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  1. Katreader
    March 8, 2014 @ 9:47 am

    What an amazing collection! I’m so pleased you were able to see it and share photos!

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

      And by the way, thanks for the tip on this great story! Had it not been for you, we may never have discovered such an incredible spot!

  2. Audrey Kaminski
    March 8, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    This collection is extraordinary.Thank you, Father Michael, for establishing this shrine for all parishioners and visitors.
    And thank you Chris and Luke for this article and the photos!

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

      We agree Audrey–absolutely incredible! And while we’re happy to accept your thanks here, you should thank Father Michael in person sometime! He’d love to have you visit and see the collection in person!

    March 8, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    Phenomenal story with an intriguing theme involving what is evidently a marvelous man; word spreads person-to-person, and now there’s yet one more in the know!

    It would be an honor and a blessing to hopefully visit and meet Father Michael one day, overtly clear from your photos as having a gleaming countenance radiating depth of character, faith and love.

    Thanks again for an awesome experience brilliantly expressed.

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:30 pm

      Thanks Parker!!

  4. Eleanor Celentani
    March 8, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    fascinating story, astonishing collection of relics. thank you for this amazing story and the beautiful photos. God bless Fr. Michael for taking care of this collection and sharing it with people of faith. In a way he is doing with the relics what you are doing with the religious buildings of our region – keeping track of them and letting others know about them. Thank you also for the background on the Buddhist thinking on relics.

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:32 pm

      As always, you bring a fresh perspective Reverend. I wouldn’t have thought to compare this blog as a collection in the same manner as a collection of relics. It’s an honor to be in the analogy! 🙂

  5. Gail
    March 8, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

    What an incredible collection! And how proud he must be to have those beautiful pieces in his care. Thanks for sharing this with us and taking us deeper inside the church.

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

      You’re absolutely welcome! 🙂

  6. Annie Okoniewski
    March 10, 2014 @ 6:22 pm

    I belong to St. John Gualbert and we are very fortunate and proud to have such a valuable collection in our home of worship. We thank Father Mike for sharing with us his lifelong pursuit. God bless him. We also invite you to come and share the beauty of our church and the relics with us.

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

      Annie–we’re really glad that someone from the church was able to see this post and enjoyed it. You folks certainly are fortunate, and we’re grateful to have been invited in. Hopefully this just will be the beginning of people taking notice of how great St. John Gualbert’s is!

  7. Karen Lewis
    March 16, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    I belong to St. John Gualbert and we are very proud of this collection. Father Mike is a wonderful pastor and we will always be grateful to him for sharing his collection. He is truly a man of God!!! Thank you for letting the world know about this blessed collection!!!

    • Chris
      March 25, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

      Thanks Karen!! You guys definitely have a great leader at the helm!! You’ll be pleased to know that our little blog post here on the small corner of the internet has actually been getting hits from a bunch of other countries. So….maybe you really are right about ‘letting the world know’!! We’ll keep spreading the news!

  8. Sheila
    December 16, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    hello — this is really fascinating to know all these facts about relics. But why do you call your blog “Exploring the Burned Over District?” Excellent stories, so well researched! Thanks