Over 5,800 Pilgrims Participate in 11th Annual Walk to Mary

Every year, the Walk to Mary grows in its attendance, and this year was no exception. In 2022, the 21-mile walk from the National Shrine of St. Joseph in De Pere, Wisconsin to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Champion (then Our Lady of Good Help) saw 3,374 people participate in the pilgrimage. In 2023, attendance rose by 60% to 5,530 people. And this year, a record-breaking 5,892 pilgrims joined us for the Walk to Mary.

And it wasn’t 5,892 people from just Green Bay, or even Wisconsin. These pilgrims came from 44 different states to show their respect and love for Our Lady and to ask for her intercession.

Why do people travel tens or hundreds or thousands of miles to make this life-changing walk? Their intentions range from the desire to find a spouse or have children to prayers for the healing of a loved one or to find a new job. As Father Rocky repeated many times leading up to the Walk, “If you want a house, if you want a spouse, if you want a baby, don’t say maybe. Come to the Walk to Mary!”

Over the years, Relevant Radio has witnessed God answering thousands of prayers and intentions, many times through the intercession of His Blessed Mother, Mary. With the Shrine to Our Lady of Champion being the first and only Church-approved Marian apparition within the United States, we have direct access to Our Lady within our very borders.

“Let go of your loved ones – meaning, entrust them to divine providence. Take your intentions and place them in the heart of the Sorrowful Mother – she knows she can take it. Allow your loved ones to be entrusted to the Blessed Mother; Mary’s unspeakable love included depriving herself of her own Son and her Lord – true love like this involves total sacrifice.” (Bishop David Ricken)

If you were unable to make it to the 2024 Walk to Mary, but need Our Lady’s Intercession, be sure to look out for registration in February of 2025. And until then, rely on Marian favorites: Hail Holy Queen, The Memorare, and the Holy Rosary. Our Lady knows the way to Her Son’s heart, and she will never leave us unaided.

John Hanretty serves as a Digital Media Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of the Gupta College of Business at the University of Dallas. Besides being passionate about writing, his hobbies include drawing and digital design. You can read more of his daily articles at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.