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 May 18, 2018 - Hubertus, WI -- Canons, oblates and faithful from across the upper Midwest once again attended the annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus, Wisconsin.

Gathering amid the lovely spring woodlands, the pilgrims began the event by processing through the rolling hills as they prayed the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Along the Station Way, they sang and prayed, ending at the narthex of the Basilica. A light, sprinkling rain was a reminder of the shower of graces their petitions hoped to obtain. Finally passing through the Bronze Doors of the Annunciation, the pilgrims processed into the Basilica singing “Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat!” – Christ wins, Christ reigns, Christ commands.

Solemn High Mass was offered by the newly-ordained American priest, Canon Luke Zignego, who grew up a mere stones-throw from the Basilica. He was assisted by Canons Benjamin Coggeshall as deacon and Jean-Baptiste Commins as subdeacon. The sanctuary was complete with the other canons from the region as well as the oblates, seminarians and dozens of blue-clad altar boys from the various apostolates.

The Provincial Superior of the United States, Canon Matthew Talarico, prefaced the Solemn Mass by reading a letter of welcome from Monsignor Gilles Wach, the Prior General of the Institute, and then would preach an inspiring sermon on the irreplaceable importance of the priesthood, our support and encouragement of priestly and religious vocations, and while confiding all things to Our Lady, Mother of the Priesthood, to have a true and fervent devotion to her Divine Son, the Sovereign Priest, our Holy Infant King.

For the glory of our Divine King and the honor of our heavenly Queen, the choir and string musicians from St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee provided the celestial music for the sacred Liturgy.

Following the Mass, pilgrims gathered for a friendly picnic lunch, visiting and enjoying the now-clear skies before reassembling in the Basilica’s crypt chapel dedicated to St. Therese of the Child Jesus for the closing Solemn Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.


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