There is a quaint little chapel called the Shrine of St Anthony of PADUA hiding in the woods off of Bay Settlement Road. After enjoying a short walk along the beautiful Niagra Escarpment, you can see this chapel made from its limestone.
|The chapel is a beautiful piece of history. Google Map location will take you to the location for parking. Go down the make stone steps. Take the path to the right. Follow until you see the second path to the left. A short distance on right will be another path, Take that. You will see a sign on this path.
|2331 Bay Settlement Rd, Green Bay, WI 54311
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History Of The Chapel
In 1925, Odile Le Mieux had a plan to build the Shrine of St. Anthony of Padua for daily devotion in the wooded ridge behind her home. With her vision and the help of her husband and his brother, they constructed the 12×18 foot structure out of limestone. The chapel had 8 windows, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, room for an altar, and the stations of the cross.
Every June, Odile would gather her family, friends, and relatives to pray the rosary and novena to St. Anthony. This area became known as Capel Ridge Heights.
“If you don’t know history, you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree.”_
There Are More Chapels Like This
The Belgian settlers built small roadside chapels usually dedicated to a Saint in Brown, Door, and Kewaunee counties in Wisconsin.
The chapels were built for a variety of reasons including daily devotion, giving a thanksgiving offering, or helping aid a sick relative.
Some of the chapels are open to visitors at any time. Others are locked, but tell you how they can be entered. If you get a chance to visit the areas of Namur and Brussels, Wisconsin be on the lookout for one of these fine buildings.