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Maria Stein Shrine, Maria Stein

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The Shrine of the Holy Relics in Maria Stein, Ohio is the second largest collection of relics in the United States. It is a part of the historic Maria Stein Convent.HistoryFather Francis de Sales Brunner, the missionary who led the Society of the Precious Blood, was a collector of relics. He was responsible for the first collection of relics in Maria Stein. Over the 19th century other relics were added to the core collection as a way of protecting them from the continuous strife of 19th century Italy. In 1892 a separate "relic chapel" was established in which Sisters of the Precious Blood conducted a continuous vigil.The collection of relics is the second largest in the United States with 1,100 relics, exceeded in number of relics only by Saint Anthony's Chapel in the Troy Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with five thousand.Relics include body parts (usually bones) from saints or objects that belonged to a saint; they are held in high respect because they were individuals who are believed to have led exemplary lives.The Sacred Heart Relic Chapel is a kaleidoscope of color, 18th and 19th century German carving, and relics distributed throughout. The "relic chapel" is connected to a larger chapel that in turn is the central feature of an interesting 19th century brick convent. A 2007 segment on National Public Radio describes this unique collection of relics. These relics include a splinter of the true cross and a splinter of bone from St. Peregrine, the patron saint of patients with cancer. Built in 1846, the shrine was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Heritage Museum on the second floor of the convent showcases life during the early years of the community. Even today southern Mercer County is predominantly Catholic, a reflection of 19th century immigration patterns.
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  • I visited the gift shop to buy first communion gift. It is a EXCELLENT gift shop with many selections for any special occasion in the catholic faith. There are gifts for any occasion. The people are v...  more »
  • A very interesting history. It's worth a stop if you are in the area, or even making a Pilgrimage to if you are in mid-west Ohio. Beautiful building, and grounds are well kept  more »
  • The shrine and the retreat center are blessings to the area. If you need someplace to go to unwind, pray & reflect, these 2 places are wonderful. So much to see and do. God is truly present here.  more »
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  • The grounds and shrines are beautiful. The staff is knowledgable. The gift shop is just a lot of fun.
  • Out in the sticks, but earn and friendly staff. I found the relics amazing. While there was no tour guide while I was there, that was not a problem. I went when there were many people there, & I was able to freely looked at all the relics, as well as the small paper guide that showed me what I was looking at. Because it was under construction, I was allowed to go up and get closer to those around the altar. Which I found to be a wonderful privilege.
  • It is nice campground..very neat..
  • What a lovely place with a room full of 1000 relics from Catholic Saints from around the world. It is out in the middle of farm country. We are going back again.