• 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. 

    Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics is a destination for visitors and pilgrims seeking spiritual renewal in a restful, quiet and peaceful place.  Private, communal and Eucharistic prayer offer opportunities for healing and comfort. The Shrine has national recognition for its focus on the lives of the saints. It is known for its Heritage Museum which chronicles the Sisters’ contributions to the spiritual development of the area.  

    Donations, grants, income from the gift shop and investments provide funding of operations. Staff and volunteers work to preserve and maintain the natural beauty of the grounds, the art/architecture, and a prayerful atmosphere. The management and financial support of the Shrine are the responsibility of a dedicated board, transitioned over time from the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Dayton, Ohio.

  • Shrine, Museum & Gift Shop Hours:
    Monday - Thursday:  9:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday & Saturday:  9:30am - 4:00pm
    Sunday:  12:00pm - 4:00pm

    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.


    • 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.
    • Hospitality:  Each visitor is greeted in a welcoming and caring manner that makes their visit a positive experience.
    • Prayer:  People visit the Shrine because it is a holy place which is conducive to experiencing a close relationship with God.
    • Spiritual Growth:  The Shrine provides spiritual nourishment for persons who desire to grow in their faith.
    • Continuous Improvement:  The Board, staff and volunteers continually improve their knowledge and skills so as to provide quality programs, environment and services.