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The Story of Father Baraga's journey with the Ojibwe Natives

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From 1831 to 1868 Father Baraga lived and worked amongst the Ojibwe natives in the regions of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.  During that time Father Baraga confirmed over 1,000 persons into the Catholic Faith.  Known for his love of the Ojibwe people, devotion to his faith and his heart's desire for equality and justice, Father Baraga left a legacy of care and concern for all to follow.  He became known as the snowshoe priest due to his ability to travel hundreds of miles by snowshoe to be there for another in need.  He wrote what is still today considered the largest Ojibwe dictionary in addition to being able to speak several languages fluently.  He worked with the Ojibwe natives during their time of greatest need and helped them to accomplish the impossible helping to preserve their lands east of the Mississippi.  Learn more about this incredible missionary below and the Ojibwe natives whom he served.
Father (Nosse) Baraga

The Story of Father Baraga

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Learn about how Father Baraga was there for the Ojibwe during their greatest time of need.  Understand the histories of the region and how his influence ultimately helped them to remain on their lands and to be recognized by the world.  

Plan Your Pilgrimage

Plan your pilgrimage and learn of the missions that Father Baraga helped to establish, visit historical markers to learn of the histories of the region and visit museums and other locations to learn of the Ojibwe culture that Father Baraga experienced.  

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The Bishop Baraga Association

The Bishop Baraga Association is instrumental in helping Father Baraga's cause for canonization move forward, preserving and translating the works of Father Baraga and helping others to connect with Father Baraga through events, etc.  The links below offer a way for others to subscribe the bulletin and be taken to their website where you can learn more about them.  You can see the published articles written for the Bishop Baraga Association by clicking on the Published Articles link below.  

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Pope Francis: Pilgrimage of Penance

In 2022 Pope Francis went on a Pilgrimage of Penance on behalf of the church on behalf of the Native populations of Canada.  Follow Pope Francis through Canada, learn of the Native cultures which he experienced and listen to the messages that Pope Francis has wished to share with the world.  

Under this same dropdown you can also find what is transpiring in relation to the truth and healing for the Native populations in both the United States and Canada

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Father Baraga's Books

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Father Baraga had the gift of language.  By the end of his life he spoke several languages fluently and wrote many books in these various language including Ojibwe.  On this page you can see all the books that Father Baraga wrote.  If you click on the picture of the books with the yellow highlight around it, you can even be taken to the original book itself!  

Side-by-Side Timeline

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See a side-by-side comparison of what with happening with the Ojibwe people during Father Baraga's life.  Major events were bolded for easier reference.  This comparison is good to be able to understand the importance of Father Baraga's mission work with the Ojibwe people and the amount of change they went through during just the lifetime of this one missionary.  This side by side comparison is only available by personal computer.  

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Historical Maps


See the transformations that happened in the region for the Ojibwe people.  You can see their histories from the time that they traveled from the Gulf of the St. Lawrence to Madeline Island where Father Baraga served from 1835-1843 which also happened to be the center of their cultural connections.  See how their regions changed from this time through end of Father Baraga's life in 1868. 

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