Photo of the Week: Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians

Basilica in Wisconsin commemorates Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe

This week’s contribution to our Photo of the Week series comes from the Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, one of the most beautiful basilicas anywhere, I would argue. I would recommend a visit to anyone, not just to Catholics, and especially to nature lovers, as it is located on top of a large hill in a wooded area, not too far outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with stunning views of the region on a clear day.

I took the picture below this weekend as we were passing through. It is part of their decorations for the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, which is celebrated every year on December 12. I’ll have to post more on this celebration at another time, but for the time being, I leave you with this picture. As a side note, you might notice the image of the Spanish mystic and poet Saint John of the Cross in the background. Although not in view, there is an image of another Spanish mystic and poet, Saint Teresa of Ávila (also known as Saint Teresa of Jesus), on the opposite side of the altar. These Spanish saints were the founders of the Carmelite order that cares for this shrine today.

Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe decoration at Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary in Wisconsin. Photo credit: Daniel H. Brown

Have you ever been to Holy Hill? Let us know what you thought about it in the comments below. And if you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it on your favorite social media. ¡Gracias!

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