Onamia, Minnesota: National Shrine of Saint Odilia
About Saint Odilia:
Saint Odilia is probably not high on the list of saint’s names that you remember, but the story is a fascinating one. Tradition tells us that she was born blind, but suddenly after her baptism, she was able to see. Hence, she is patron saint of the blind.
She had sailed with a group of pilgrims headed to the East, but somehow ended up in the Rhine River, was captured by barbarians and was martyred for her faith around 720 in Cologne.
Saint Odilia appeared three times to Brother John of Eppa, a Crosier lay brother, in a Paris monastery in 1287 AD. She told him that God had commanded her to be the Protectress of the Order, and told him where her relics were to be found.
It took three times before Brother John could convince his superior to authorize the journey.
Brother John and his companion, Father Louis, journeyed to Cologne and in the garden of Arnulph retrieved her relics from where they were buried…..exactly where she said they would be found.
About the Shrine in Onamia:
The National Shrine of St. Odilia is located in the Priory Chapel of the Crossier Community here in Onamia.
It contains a major relic of Saint Odilia that was brought here in 1952. You can see the relic in a marble reliquary here in the Shrine.
The Shrine is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you would like a Crosier to greet you, you can call ahead at 320-532-3103.
Click here for the official website of the National Shrine of Saint Odilia in Onamia, Minnesota.