Bishop Ricken appoints Fathers of Mercy to shrine

By | May 26, 2011

Fr. John Doerfler, vicar general and chancellor of the Green Bay Diocese, who serves as shrine rector, said two Fathers of Mercy will be assigned to the shrine. “One will be appointed as the rector of the shrine and the other will be appointed as the chaplain,” he said, adding that he will cease serving as shrine rector.


The chapel of the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

The priests will serve the needs of pilgrims to the shrine, including celebrating Masses and hearing confessions.

Fr. Doerfler noted that Bishop Ricken led a retreat for members of the religious congregation several years ago and got to know the community. “The community has a Marian spirituality,” he said. “Their apostolate matches the shrine: preaching and catechizing. That’s consonant with the mission that the Blessed Mother gave to Adele, so all of those pieces line up very well.”

According to a press release from the Green Bay Diocese, the Fathers of Mercy community “consecrate themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary every year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8.”

“Placing themselves under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, they profess their final/perpetual vows on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and they try to schedule all of their ordinations on a Marian feast day,” the press release stated.


The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion will hold is annual May celebration and rosary procession on May 29 beginning with an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. A rosary procession will follow. The annual celebration has historically lasted about two hours. This year’s attendance is expected to exceed the average past attendance of 400 people. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

For more information and directions, visit, or contact Karen Tipps, shrine volunteer, at (920) 866-2571.

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