The eyes of the Church were focused on a small rural chapel with a rich history located just outside of Green Bay, Wis., not too long ago. It was December 2010 and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Bishop David Ricken, Green Bay’s 12th ecclesiastic leader, had just declared the apparitions of Our Lady of Good Help to a Belgian immigrant girl named Adele Brise to be authentic and free of error.
As headlines and Internet sites splashed the news of North America’s first officially recognized Marian apparition site, locals in the area already knew the obvious: This part of Wisconsin settled by the Belgians some 150 years ago was holy ground.
William Laatsch, a retired...READ MORE