met Fr. Wade Menezes with the Fathers of Mercy. Fr. Broussard is now a permanently professed religious brother of the Fathers of Mercy.

Tuesday, October 3 – Mary, Queen of Peace

Father Edward Looney

Father Edward Looney, Marian expert and Shrine historian

During the summer of 2005, Fr. Edward Looney made a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help where he experienced a profound reawakening in his faith. He is an accomplished author, with two children’s books, three devotional works and two informational texts. Fr. Looney regularly contributes to popular online blogs including Catholic Lane, Ignitum Today and Catholic Exchange. A member of the Mariological Society of America, Fr. Looney has also published in theological journals and anticipates the release of his eighth book, A Heart Like Mary’s, this October.


Wednesday, October 4 – Mary, Star of the New Evangelization

Father Andrew Kurz

Father Andrew Kurz, Wisconsin Way pilgrimage founder

Father Andrew Kurz, of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, is the founder of the Wisconsin Way pilgrimage. Taking his inspiration from the movie, The Way, Fr. Kurz has developed numerous walking, riding and combination driving/walking pilgrimages to Champion Shrine. He played an instrumental role in the establishment, in 2017, of the Champion Shrine Rosary Rally that includes the Champion Shrine Rosary Ride.



Thursday, October 5 – Mary, Our Lady of Vocations

Sister Laura Zelton

Sister Laura Zelten of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross

Sister Laura Zelten serves the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay community as Catholic Campus Minister through the Diocese of Green Bay and Newman Club. She believes the role of Campus Ministry is bringing students, faculty and staff into an encounter with Jesus Christ, and helping them to nurture their relationship with Him. She is originally from De Pere, Wisconsin, and is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross. Sr. Zelten graduated from St. Norbert College with a baccalaureate in Education and a Masters of Theological Studies. She also completed her certification in Spiritual Direction from the Franciscan Spirituality Center and the Frank J. Lewis Institute for Catholic Campus Ministry. In her career, she has served as Campus Ministry Director at Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, director of Vocation Ministry at Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Bay Settlement and spent ten years in Central American jungles as a missionary in Nicaragua.

Friday, October 6 – Mary, Mother of Disciples

Mother Mary Catherine

Mother Mary Catherine, Missionaries of the Word

Mother Mary Catherine entered the Missionaries of Charity in June of 1988. She spent almost ten years with this beautiful community before being sent home just before her final vows due to health reasons. Upon returning to Wisconsin, she became a K-3 teacher, and later a principal of a private Catholic grade school in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. In 2009, she left her work to serve the ministry of Catholic Youth Expeditions. On the first of May 2014, the Missionaries of the Word were founded as a Public Association of the Faithful destined to become a religious institute by the Most Reverend Bishop David Ricken at St. Pius X Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Saturday, October 7 – Health of the Sick

Donna Cori Gibson

Donna Cori Gibson, Catholic musician & singer/songwriter

Donna Cori Gibson, has been sharing her songs, singing Catholic prayers and meditations via Golden Arrow Catholic Music and Media in Catholic churches and prayer groups, on TV and at many conferences from coast to coast. She can be heard in interview and song on Catholic radio stations across the nation and worldwide on Mother Angelica’s EWTN Global Catholic Network. She uncovers Catholic treasures hidden in the prayers of the saints, as well as important passages from Scripture, and puts them to music. It is a unique gift which is only enhanced by the power and beauty of her voice. After years of working in New York as a professional singer, songwriter and studio musician, she has moved to the beauty of Washington state where she lives with her husband Matthew and their five children.

Sunday, October 8 – Mary, Queen of Heaven

Dr. John Mortensen

Dr. John Mortensen, Thomas Aquinas Institute and professor at Wyoming Catholic College

Dr. John R. Mortensen, a graduate of the Thomas Aquinas College, became one of only five worldwide recipients of the prestigious Prize of the Pontifical Academies. An associate professor of theology and philosophy at Wyoming Catholic College, Dr. Mortensen was previously an assistant professor at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. For five years, he taught philosophy and theology at the ITI, during which time he also served as director of finance and then as vice president of administration. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.


Rosary Procession and All Night Rosary

Memorializing the miracle of the Peshtigo Fire at the Shrine in 1871, we will pray the Rosary every hour throughout the night. See Shelter from the Fire to learn more about the Peshtigo Fire.

Monday, October 9 – Our Lady of Good Help

Miracle Hunter Michael O'NeillMichael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter

Michael O’Neill is a Relevant Radio host, author and creator of the website, the top online resource on miracles cited worldwide in news articles and books. O’Neill, a graduate of Stanford University and member of the Mariological Society of America and the Theological Commission of the International Marian Association, has been interviewed or served as consultant numerous times for features on Catholic television programs like EWTN’s News Nightly, Bookmark and secular media. He also served as the expert commentator during the 2010 live broadcast of the first Marian apparition approval in history at Champion, Wisconsin. His books include Exploring the Miraculous and 365 Days with Mary.


Special Event Schedule for Monday, October 9

Bishop David Ricken

  • Morning Benediction at 9:00am
  • Apparition Anniversary Day Mass with Most Reverend David L. Ricken, Bishop of Green Bay at 11:00am
  • Speaker Michael O’Neill to start after Mass at 12:15pm
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