Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, 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.
Father 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. Using our international travel planner, Maria Stein attractions like Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is a spiritual place which you can visit, think, pray, be inspired as well as purchase religious articles Being a local I sometimes take it for granted since it is only 10 minutes from home... 
    This is a spiritual place which you can visit, think, pray, be inspired as well as purchase religious articles Being a local I sometimes take it for granted since it is only 10 minutes from home...  more »
  • You can call ahead and request a tour, or take a self-guided tour of the property, museum and chapels. There are hundreds of first-class relics including a relic of the True Cross. relics from the... 
    You can call ahead and request a tour, or take a self-guided tour of the property, museum and chapels. There are hundreds of first-class relics including a relic of the True Cross. relics from the...  more »
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  • Stunning architecture and deep wooden interiors will please any wanderer. Immersion into a chapel with relics from 850 saints, mostly first class, brings a rush of hope to all the weary and a pounce of joy to everyone who enters. They are always hosting events to excite your Faith journey and you can be assured of a gentle, evangelizing experience for those who are still seeking. The Catholic gift shop is the best in Ohio. I dare you to find a better one.
  • A local and universal treasure. This shrine holds the key in restoring religious life, that being perpetual adoration is a non-negotiable for any religious order wanting to thrive. To not include this is to wither

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