[Addendum: There is a distinction between the approval given many years ago to Our Lady of America, and that recently given to Our Lady of Good Help by Bishop Ricken. That distinction is explained in Brian Kelly's extensive article "First Approved Marian Apparition in the US, Champion, Wisconsin."]
Some are calling it the United States’ first approved Marian apparition. Not so — Our Lady of America has that distinction. But this second approved apparition is a cause for great joy.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (December 8, 2010) — Bishop David Ricken announced today that he officially approves the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.
The announcement was made during a special Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion.
Declared with moral certainty
Reading from his decree, the Bishop stated, “I declare with moral certainty and in accord with the norms of the Church that the events, apparitions and locutions given to Adele Brise in October of 1859 do exhibit the substance of supernatural character, and I do hereby approve these apparitions as worthy of belief (although not obligatory) by the Christian faithful.” [Read more...]