- First Class Hotels
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Guided Tours
Day 1 Motorcoach Transportation, Driver’s Room & Tips
On arrival at the Green Bay airport, a professional tour manager will meet your group at baggage claim, and escort you to your waiting motorcoach. Two Nights Lodging Kress Inn & Bemus Conference Center Your overnight accommodations are in De Pere, WI, just south of Green Bay. You will be at the Kress Hotel on the campus St Norbert College. Founded in 1898 and celebrating 900 years of the Norbertine order, St. Norbert College is one of America’s a top-ranked Catholic liberal arts college. The Kress Hotel and Conference Center offers a boutique hotel experience. It is known for it’s beautiful location along the Fox River, and is situated at the edge of the St. Norbert College campus and convenient to many local attractions. St Norbert’s College Tour Once everyone has checked into their rooms, you will gather for a narrated tour by a student or docent of St. Norbert College. This school is a private Catholic Institution that was founded in 1898 by a Dutch immigrant priest for the purpose of training young men for the priesthood. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,000, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 113 acres, bounded on the east side by the Fox River. One featured stop will be at Calawerts Family Grotto of Our Lady honoring Mary, the Mother of God. It’s a beautiful place in the gentler weather months and is available for prayer or quiet reflection. The National Shrine of St. Joseph Part of your tour will feature a visit to National Shrine of St. Joseph, also on campus. It was first described as a shrine in 1890, and termed a national shrine in 1892 from correspondence with Pope Leo XIII.
Day 2 The National Shrine of our Lady of Good Hope
The majority of this day will be spent at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Hope, this is the only Marian Shrine in America and with Lourdes, Fatima and Guadalupe, it is one of four worldwide. Surrounded by Farm Country in NE Wisconsin, this peace-filled holy ground was deemed ‘worthy of belief’ by authority of the Catholic Church, that Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared. Identifying herself as ‘The Queen of Heaven who prays for the conversion of sinners,’ Mary appeared in October 1859 to a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise. According to the direct accounts of those who worked with Adele throughout the years of her mission work, she was instructed, in a series of locutions by Our Lady, to ‘make a general confession, pray and offer communion for the conversion of sinners and to gather the children in the wild country to teach them what they needed to know for their salvation.’ She further instructed Adele, to ‘teach the children their catechism, how to ‘make the sign of the cross’ and how to ‘approach the sacraments.’ Mary ended by saying: ‘That is what I wish you to do. Go and fear nothing, I will help you.’ Full Day on the Champion Shrine Grounds Arriving at about 9:00am and staying until 4:00pm will give everyone ample time to tour Champion Shrine grounds that includes a chapel and apparition oratory. In the lower level of the chapel, a new prayer and events center, outdoor rosary walk and stations of the cross, a welcome center with shrine history, a gift shop and the original historic schoolhouse building where Adele Brise once taught. The schoolhouse building contains meeting/ gathering rooms and an onsite cafe. The chapel, Apparition Oratory, outdoor stations of the cross and outdoor rosary walk are open 365 days a year. Welcome and History Talk After being welcomed by shrine staff or volunteers pilgrims will receive general information about the shrine, there is a half-hour history talk with discussion on the process of apparition approval by the church. Holy Mass in the Shrine Chapel The Champion Shrine is a sacred place through which the power of prayer to Jesus, under the mantle of The Blessed Mother, has led to many graces. Confessions are before Mass starting at 10:00am and ending at 2:00pm. Rosary in the Chapel begins at 10:30. Holy Mass in the shrine chapel is at 11:00am. Priests with credentials submitted and accepted may concelebrate/celebrate a Mass at scheduled Mass times and a private Mass can be scheduled. School House Cafe Luncheons A lunch from the School House Cafe is included in this package. All travelers will have a choice of sandwich, sub or wrap, with a bag of chips and a beverage. Visit & Pray at Devotional Areas on the grounds. Your afternoon is filled with the opportunity to visit, reflect and pray at the many other devotional areas on the shrine grounds. That includes Mother of Mercy Hall, Apparition Oratory, Or Lady of Fatima Grotto, The Rosary Walk, St. Grotto, the Stations of the Cross and the Welcome Center. Let’s not forget that the shrine gift shop is also open and is a great source of religious gifts, statues, books, videos, music and artwork. Dinner at local restaurant Returning from the shrine, your dinner this will evening will at a local restaurant near the Kress Hotel.
Day 3 Packer Trolley Tour
This morning, your group will get an overview of Green Bay’s Legends, Heroes and History on the 90-minute Packer Trolley Tour. From train depots to churches, you’ll go back more than 100 years. It’s a fascinating ride along the Packers Heritage Trail. With photo opportunities at special landmarks, including stops at old City Stadium and the Heritage Trail Plaza, you’ll be led by a knowledgeable, entertaining guide who will help bring to life the story of Green Bay and its team. At tours end, we drop you at the airport for your homebound flights.