Bishop Baraga, 150 years later

Though Bishop Frederic Baraga, pictured here, died 150 years ago in January, his legacy lives on throughout the Upper Peninsula.

By Larry Chabot, Photos courtesy of Marquette Regional History Center

January 19th marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Bishop Frederic Baraga. The diocese of Marquette, where Baraga was the first bishop, has scheduled a series of events for January 19 to 20 to commemorate the death and celebrate the life of the famed Snowshoe Priest. The Bishop Baraga Association in conjunction with the Diocese of Marquette is also launching a campaign to renovate his Marquette home at 615 South Fourth Street into an education center.

Baraga’s legacy is well-known. He walked, snow-shoed, sledded, and sailed thousands of miles among his far-flung missions. More than one North Country traveler was surprised to see Baraga trudging across their path or going in the opposite direction, in all kinds of weather. Marquette founder Peter White was one of them; on his way to Green Bay, he paused while Baraga snowshoed across in front of him…

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