Our Path

From Shrine to Shrine

From Shrine to Shrine (National Shrine of St. Joseph at Old St. Joseph Church on the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI), the Walk to Mary winds approximately 21 miles. This proves to be a test in perseverance for nearly everyone.

PLEASE NOTE:  IN THE  FALL OF 2015 THE SHRINE OF ST. JOSEPH WAS MOVED FROM ST. NORBERT ABBEY BACK TO IT'S ORIGINAL HOME AT OLD ST. JOSEPH CHURCH ON THE CAMPUS OF ST. NORBERT COLLEGE IN DE PERE, WI.

PARKING - There will be NO PARKING at St. Norbert College.  You should park at Humana's Office complex and take a shuttle to the starting location (Old St. Joseph Church).

View parking and shuttle information

View St. Norbert College Maps and Directions

View Walk to Mary Route Map

For Pilgrims who cannot walk the entire distance you have options to start the pilgrimage at any of the "JOIN IN" points along the way!

Buses will take Pilgrims back to the starting point upon completion of the journey.  Buses will depart both BEFORE and AFTER Holy Mass.  

The route is divided into five segments, representing the five decades of the rosary.


JOIN IN POINT

LOCATION
MILE
MARKER
MILES TO
WALK
#1 - Start National Shrine of St. Joseph, Old St. Joseph Church on campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI 0 21
#2 St. Peter and Paul Parish, Green Bay, WI 7 14
#3 Holy Cross Parish, Green Bay, WI 14 7
#4 Intersection of Van Lanen and County Line Road - Walk with the Children 19 2
#5 - End Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, Champion, WI 21 0

If you join the pilgrimage at any of the "JOIN IN" points please make sure you arrive at that point before the other pilgrims arrive.  See the Walking Pace below for estimated arrival times.  If you are "JOINING IN" at Holy Cross Parish, please arrive early to provide enough time to enjoy your lunch before starting the pilgrimage.

Pilgrims Will Be Shuttled Across WI Hwy 57 From Holy Cross Parish

For safety reasons pilgrims will be shuttled by bus across WI Hwy 57 from Holy Cross Parish to a point at approximately the intersection of Van Lanen Road and Hemlock Road.  The walking pilgrimage will continue from that point to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.  Pilgrims will be transported upon completion of lunch at Holy Cross Parish.

Fatigued Pilgrim Shuttles

Transportation will be made available to assist Pilgrims who struggle to complete the walk.  There  will be buses available  to either transport fatigued Pilgrims directly from our lunch location (Holy Cross Parish) to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help or back to the Pilgrim's starting point.

Walking Pace

Walking at approximately 2.5 miles per hour the Pilgrims should reach the following locations at the approximate times shown.

Mile Time Location
0 7:00am Old St. Joseph Church on St. Norbert College Campus - National Shrine of St. Joseph
4.75 8:45am Fox River Trail/Mason Street
7 9:30am St. Peter and Paul Parish
12 11:20am University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
14 12:15pm Holy Cross Parish
14 1:30pm Shuttle Bus Drop Off Point - Hemlock Rd/Van Lanen Rd
17.5 2:45pm Van Lanen Rd Intersection with Mercier Rd
21 3:50pm Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help - Champion, WI

Lunch

Sandwich style lunch will be provided, compliments of Rock Garden Conference Center, at Holy Cross Parish, approximately the midway point of the pilgrimage.

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"As part of the New Evangelization, I invite all in our area who are able to join in this journey of faith. Participation in this pilgrimage is a wonderful way to engage the entire family, and especially our young people."

Bishop David L. Ricken
of the Diocese of Green Bay