Necedah, Wisconsin: Virgin Mary Appeared Here
Queen of the Holy Rosary Mediatrix of Peace Shrine
- W5703 Shrine Rd, Necedah, WI
- At the Queen of the Holy Rosary Mediatrix of Peace Shrine. I-90/94 exit 61. Drive north on Hwy 80 seven miles, then bear left and continue on Hwy 80 for four miles into Necedah. Turn right onto 3rd St/Hwy 21 for one mile, then right onto 4th St, then left onto Shrine Rd.
- Daily 9:30 am - 9 pm. (Call to verify)
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Statues of Lincoln, Washington, and Jesus stand together at the Mediatrix of Peace Shrine. Mary, Mother of God, visited in 1950, and reportedly still occasionally stops by. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [09/30/2008]
Visitor Tips and News About Virgin Mary Appeared Here
We ventured to the shrine to see the Lincoln, Washington, and Jesus statues only to find out that they have been removed for the time being. The church they have been trying to build for 50 years took over their spot.[Jean Dunk, 08/14/2012]
We spoke with the Shrine, and they confirmed that Abe, George, and Jesus are in storage for now while work is underway on the adjacent House of Prayer. "We didn't want to drop something and smash them," the Shrine told us.
In the 1950s, a woman named Mary Ann Van Hoof had a vision of the Virgin Mary in her backyard and it created a sensationalistic pilgrimage by millions of people to the site. A shrine was built, complete with religious statues in hyperbolic chambers! It is a fairly large site with a path leading to different scenes behind glass. Plans for a 2,000 seat cathedral were started in the '60s, but the footers and half walls are left standing to rot right now because of lack of funds. There is a 24-hour perpetual prayer hut, replica of the lady's house with a window full of demonic looking dolls hailing a Mother Mary doll dressed in black, and gift shop, which sells stuff that looks like it was made in the 1960s. Lots of free literature too. It is nothing like those "Biblical Gardens" tourist attractions. There is one statue of Jesus hung on the cross with bloody cuts all over his body....a lot of the depictions are very violent.[Amanda Tollefson, 09/15/2002]
A shrine outside town where a local woman decided that the visions she had in the late 1950s were, in fact, a visitation from no less than the Blessed Virgin. She stirred up enough local believers to promote visits to the site and to incur the interest of the Milwaukee press, and in fact a mass viewing of some unexplained celestial phenomenon subsequently occurred, if newspaper accounts are to be believed. Application to the Catholic Church for verification of a genuine miracle has brought nothing but rebuttal of the validity of her claims. Nevertheless, enough donations have been culled to erect a gift shop and various religious dioramas on the site, and a chapel has been under construction there for some years. A sign outside the premises announces that the Blessed Virgin has no patience for women who wear "unfeminine attire" (i.e., pants of any kind); improperly-clothed women wishing to visit the site are loaned wrap skirts at the gate at no charge.[Joseph Holly, 12/10/1999]