Green Bay seminarian pens Our Lady of Good Help Shrine devotional guide

GREEN BAY — “O Lady of Good Help, today I bring to you the families of the world. … The family is under attack … please pray for the sanctification of families.”

Will the phrases from a newly-authored, nine-day novena to Our Lady, Queen of Heaven, attract the attention of the Vicar of Christ?

Novena author Edward Looney hopes and prays so, generating such confidence that Looney plans to send a copy of his 25-page booklet, “A Novena to the Queen of Heaven, Our Lady of Good Help,” to the Vatican for papal review.

Looney, who will be ordained a transitional deacon of the Green Bay Diocese on May 31, said he hopes his small, but powerful novena catches the eye of Pope Francis as the pontiff plans a visit to the United States in 2015 for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

“I think it (papal visit) is conceivable,” Looney said, noting Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has extended an invitation to Pope Francis to hold a Mass at Lambeau Field and to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help near Champion, where the Virgin Mary appeared to a young girl, Adele Brise, on Oct. 9, 1859.
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