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St John the Baptist Maria Stein

by Susie Bergman Last month we took a broad look at the Land of the Cross- Tipped Churches, a unique scenic byway of churches that pepper the horizon throughout Mercer, Auglaize and Darke Counties. The 33 churches and religious sites still standing are a historical diamond shining among the flat,

Pictured from left are Father Larry Hemmelgarn, provincial director; newly ordained Father Matt Keller; Bishop Joseph Charron, who presided at the June 9 Mass; and Father William Nordenbrock, moderator general. (Courtesy Photo)
Father Matthew Keller was ordained to the priesthood on June 9 in his home parish of St. John the Baptist in Maria Stein. Bishop Joseph Charron, a fellow Missionary of the Precious Blood, presided. Bishop Charron told Father Keller to be fearless in his new role as a priest, and