The National Shrine of St. Joseph is the headquarters of the Archconfraternity of St. Joseph and home to the Crowned Statue of Joseph and the Child Jesus. It was recognized by Pope Leo XIII as the National Shrine of Saint Joseph in 1892.
The original shrine was located in Saint Joseph Church, De Pere, WI, pastored by Father Joseph Durin. In 1888, Father Durin founded the Association of Saint Joseph and began a perpetual novena conducted every Wednesday, a tradition which continues to this day.
Father Durin’s deep devotion to Saint Joseph also led him to spearhead the campaign for official permission from the Vatican to Crown the State of Saint Joseph and have it declared a National Shrine.
Over thirty bishops and thousands of lay people joined Father Durin in support of this effort. Father Durin made a personal visit to the Vatican to present the petitions and ultimately his request was granted. Bishop Messmer of Green Bay, WI, presided over a ceremony in which two crowns were blessed – a flat or mural crown for Saint Joseph and an imperial crown for Jesus- and the coronation of the statue took place.
In 1898, responsibility for the Archconfraternity and the Shrine was assumed by the Nobertine Fathers. In 1969, the statue was moved to Saint Norbert Abbey, where it now resides.
The shrine is open to the public, and this holy setting provides a serene atmosphere for prayer and contemplation. For hours, please contact St. Norbert Abbey at 920-337-4300
A public Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Novena to St. Joseph is held at the Shrine every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. Programs for use during the novena, including the litany of Saint Joseph, are available on site.
The Annual Solemn Novena to St. Joseph is held March 11-19 (dates may change if Holy Week falls during this time)