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Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches

Click here for a map of the
Land of the Cross Tipped Churches.


In July of 1979, over sixty buildings representing the German Catholic settlements of southern Auglaize and Mercer Counties, as well as portions of northern Darke and Shelby Counties, were placed on a National Register of Historic Places. Consisting of churches, schools, rectories and convents, this grouping is symbolic of the cultural and historical; uniqueness of the region. Today, these structures remind us of the hard work and dedication of these early settlers as they built the Miami-Erie Canal and forged a new life on the area’s rich and productive farmland. Trips through the rural countryside follow the quaint churches with their cross tipped “spires to heaven” and include stops at the focal points of the region: the former convent at Maria Stein; St. Augustine Church - the original Mother Church of the area at Minster and St. Charles center, the magnificent and impressive former seminary at Carthagena.
National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics
and Maria Stein Heritage Museum

2291 St. Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, OH 45860

Phone: 419-925-4532
The shrine contains approximately 1000 relics of the saints and is the second largest collection of its type in the United States. Built in 1890, the shrine and the adjacent former convent were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Donations accepted.

Located on the second floor of the former convent building, this museum interprets the German settlements of southern Auglaize and Mercer Counties and the history of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Admission by donation.

Relic & Adoration Chapels

Mon - Thurs: 8 am - 6 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm
Make sure to stop by the Pilgrim Gift Shop and be sure to enjoy the country setting, including a lovely patio, statue garden and pathways for relaxed strolling.
Spiritual Center of Maria Stein
2365 St. Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, OH 45860

Phone: 419-925-7625
The Spiritual Center Retreat House is a unique place to experience God’s Peace and Guidance. Arrangements can be made for group or private retreats. A chapel, meeting rooms, dining rooms and recreation hall are available. Mysteries of the Rosary along gravel paths and a Respect Life Memorial are added attractions in the lovely wooded setting.
St. Charles Center
2860 U.S. Rte 127 S
Celina, OH 45822

Phone: 419-925-4516
This magnificent former seminary rest on 500 acres. Begun in 1861 by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, the current structure is a late gothic revival building. The awesome facility features a 370 foot frontage and is topped by a five story octagonal dome. It currently serves as the mother house for the Priests of the Society of the Precious Blood as well as their retirement facility. Group tours by appointment.

Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches

Click here for a map of the
Land of the Cross Tipped Churches.


National Marian Shrine of the Holy Relics
and Maria Stein Heritage Museum

2291 St. Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, OH 45860

Phone: 419-925-4532
Spiritual Center of Maria Stein
2365 St. Johns Rd.
Maria Stein, OH 45860

Phone: 419-925-7625
St. Charles Center
2860 U.S. Rte 127 S
Celina, OH 45822

Phone: 419-925-4516