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The Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major


Hours and Directions

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, at Holy Hill
1525 Carmel Road
Hubertus, Wisconsin 53033
Phone Monastery 
(262) 628 - 1838
Hours: 7am - 7pm CST


Holy Hill is located five miles south of Hartford on Hwy 167 (Holy Hill Road). We are thirty miles north of Milwaukee: take Hwy 41/45 north to Hwy 167 (Holy Hill Road) EXIT 57, go west for six miles; the entrance will be on your left. We are seventy miles east of Madison: take I-94 to Hwy 83 and go north to Hwy 167 (Holy Hill Road); take 167 east for three miles and watch for Holy Hill's entrance on your right. Holy Hill is 110 miles north of Chicago: from I-94 north take the  I-43 south/I-894 BYP EXIT 316 on the left toward Madison/Fond du Lac. Merge onto I-894 and stay straight to go onto Hwy 41/45 north; Take the Hwy 167 (Holy Hill Road) exit, EXIT 57; go west for six miles; the entrance will be on your left

Church, Shrine and Grounds

November 1 -- April 30
Daily: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

May 1 -- October 31
Daily: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent
10:30 am in lower church, level 2

Scenic Tower  

Open May 1 - October 31
(weather permitting)
Sunday: 1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 6:30 pm
(Closed for winter months, high winds, rain or ice)

Gift Store                                                      

(262) 628-4735
November 1 - Palm Sunday
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday - October 31
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Phone: 262-628-4417
Please see Cafe page for current hours



Main entrance to the Old Monastery Inn retreat house

Holy Hill offers simple, overnight accommodations to anyone seeking an opportunity to encounter the Sacred in a place apart from the busy world. Our retreat facilities are housed in two buildings, the “New Guest House” and the “Old Monastery Inn.”

Holy Hill Guest House, as a center for spiritual retreats, maintains a strict no drugs, no alcohol, no smoking policy. No alcohol should be brought into the retreat house. Please Note: the New Guest House and Old Monastery Inn overnight facilities are older, and not handicapped accessible. Access for anyone with a disability can be quite a challenge, as there is a full flight of stairs to the New Guest House rooms, and the four levels in the Old Monastery Inn are connected only by stairs.
"New Guest House"
 Built in 1962, the New Guest House is located above the Gift Store. Each of the fourteen rooms has two single beds and a private bath with shower.
"Old Monastery Inn"
 This is the original monastery, built in 1919 and converted into retreat rooms after the new monastery was built in 1935. This historical building retains all the character (and some of the quirks) of the original structure, and has a uniqueness many have come to cherish. The fifteen retreat rooms have one bed each and are located on the third and fourth floors. There is one large, common bathroom per floor. A conference room, lounge and chapel are also available for guests to use.
Room Rates:

Old Monastery Rates - Single Bed: $40.00
                                   - Double Bed: $50.00

New Monastery Rates - Single Bed: $45.00
                                    - Double Bed: $60.00


The Scenic Tower

Scenic Tower is open daily May 1 to October 31 (weather permitting)
Sunday: 1:30 pm -- 6:30 pm
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 6:30 pm
THE SCENIC TOWER stretches 192 feet from its base to the tip of its spire. By climbing 178 stairs, you can reach nearly to the top to view a breathtaking panorama of the Kettle Moraine area.
Because there are open areas in the design and structure of the tower, it will be CLOSED when the following conditions are present:
  • Gusty or High Winds
  • Threatening Weather
  • Fog, Rain, Electrical Storms
  • Wet Stairs Following A Storm
  • Frost & Snow
The ENTRANCE to the tower is on Level 2, to the right of the Chapel of St. Therese. Free will offerings are gratefully accepted to help defray costs for maintenance and repairs.
For your safety and protection, please follow OUR TOWER RULES:
  1. Running on the stairs is dangerous and forbidden.
  2. Anyone under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.
  3. DO NOT throw objects from the openings of the Tower.
  4. Food and beverages are not permitted in Tower.
  5. Loud voices echo and travel. Please be respectful to the people who are praying in the churches.
  6. The stairs are narrow and steep. Please do not climb the stairs if you have breathing problems, heart problems, a fear of enclosed places or a fear of heights.
  7. GRAFFITI IS FORBIDDEN. Please help us to take care of and preserve our beautiful Shrine.



Q. Do you offer retreats at Holy Hill?
A. We provide retreat accommodations to individuals and groups. Retreats can be any length, from one day to a maximum of two weeks. Retreatants are invited to walk the grounds, which feature an outdoor Stations of the Cross and a portion of the Ice Age Trail. They are also welcome to attend daily Mass at the Shrine church (6 and 11 am), or to pray in the Shrine chapel. A conference room, lounge, and kitchenette are available for retreatants’ use.
Q. Can we get married at Holy Hill? Can we have our baby baptized at Holy Hill?
A. The Catholic Church teaches that the sacraments of marriage and baptism are most properly celebrated within the worshiping community of a parish; therefore, the Shrine does not ordinarily celebrate weddings or baptisms.
Q. What hours is Holy Hill open to the public?
A. Holy Hill grounds and church are open daily
May 1 -- October 31: 6:00 am -- 7:00 pm
November 1 -- April 30: 6:00 am -- 5:00 pm.

Mass & Confession

 Daily Masses
6:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

Daily Confessions
10:15 a.m.

Sunday Masses
4:30 p.m. Vigil Mass (Saturday)
8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,
11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Weekend Confessions
4:00 p.m. (Saturday)
45 minutes before all Sunday Masses

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