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Lenora McKeen – 8Th Day Interview – Bishop Baraga Association 150th Anniversary

150th Anniversay of Bishop Baraga Death January 19, 2018 - Feature Image
150th Anniversay of Bishop Baraga Death January 19, 2018

Marquette, Michigan – On the 8th day Radio show this Saturday, Todd Pazz spoke with Lenora McKeen, Executive Director of the Bishop Baraga Association about their upcoming events January 19th and 20th: Venerable Frederic Baraga: Celebrating his Life, Commemorating his Death 150th Anniversary Event

Discussed was the remarkable life of this man and Bishop Baraga Association supporting his canonization. Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga, first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, was born in 1797, of high birth and expected to have a comfortable life but was orphaned at 14, then studied law, and finally entered the priesthood and moved to the new world. For 37 years he traveled around the Great Lakes area, ministering to native Americans.  According to the history outlined at the Bishop Baraga Association website, ‘During the summer months, Father Baraga traveled on foot and by canoe. During the winter months, he traveled on snowshoes thus giving him the titles of “Apostle of the Lakelands” and “Snowshoe Priest.”‘ Click the following links to learn more about the history of Bishop Baraga at http://www.dioceseofmarquette.org/bishopbaragaassociation/venbishopbaragahistory , Life of Bishop Baraga, and Baraga in Slovenia.  Learn more about the Bishop Baraga Association: http://dioceseofmarquette.org/bishopbaragaassociation

150th Anniversary Commemoration of Bishop Baraga’s Death January 19, 2018

St. Peter Cathedral 311 W Baraga Ave Marquette, MI

January 19 & 20, 2018 – Schedule of Events
Registration Deadline January 14, 2018

Friday January 19, 2018
4:30pm Check in opens/Hospitality Bag pick up (Check-in will close during Mass)
5:30pm Solemn Mass for the Dead
6:45pm Meal: Chili & Sandwiches
7:45pm WORLD PREMIERE: They Might Be Saints: Bishop Frederic Baraga from EWTN Followed with a presentation by Michael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter (see below)
9:30pm Closing Prayer

Saturday January 20, 2018
7:30am Check in/Hospitality Bag pick up (Check-in will close during Mass)
8am Mass
8:30 – 11:30 Morning Events

o Presentation: Following in the footsteps of the Snowshoe Priest by Curtis Chambers.
Curtis has snowshoed over 1,000 miles in Bishop Baraga’s footsteps! Come hear his
incredible tale and the connection it has given him to Venerable Baraga.


o Snowshoe event with Continental Breakfast at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry & the Frassatti Society.


o Native American Drum Circle and/or flute
o Cathedral tours
o Prayer/Rosary
o Private veneration of the Baraga stole


o Confessions

Interactive Family Activities for all ages will be held throughout the day Saturday.
11:30-12pm Break

  • Visit the following information tables: Bishops Room
    The Bishop Baraga Association
    Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sugar Island
    Baraga Shrine, L’Anse, MI
    Chippewa Historical Society, Sault Ste. Marie
    Assinins – Baraga Mission Center
    Sacred Heart Religious Goods

12-1pm Ticketed Box Lunch ($5 per child/$7 per adult) OR Lunch on your own
1:00pm Presentation: Bishop Baraga’s First Pastoral Letter
1:45-2pm Break
2-2:45pm Adoration with a short reflection on Evangelization
3-3:30pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy
4:00pm Vigil Mass
5:30pm Ticketed dinner catered by Mama Russo’s

0-5yrs FREE
6-12yrs $5.00
13yrs+ $10.00
Special drawings, Grand Prize: a pair of Iverson Snowshoes  Must be present to win.
Family Activities will be held throughout the day
Pre-registration is required for meals and activities
Visit the Bishop Baraga Association website for full details (www.bishopbaraga.org)

Times are subject to change

Michael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter
Michael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter

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