It is my desire as the thirteenth Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette to follow in the footsteps of our first Baraga, Venerable Frederic Baraga as we continue the mission to allow the Holy Spirit to form every one of is into Spirit-filled evangelizers. I come to you with a personal invitation. I would like to ask for your prayers and financial support as the bishop Baraga Association launches a $500,000 capital campaign for the development of the Baraga Educational Center. This will be established in the Baraga House located at 615 S. Fourth St. in Marquette, MI.
Most Rev. John F. Doerfler, STD, JCL
Bishop of Marquette
The Bishop Baraga Association is committed to creating an education center that will become a pilgrimage destination, to preserve the artifacts used by Bishop Baraga during his ministry and comply with the Norms for Beatification. This center will capture the essence of Baraga: the man, the priest and the Bishop as he ministered throughout the Great Lakes Region. Here you will find an opportunity for prayer, mediation and inspiration.
Following the Snowshoe Priest
Visitors will have an opportunity to Follow in the Footsteps of Venerable Bishop Baraga. Entering into the upper gardens, one will visit the Votive House to pray for Baraga’s intersession. They will also see a replica of Mala Vas (Baraga’s birth place) and a Native American dwelling.
Your spiritual journey continues in the lower garden where you may pray the rosary and the Stations of the Cross which are symbolic of Baraga’s devotion to the Blessed Mother and Christ.
Ways to Give
Baraga Educational Center
Bishop Baraga Room Perspective 1
Bishop Baraga Room Perspective 2
Gift Shop Perspective
Year of Service in honor of Venerable Baraga
A celebration of the life of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga, the first bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, and commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his death took place Jan. 19-20, 2018, in Marquette.
On Jan. 19, 2018 Bishop John Doerfler gave a proclamation declaring 2018 a Year of Service in honor of Venerable Baraga. In his opening remarks Bishop Doerfler invited faithful to “begin our proclamation of the faith by reaching out in love, charity and service. Because if people see and experience through us the love of Jesus Christ in serving those who are most in need and those who are lost, those who are hurting, those on peripheral, if they experience the love of Jesus coming through us, it helps to open their hearts to receive the Gospel of salvation.”
Len McKeen, executive director of the Bishop Baraga Association added that the year of service will “follow in Bishop Baraga’s footsteps of ministering to the underserved. We’re asking everyone to help the less fortunate in whatever way they can through our service organizations, church and youth groups, and as individuals.” She pointed out that the St. Vincent de Paul Society is a prime example of an organization that is focused on doing this work.
To read the proclamation, click here.