"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
This is the first grotto we went to that month, the 2nd one was in Dickeyville. This grotto is on the grounds of St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph. The church was originally named St. Philomena. In 1917 Father Philip Wagner was appointed to this church as the Pastor. The name was changed to St. Philip in 1961 in honor of Fr. Philip Wagner. The first shrine began construction in 1927, taking 11 years to complete. Father Wagner died on 11-1-59, However, work continued until 1983. Upkeep of the grotto continues today by devoted volunteers. Donations are greatly encouraged for continued upkeep of the Grotto. To visit the optional Wonder Cave, you must pay inside the gift shop and let the staff know you wish to tour the cave.
The garden has many beautiful flowers, and one of them on the grounds has special meaning to Christians, the Passion Flower.
St. Jude’s Chapel
Now, the Wonder Cave. This is a man-made cave with devotions and depictions through sculpture and light throughout your tour.
After exiting the cave we saw a beautiful sundial.
We had a great visit here and recommend it if you are in the area. Here is a video another visitor made. It is open to visitors Memorial Day through Labor Day.