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ABC's 'Primetime Nightline' to air piece July 13 on Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

A press release posted to the Green Bay Diocese website:

GREEN BAY, Wis. (July 5, 2011) -- The ABC News program "Primetime Nightline" featuring the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help has been rescheduled to 9 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 13, on the ABC network, including WBAY, Channel 2.

Shrines around world
In "The Miracle Mysteries," "Nightline" co-anchor Bill Weir journeys from Nazareth and Rwanda to Spain, Bosnia, and across the U.S. to explore "The Miracle Mysteries." These destinations are pilgrimage sites for people who believe profoundly that the Virgin Mary has appeared to and communicated with ordinary people.

As part of his investigation, Weir visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, and interviewed Bishop David Ricken as well as others who recounted their experiences at the Shrine.

"The piece was shot on May 6 and 7," said Shrine volunteer Karen Tipps. "The crew arrived the evening of May 6 because they wanted to walk the grounds and get the Shrine history during quiet time. May 7 was a retreat day for a confirmation class from the Diocese of La Crosse, so Bill (Weir) got to talk to those kids. It was a good experience for them."

Bishop affirmed apparitions
Bishop Ricken's declaration affirmed that in October 1859, Mary appeared three times to Adele Brise, a young Belgian immigrant, who said a lady dressed in dazzling white appeared to her and claimed to be the "Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners."

The Lady asked Brise to pray for sinners, gather the children and teach them what they should know for salvation. She also gave Brise these words of encouragement: "Go and fear nothing, I will help you."

U.S.'s only approved apparition
Bishop Ricken's declaration made Our Lady of Good Help at Champion the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Blessed Virgin.

In his decree, Bishop Ricken said, "I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful."

The Shrine is in Champion, 16 miles northeast of Green Bay, and includes a chapel and outdoor Stations of the Cross.

Staff stayed three days
The "Nightline" staff spent three days in the Diocese in the spring.

Bishop Ricken said he is confident that the "Nightline" segment will benefit viewers. "We look forward to welcoming many of them to the shrine in the months and years ahead."


Who we are
The Catholic Diocese of Green Bay works to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ by helping people in need and by providing academic, leadership and spiritual formation opportunities to parish and school leaders. Established in 1868, the Diocese is composed of 345,000 Catholics in 16 counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewaunee, Langlade, Manitowoc, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago.

Deacon Ray DuBois
Director of Communications
Phone: 920-272-8213
E-mail: rdubois@gbdioc.org

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