Pictured in the photo from left to right: Diana Russell, Director of Fund Development for the Shrine and Connie McEldowney of Rustic Hope

(MARIA STEIN, OHIO OCTOBER 17, 2018) – On Saturday, October 13th, the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics held a Women’s Day of Faith, Fun and Friendship. Over 20 different vendors had booths displaying various items from jewelry, beauty products, clothing, health & wellness items and baked goods. Visitors could stroll the vendor fair, the Shrine itself and attend any of the 4 special events.

The day started with weekly 10am Mass in the Adoration Chapel. Immediately after, Julie Monnin, author of “The World is Noisy, God Whispers” held a faith formation presentation and book signing for a full Chapel of guests. Shortly after, the events continued with Theresa Nelson’s sold out lunch presentation in the new Upper Room “Natural Health in the Medical World and How Prayer Opened the Doors”. The busy day concluded with a special, rare art workshop by world-renowned artist, Tim Langenderfer. Twenty-one lucky participants received first-hand instruction from Tim and created a beautiful, faith-inspired fall piece of art.

Marketing & PR Manager, Susie Bergman

“While the Shrine has done similar types of events in the past, this one was truly unique. It was a big undertaking for the Shrine’s staff and volunteers, but everything came together nicely. We welcomed so many new faces, which was our goal from the beginning. We wanted to offer activities that would appeal to a broader audience and make everyone feel welcome, no matter their religious background. There is so much rich history here to be explored, and it’s amazing to me that it’s still an undiscovered treasure to many in the area, but we’re working on that.”

The funds raised from the day’s activities included a monetary donation to Rustic Hope, a non-profit in Russia that offers free support to single mothers before, during, and after delivery.

“When this event was being developed, we knew we wanted to do something to give back to the community that has been so generous to us, it was suggested that we should donate a portion of our proceeds to a non-profit that helps women, which was strongly supported by our vendors. They helped make this donation happen and for that we are grateful”.


(MARIA STEIN, OHIO OCTOBER 17, 2018) – On Sunday, November 11th, the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics invites you to “meet the new neighbors”!

Relics are not easy to acquire when one uses the proper, reputable channels and it’s been 4 years since a new one has been added to the Shrine collection. St. Andre Bessette, St. Marianne Cope, BI Francis Xavier Seelos, BI Solanus Casey and St. Pope John Paul II will officially be welcomed to the Relic Chapel collection of Saints!

This family-friendly event will begin at 1:00pm with games and crafts on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Saint inspired snacks and appetizers will be available in the Gathering Space on the 1st floor. Then, at 3:00pm, there will be a special prayer service and relic veneration.

Matt Hess, Director of Ministry and Hospitality at the Shrine

“This is a very exciting time for Shrine. Not since Sister Regina Albers, C.PP.S. added five modern saints relics to the collection in 2014 have we had the opportunity to learn about, pray with and venterate so many new Saints. “We hope families plan to attend this special event, as it’s an opportunity for them to have fun and grow spiritually together.

This event is open to the public, no RSVP required.