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18.000 x 22.500 x 0.500 inches
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Bishop Frederic Baraga Icon
Painting - Cut Paper/mixed Media
Bishop Frederic Baraga was the first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, MI (mid-19th century). He is popularly known as the Snowshoe Priest because of his frequent use of that footgear on his tireless journeys around the UP and northern LP of Michigan, visiting parishes churches and mission sites, ministering to both native Americans and European settlers. Pictured in the background are the present cathedral church at Marquette, MI (where Baraga is buried), and a small chapel built in the UP during Baraga's time. In the sky behind the figure is a faint outline map of the heart of Baraga's mission territory. Baraga was a well-loved priest when he lived, and through the years has has had a devoted following in Michigan and beyond. Bishop Baraga was recently declared "venerable" by the Vatican--an important step toward eventual canonization as a saint of the Church.
August 9th, 2012
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