MARIA STEIN – Matt Hess, director of hospitality and ministry at Maria Stein Shrine, shared highlights from his “Roman holiday” last September during Italian Night on at the Shrine on Sunday.
Despite the snowy weather, more than 50 people attended the special event, which included dinner and a presentation.
The evening started with food from Bella’s Italian Grille in Celina. Guests enjoyed Caesar salad, bruschetta, Italian vegetables, chicken in garlic cream sauce and a rustic Italian bake paired with some of Bella’s house wine followed by a cannoli dessert.
The presentation, led by Hess, featured various sights around Rome. These included ancient monuments, ornate basilicas, off the beaten path churches and sites pertaining to St. Gaspar and the Society of the Precious Blood.
The event was held in the Shrine’s newest space, The Upper Room. This unique space is available for party or event rental. A free art exhibit titled “Throne of Wisdom” from Via Lucia is currently on display in the room and will be available for viewing through June.
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 Road in Maria Stein.
To learn more about the Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics, visit mariasteinshrine.org.