3-Day Midwest Pilgrimage
Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (LaCrosse)
National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help (Green Bay)
National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown (Chicago)
St. Matthew Catholic Parish
CEDAR RAPIDS / LACROSSE / GREEN BAY
Thursday, June 2
Depart St. Matthew Catholic Parish today on board a luxury motorcoach arriving at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, WI. The shrine sits on 70 acres of beautiful rolling hills in western Wisconsin near the Mississippi River. Enjoy a guided tour of the Shrine Church, daily Mass, lunch at the Shrine Cafe, and free time to explore the grounds. Continue on through Wisconsin’s lake country to downtown Green Bay to your hotel for overnight accommodations. The evening is at your leisure to enjoy downtown Green Bay featuring several restaurants, breweries, and even a riverfront walkway along the Fox River.
GREEN BAY / CHICAGO
Friday, June 3
Depart downtown Green Bay for the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI. Situated on six acres of peaceful farmland in northeastern Wisconsin, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help preserves the spot where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a young Belgian immigrant woman named Adele Brise in 1859. Enjoy a day of prayer and reflection including daily Mass, the rosary, and time to explore other devotional areas of the shrine. Continue on down the Lake Michigan corridor to downtown Chicago to your hotel for overnight accommodations located on the Magnificent Mile. The evening is free for you to explore Chicago with lots of options within walking distance as well as the Red Line just a few blocks away.
CHICAGO / CEDAR RAPIDS
Saturday, June 4
Depart downtown Chicago for the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown in Libertyville, IL. Tucked into the northern suburbs of Chicago lies 15 acres of beautiful land that is home to the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, which includes the Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, an educational Holocaust exhibit, relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe, and the Marytown Gift Shop & Bookstore as well several outdoor shrines. Enjoy a brief history of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Marytown, mid-day prayer and daily Mass with the Conventual Franciscan Friars, veneration of the relic of St. Maximilian, and time to explore grounds and tour the chapel. All too soon your pilgrimage is over as you board the motorcoach to return to Cedar Rapids.