Holy Hill Road Trip

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Enjoy a road trip, explore Holy Hill, and meet new people before the hectic fall semester begins. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians (the church’s official name) has been one of Wisconsin’s most famous sites for over 150 years, attracting both pilgrims and local hikers and families.

Holy Hill is particularly well-known for its gorgeous upper and lower churches, outdoor Stations of the Cross, and beautiful surrounding woods which include a segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The Scenic Tower affords views of over 30 miles on a clear day and is one of the most popular elements of the shrine.

The schedule for the day is loosely structured: we’ll eat lunch as a group, and other optional group prayers and walks will be offered. Additionally, there will be time to explore the trails, climb the tower, celebrate Reconciliation, relax with new friends, or have personal prayer and reflection time, according to each person’s preference. Participants may choose whether to take Campus Ministry transportation or drive their own vehicle. The flexible nature of the day will also allow participants to spend as much of the day outdoors as desired.

This is an especially good retreat option for graduate students. It is led by a team of graduate students and will offer many opportunities for getting to know fellow grad students from other programs. People from all faith traditions or none are warmly welcome.


Open to:
All rising sophomore through senior and graduate students of the Marquette community. Incoming first year students are encouraged to attend the Connect retreat, a retreat specifically for first year students held in September.


Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians (Holy Hill), Hubertus, WI

Holy Hill is about 40 minutes northwest of Milwaukee and has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available for prayer, hiking, and reflection.


Meet at the Campus Ministry office, AMU 236, at 8:00 am. We will return to campus at 5:30 pm.


$10, which includes transportation, lunch, and snacks. Financial assistance is readily available; see the Retreat FAQ page for more information.


Registration for the Holy Hill Road Trip is now closed.

For any questions or for further information, please contact:

Sara Knutson
Campus Ministry, AMU 236
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-3689