Friday, October 5, 2018


MARIA STEIN, Ohio - On October 13 the Maria Stein Shrine will host a special Women’s Day of Faith, Fun and Friendship. The day will start at 10am with a vendor fair that will remain open until 4pm. Over 20 unique vendors will be on hand with hand-made crafts, beauty products, chair messages, apparel and many more great items to pamper yourself or gift to others this holiday season!

Other activities include Saturday morning Mass at 10am in the Adoration Chapel. Afterward, a Faith Formation Presentation and Book Signing event with writer and speaker, Julia Monnin, will be held in the Chapel at 11am. Julia is a small town girl from west-central Ohio whose life revolves around faith and family. Though family has always been a focal point in her life, faith was less important to her until recently. It wasn’t until she had a massive conversion in her mid-20’s that God became her reason for being. Since rediscovering her faith and, by God’s grace, turning her life around, She now spends her time serving Him joyfully and gratefully in her vocation as a wife, writer, and most recently, mother. Julia holds a degree in psychology. In 2013 she began to realize that God might have plans for her that were different than her own. It was around this time that she left her career to pursue a strong, unshakable “calling,” to not only write, but to publish her writing. Fast forward four more years, and in 2017 she was holding her first book “The World is Noisy – God Whispers” in her hands. This presentation and book signing is free and open to the public.

Next, at 12pm in the Upper Room, Theresa Nelson will present “Natural Health in the Medical World and How Prayer Opened the Doors”. Theresa has been a medical massage therapist for 20 years. She owns her own therapy office, Versailles Medical Massage, just outside of Versailles and offers medical massage therapy at Premier Health UVMC campus in Troy Ohio. There she provides therapy for mainly Oncology, MS and Parkinson’s patients. Theresa has been an avid researcher for natural health and alternative therapy since the age of 17. She is a certified health practitioner, certified oncology massage therapist, infant massage certified, a reflexologist as well as trained in many other modalities of medical massage. She also owns a family/homebased business Nelly Packs LLC. This presentation is $20 per person and includes lunch. RSVP is required.

Wrapping the day up at 2pm is Tim Langenderfer with Shrine and Canvas! Tim was an instructor at the University of Dayton for 22 years and is currently a Lehman Catholic High School Art instructor. He has his work included in the permanent collections of Coca-Cola Co, Christendom College, Athenaeum, General Electric and University of Dayton. His freelance career includes creating illustration art for clients such as Anheuser Busch, Bath and Body Works and United Airlines. Under the pseudonym, Tim Stout, he also illustrated for the Chicago Tribune, Forbes and Golf Magazine. Tim has also been commissioned to do portraits of Saints and Blesseds for the Museum of Spiritual Art in Franklin Ohio, which is now on display in the Upper Room at the Shrine through December 2018. The Shrine & Canvas event is $30 per person and includes all supplies, appetizers and beverages. RSVP is required.

This special day of Faith, Fun & Friendship was designed to give busy moms, sisters and wives a chance to come together and explore their faith in a positive, engaging environment. Attend an event or just browse the vendor fair – the day is yours to enjoy! To RSVP, call Susie Bergman at 419-925-4532 or email

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. For more event information, visit

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