privileges granted
privileges granted The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been granted the same spiritual benefits as the apparition site, the Basillica of Our Lady of Guadalupe,  in Mexico City.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been granted the same spiritual benefits as the apparition site, the Basillica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City.

By Decree of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization:

The same privileges granted to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico have been accorded to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse (Wisconsin, USA).  In particular, the same spiritual benefits may be obtained in making a traditional pilgrimage to venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe at the Shrine of La Crosse, in place of the Shrine in Mexico City.

In this regard, having understood the pastoral reasons that tend to foster popular spirituality, this Dicastery:

  • Considering that not all pilgrims, especially those of Mexican nationality, can go to their country of origin to thank the Virgin Mary every year;
  • Considering that the current Covid-19 pandemic is strongly hindering persons' travel;
  • Considering that the pilgrimage of every Christian is recognized as a true profession of faith and becomes a moment of grace essential for the Christian life;
  • Considering the importance of fostering the popular spirituality so rooted in the faithful.

 

A spiritual destination for pilgrims

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, faithful to the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary through her appearances on the American continent in 1531, serves the spiritual needs of those who suffer poverty in body and soul. It is a place of ceaseless prayer for the corporal and spiritual welfare of God’s children, especially those in most need.