Tuesday, June 28, 2016

At the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe

One would not expect to find a $46 million shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the hills of Wisconsin, but there is one.  It was the brainchild of Bishop Burke when he served in the diocese.

First you go into a small candle chapel with about 800 candles reaching to the ceiling. 

Windows represent various apparitions of Mary: Knock, Lourdes, Fatima, Guadalupe, and others.

On the way up to the church one passes this image of the Holy Family. Note Bishop Burke and the donors on the left.

The church.

Just a tiny bit of the ceiling fresco in the vestibule:

Our guide indicated that the baldacchino was modeled on Santa Maria Maggiore. 

The rosary walk features interesting original artworks. Notice that Pentecost appears to be taking place in the shrine church itself.

This place was quite something.