Earlier this summer I had an opportunity to visit the Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, in Hubertus. I was asked by the Carmelite Friars to photograph all of the stained glass windows on the property. This not only included the upper Basilica, but the lower chapel, known as the St. Therese Chapel, the monastery and another prayer room.
The project required the use of hydraulic lifts to get close to eye level with the windows in the upper and lower churches. It was quite a rush ascending above the pews in the basilica – a view few people have experienced.
The basilica at Holy Hill is one of three sites that The Compass visits on its annual “Wisconsin Shrine Pilgrimage” to approved Marian shrines. The next pilgrimage will be held Monday, Oct. 12, to Wednesday, Oct. 14. Other stops include the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.
One of the recent additions at Holy Hill are new stained glass windows inside the St. Therese Chapel, which is dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux. The 16 windows, created by Conrad Schmitt Studios of Milwaukee, depict the life of the saint known as the “Little Flower.” I have included a slideshow of the windows here for viewing.
If you would like to see the windows first hand, sign up for the Wisconsin Shrine Pilgrimage today. There are still openings on this three-day pilgrimage led by Bishop David Ricken. To learn more and or to register, go to this link on our website.
About Sam Lucero
Lucero is news and information director for The Compass and a 30-year veteran of the Catholic press. When not at his desk, he enjoys taking photos and posting them online to share with friends. His “Bugs Up Close,” a macrophotography gallery of insects and plants found in his back yard, is a work in progress. To see a sample go to his Inspired Images website. Follow him on Twitter for tweets about church, photography and technology.