• The Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics was founded in 1875 when Father J.M. Gartner entrusted his collection of relics to the Sisters of the Precious Blood at Maria Stein. Housed in a beautiful chapel built in 1892, the collection, with over 1,200 relics on display, is the second largest collection of its type in the United States. The primary display of relics is in an altar that was hand-carved especially for this purpose. Four beautiful stained-glass windows imported from Munich, Germany and hand- carved woodwork also adorn the Relic Chapel.

    The Shrine was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The genealogical, cultural, and architectural history of the Shrine is of interest to visitors from throughout the world. 


    Catholic Identity: The Shrine, rooted in the tradition and richness of the Catholic Church, invites persons of all faiths to experience the peace that God gives.

    Spirituality - The Shrine's spirituality embraces the theology of the Second Vatican Council documents and is expressed in the prayer, liturgy, programs, and activities of the Shrine.

    Hospitality: All guests are received as Christ.

    Prayer:  As a holy place, the Shrine is conducive to experiencing a close, prayerful relationship with God.

    Evangelization: The Shrine encourages spiritual nourishment for persons who desire to grow in their faith.

    Continuous Improvement:  The Board, staff and volunteers continually improve their knowledge and skills to provide quality programs, environment and services


    Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics provides an atmosphere of peace, prayer, and hospitality for faith nourishment and spiritual renewal through opportunities for prayer and pilgrimage, and inspiration from the lives of the saints.


    Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics strives to be a destination for all those seeking spiritual renewal through private, communal and Eucharistic prayer. Evangelization is focused on the lives of the Saints through the veneration and care of the Relics. The Heritage Museum serves as an educational resource highlighting the faith and spiritual development of the region.

    Engaging in active stewardship, the Shrine is committed to the preservation of the historic grounds, art and architecture.