A short two-hour drive north from Cincinnati and a one hour drive north from Dayton will get you to one of the most unique chapels in our area. The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is nestled in the small Ohio town of Maria Stein.
This small chapel houses over 1000 relics of saints such as
- St. Peregrine who is the patron saint of cancer
- St. Ursula who is the patron saint of school girls. The Order of Ursulines is devoted to her. Many from Cincinnati will have a personal connection to St. Ursula because of St. Ursula Academy and Ursuline Academy
- St. Victoria
- St. Gaspar who is the founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Many Dayton residents will recognize Missionaries of the Precious Blood.
Finally, the is a relic of the true cross, the cross that Jesus Christ was crucified on.
A relic is usually a part of the body of a saint, though it can be something close to the holy person such as a piece of clothing. Relics are defined as “sacramentals” which as signs and symbols that helps grow in our relationship and committment to Jesus and the Church.
Watch this video to take a quick tour of this one of a kind place right in your own backyard!