Pilgrimage to The Maria Stein Relic Shrine Surrounded by 1,199 Relics in Ohio

By: Jason Songe, Seminarian, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Over the Christmas break I set my sights on the Maria Stein Relic Shrine in Ohio. It houses the second-largest collection of relics in the country, behind Pittsburgh. The shrine contains 1,199 relics, 95% of which are first-class relics. On my way out of Louisiana, I saw a few things:

A little further down the road I stopped at St. Martin of Tours Church in Louisville. It houses the skeletal remains of St. Magnus and St. Bonosa. Magnus was a centurion, and Bonosa was a virgin. They were both martyred by Diocletian in the 3rd Century. According to St. Martin’s front/security desk clerk, its adoration chapel–and the church itself–is open 24 hours a day.I can’t think of any other church that’s open 24 hours a day. Send me an e-mail at jasonsonge@nds.edu if you know of any. The clerk and I got into a short conversation, and he said, “I get paid to pray.” I didn’t tell him I was a seminarian, but I thought, “I’d like to do that, too.” Pictures from Louisville and Cincinnati:

And finally into the beautiful country of Ohio. I won’t say much here, as the pictures speak for themselves. But, I do want to relay the peace and calm that came to me in the relic chapel, where all the relics are kept. For a good fifteen minutes, I was in the room by myself. And after having perused the binder of relic holdings, and finding they had a relic of every saint I could think of off the top of my head, I felt as if I was all alone with the whole Church. Once I entered into prayer, there was no past and future. No thoughts. Just presence. I lived in beauty, and then I left and went back to the world. Pictures:

About the Author: Jason Songe, Seminarian, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Jason is a seminarian in Second Pre-Theology.


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