Attention all Walk to Mary participants. You need to read this information so you know what to do, where to go, and what to bring. We recommend you print this out and use it as a handy reference.
Pilgrim packets need to be picked up at Rock Garden Conference Center/Comfort Suites from noon until 8 pm, Friday, May 3rd.
Overnight accommodations – Rooms can be reserved at one of our sponsors. We have a block of rooms set aside – Comfort Suites has rooms available only on Friday night – Holiday Inn Express Green Bay East has rooms available on Friday and Saturday.
Start times vary by location. It is important to arrive at your start location early enough to park and prepare for your journey.
- National Shrine of St. Joseph – If you are starting your journey at the National Shrine of St. Joseph at St. Norbert Abbey you should arrive in plenty of time to park your car, use rest rooms, fill up your water bottle, etc. A short liturgical service will start at 6:45 am inside the Abbey Church. Confessions are being offered before the liturgical service. If you want to go to confession you might arrive at 6 am. The Walk will begin at approximately 7 am.
- St. Peter and Paul Parish – If you are joining in at this point you should be ready to go around 9am. The Pilgrims should arrive at St. Peter and Paul somewhere around 8:45 – 9 am. Pilgrims will refill water bottles and use rest rooms. We will take a 15 minute break. We should start walking again around 9:15 – 9:30 am. Please be ready to go. Parking is available at St. Peter and Paul and across the street at Nicolet Elementary School.
- University of Wisconsin – Green Bay – If you are joining in at this point you should be ready to go around 10:45am. The Pilgrims should arrive at UW – Green Bay around 10:45. Pilgrims will refill water bottles and use rest rooms. We will only take a very short break since our lunch stopping point at Holy Cross School is only about 1 hour further. Parking is available near the soccer fields on east side of the campus. Our “join in” point is slightly east of the intersection of S. Circle Drive and Leon Bond Drive.
- Holy Cross Parish – If you are joining in at this point you should arrive around 11:30 am and enjoy lunch. The Pilgrims should arrive at approximately 11:45 am. Pilgrims will stop for lunch, rest, refill water bottles, use rest rooms and then get ready to board buses to be transported across HWY 57. At this point we will wait for all Pilgrims who have been walking so that we board buses and get transported across HWY 57 as close together as possible. After crossing HWY 57 we hope to begin walking again at approximately 1:30 pm.
Statue of Our Blessed Mother – We will carry Our Blessed Mother the entire route. We will need volunteers to carry the statue. It is a very light weight statue securely placed upon a sturdy 4 person carrier. Volunteers will take turns carrying Our Blessed Mother – every mile or two or when the volunteers get tired a new shift will be needed. Please pray about whether you’d like to volunteer.
Courtesy Vans – 2 courtesy vans will be available to assist Pilgrims who struggle to complete the walk. Pilgrims can notify safety personnel who will arrange transportation back to their starting point. The courtesy vans will operate from the National Shrine of St. Joseph to Holy Cross School.
Slow Walkers – For the safety of our walkers, if there are slow walkers (having difficulty keeping pace with the rest of the Pilgrims), the Walk to Mary Executive Committee reserves the right to pick up the slow walkers and transport them forward to meet up with the other walkers. There are several points where we have contracted with Public Safety Officials to escort us and provide additional safety for us. We all need to remain together as best as possible to obtain efficient use of Public Safety Officials.
Sweeper Buses – After being transported across HWY 57 we will begin walking east on Van Lanen Rd to County Line Road to CTY K. These roads will be closed to through traffic. To assist with fatigued walkers there will be buses following the walking Pilgrims throughout these final 7 miles of our journey. If a Pilgrim becomes fatigued they can easily jump on the bus and finish the pilgrimage in the bus. The bus will slowly follow the walking Pilgrims to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.
Temporary Parking For Those Attending Mass But Not Walking – please advise those who are not walking but want to go to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help to greet the Pilgrims and/or attend mass that there will be limited parking at the Shrine. These people should park at an abandon MOBIL station on the northeast side of the intersection of HWY 57 and HWY 54. Buses will transport people to the Shrine from the temporary parking location from 3pm – 5pm.
Bus Departures at Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help – Buses will take people back to the temporary parking location, Holy Cross School, UW – Green Bay, St. Peter and Paul Parish and St. Norbert Abbey. There will be several “Early Departure” buses leaving the Shrine before mass to accommodate those who cannot stay for mass (time will be flexible based on when Pilgrims arrive). In addition there will be “Late Departure” buses leaving the Shrine after mass. There will be a bus departure board at the Shrine identifying buses and departure schedules.
Right to Cancel Pilgrimage – the Walk to Mary Executive Committee reserves the right to cancel the pilgrimage at any time during the pilgrimage due to severe weather or a catastrophic situation.