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Church Lights On St. Peter Cathedral
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Church lights at night with storm clouds in Marquette, Michigan
Not only is this church a prominent fixture in the skyline of Marquette, it is also one of the most prominent buildings in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, both from an architectural point of view as well as a historical point of view.
Ten years after Father Frederick Baraga was appointed Bishop of the Catholic See of the U.P., it was decided that the See be relocated from Sault Ste. Marie to Marquette and that a new larger church be constructed. The church was originally constructed in 1864, and was rebuilt twice after being destroyed by fires in 1879 and 1935. Bishop Baraga who died in 1868 is interred in a crypt in the lower level of this church. During his priesthood, he traveled extensively around the Great Lakes region often by canoe and showshoe (earning him the nickname The Snowshoe Priest). Besides being a priest to the Native American Indians, he also worked to protect them from being relocated. He also learned and documented the Ottawa and Ojibwa (Chippewa) languages.
This church was constructed of Lake Superior Sandstone that was quarried in the U.P. It is the only building I know of in the U.P. that contains architectural sculpture work by Corrado Parducci, the prominent sculptor whose work can be found on buildings in nearly every large city in the southern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula (Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Saginaw, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, etc.)
June 30th, 2013
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