Sorry I didn't post this yesterday. I had no free time whatsoever.
From the time he was named Bishop of La Crosse in 1994, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke reflected upon and prayed about the pastoral needs of the entire Diocese of La Crosse. He spoke about his concern for the family which has suffered so many assaults in recent times. He also expressed concern about the violence which more and more marks American culture.
In November, 1995, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, then Bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse, met with a small group of people to discuss his ideas for a Marian shrine.
At that time a piece of property was available in La Crosse which had formerly been a part of the Diocese of La Crosse. After learning that the property was subject to many potential environmental hazards, the idea of purchasing the property was abandoned.
Through what many believe is divine providence, a beautiful site of approximately 70 acres was gifted by the Robert Swing family to be used for the purpose of building the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 2005, the Shrine purchased additional acres adjacent to the Pilgrim Center to bring the Shrine grounds to approximately 100 acres of beautiful woodlands. The site is part of the rich history of the Coulee region.
The Swing family’s gift of this beautiful tract of land began with the desire of the late Mr. Swing, who had always hoped that the beautiful site which he had cared for so well might one day become a place to draw people closer to God. Mrs. Swing, her son Father John Swing and her daughter, Mrs. Jeanne Pavela, are carrying forward Mr. Swing’s dream.
|PART of a large mural on the Narthex ceiling|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe on the ceiling|
|St. Juan Diego|
|Church (It's hard to believe that this was completed in 2008!)|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe|
|Sacred Heart Altar (my mom's in the red coat)|
|Immaculate Heart Statue|
|Back of Church & Pipe Organ|
|St. Joseph and the Sacred Heart|
|St. Therese of Lisieux side altar|
|Memorial to the Unborn|
I regret that I couldn't go closer to this touching memorial, but the snow was up to my ankles and I was wearing only sneakers! I did get a miniature statue of the Mother of the Unborn statue (you can slightly see to the right) at the gift shop though!
Our Lady of Good Counsel Votive Chapel
|Our Lady of Fatima|
|Our Lady of Good Counsel (This window is larger than|
|Votive candle pyramid|
|Our Lady of Knock|
|Our Lady of Fatima statue (believe it or not this is made|
out of wood!)
A very friendly volunteer in the chapel told us all about the stained glass windows and the story of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima...if only I could remember all she told me!
I was so glad to visit this wonderful shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe! I'd love to go back in the spring/summer time so I could see more of it, as some of it had been covered by snow, an example being the stations of the cross and Rosary walk.
For more (and better) pictures of the shrine click here.
Let's see. I've visited Our Lady of Good Help and now Our Lady of Guadalupe...Holy Hill here I come!