Fr. Witt with seamstresses Mary Honigford and Kathy Homan. Seated is Doris Ann Will. Not pictured: Jerry Will & McKenna Gels

MARIA STEIN, Ohio (February 14, 2019) – On Monday, February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, Maria Stein Shrine blessed its new vestment set. This set replaces the original set, made over fifty years ago, by Sisters of the Precious Blood and designed by Sister Eileen Tomlinson, C.PP.S.

These beautiful vestments were made possible by a donation from the Jerry and Doris Ann Will family. They were the work of Kathy Homan, Mary Honigford and McKenna Gels, whose time and talent were well spent on these vestments.

Don Rosenbeck, Shrine President

“We are thankful for the generous donation of the Will family, the talented and skillful hands of the ladies who labored out of love to make them and for Fr. Alex Witt blessing the stunning vestments before wearing them in a special mass.We hope that these vestments, which reflect the vibrancy of the Maria Stein Shrine, will be a source of faith for generations to come.”

The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage and inspiration from the lives of the saints. People from around the world visit the shrine to explore and enjoy this environment rich in holiness and history. The Shrine is located at 2291 St. John’s Rd. in Maria Stein. To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit