2021 – Year of St. Joseph National Shrine of St. Joseph
A continued tradition for over 134 years
Come Pray at The Shrine
123 Grant St. De Pere, WI 54115-2099
The Shrine is located adjacent to Old St. Joseph Church on the grounds of St. Norbert College
VISITING HOURS FOR THE SHRINE
6 am-11 pm daily.
WEEKDAY MASS AND WEDNESDAY NOVENA
Mass is 12:00 p.m. The Novena Prayers follow the 12:00 p.m. daily Mass on Wednesdays
March 10-19 (Annually)
Submit a Prayer Request
We offer everyone the opportunity to leave prayer requests. Please send us your request and we will remember your intention each Wednesday during our Novena Prayers to St. Joseph.
History of the Shrine
The National Shrine of St. Joseph, De Pere, Wisconsin, was established in 1888 by Fr. Joseph Durin, a Missionary of the Sacred Heart, pastor of St. Joseph Parish (De Pere). It was first described as a Shrine in 1890, and termed a National Shrine in 1892 from correspondence with Pope Leo XIII. The Norbertine (Premonstratensian) Community of St. Norbert Abbey assumed the ministry of the Shrine in 1898, the same year as the establishment of St. Norbert Priory (now St. Norbert Abbey) and St. Norbert College on the grounds of which the Shrine is located.
The Shrine’s historic Statue of St. Joseph was solemnly crowned by the Most Rev. Sebastian Messmer, 4th Bishop of Green Bay, in 1892. Though the Shrine was temporarily relocated to the new St. Norbert Abbey between 1969-2015, it has since returned to its original location. Since 1888, a weekly Perpetual Novena in honor of St. Joseph has been prayed every Wednesday at the Shrine as well as an annual Solemn Novena leading to the Solemnity of St. Joseph (March 19) from March 10-19.
For over 130 years, the National Shrine of St. Joseph has been a place of quiet prayer and pilgrimage from thousands of visitors who sought his intercession and to imitate his faithful witness.