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Plan Your Pilgrimage

On this Historical Tour you get to learn more about Father Baraga, the Ojibwe Natives, missionaries prior to Father Baraga in the region and the changes that developed in the region over time.  These locations include Cathedrals, Museums, Monuments, Historical Sites and more....


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Grand Portage National Monument

Museum in Grand Portage that teaches of the Ojibwe and fur trade histories.

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Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Coordinates: 47.96630, -89.68245

Church in Grand Portage established by Father Baraga and Father Pierz.  The link brings you to the history of this church in its entirety.

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Father Baraga's Cross


Historical Marker - Father Baraga attempted to cross Lake Superior on a canoe and was miraculously saved at this location

Father Baraga's Cross
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Sandy Lake Memorial
Coordinates: 46.78738, -93.32025

Monument - A memorial was created here to remember the location where the Sandy Lake Tragedy occurred which included many of the Ojibwe that Father Baraga knew and worked with

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St. Louis County Historical Society Museum

Description: Museum - Displays both the immigrant and Ojibwe histories


St. Josephs Catholic Church


Description: Catholic Church - Originally built in 1838 with the help of Father Baraga.  This was the main location where he worked with the Ojibway people.

La Pointe Indian Cemetery
Coordinates: 46.772109, -90.782285

Historical Marker - This is where Chief Buffalo (the primary chief that Father Baraga worked with) lay.  It is also the gravesite of some of the fur traders in the region.

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Madeline Island Historical Museum


Museum - See the histories of Madeline Island where Father Baraga primarily spent his mission with the Ojibway people

Father Baraga's First Church Marker
Coordinates: 46.772148, -90.781751

Historic Marker - This is where Father Baraga built his first church at his primary mission on Madeline Island

Upper Peninsula (MI)

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Pictured Rocks


State Park - Pictured Rocks is the landscape in which the poem "Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Longfellow was written

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Astor House Indian Museum

Museum - Museum with Ojibway, settlers and shipwreck artifacts

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John Jacob Astor Shipwreck
Coordinates: 47.472333, -87.864667

Historic Site - This is where the famous fur trading boat, the John Jacob Astor, wrecked in 1844.  Father Baraga used this boat intermittantly to get from mission to mission.

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Keweenaw Bay Historical Marker
Coordinates: 46.759433, -88.499883

Historical Marker - Father Baraga and Father Rene Menard both set foot on this location.

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St. Peters Cathedral

Catholic Church - This is where Father Baraga spent his last days in this location’

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Holy Redeemer Church

Catholic Church - This is the oldest Catholic Church in the Upper Peninsula.  It is built in 1852 under the direction of Father Baraga.

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The Most Holy Name of Jesus - St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church

Catholic Church - Location where Baraga established and diocesan priests administered Holy Name of Jesus Mission

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Bishop Baraga Shrine and Giftshop
Coordinates: 46.74933, -88.47429

Monument -  This is a shrine that is dedicated to Father Baraga.  It stands at 35 feet tall.

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Holy Mary Catholic Church

Catholic Church - First Cathedral of the Diocese of Marquette and Father Baraga's first cathedral.  Only two cathedrals in the country are older.

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Father Baraga's First Church Site - 1832
Coordinates: 45.99482, -86.29306

Historical Marker & Monument - Site of Father Baraga's First Church in the Upper Peninsula, Michigan in 1832

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Bishop Baraga's House

Historic Site - Father Baraga's Home in Sault Ste Marie, MI after he became bishop. 

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St. Francis de Sales Church

Catholic Church - There are stained Glass windows with images of Father Baraga and native 'tipi' outside

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St. Ignatius Loyola Church

Catholic Church - Dedicated by Bishop Baraga in 1859

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The Baraga Educational Center

Museum - Father Baraga's house as Bishop and some of his personal belongings

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Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church
Coordinates: 46.52740, -84.15127

Catholic Church - This is a church that Father Baraga helped build in 1856.  He frequented the location in 1853.

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Museum of Ojibwa Culture & Father Marquette's Gravesite

Museum - Site of Father Jacques Marquette first mission and grave nearby in 1677.  It now serves as the museum of Ojibway Culture.

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Father Marquette National Memorial

Museum - Site of Father Jacques Marquette first mission and grave nearby in 1677.  It now serves as the museum of Ojibway Culture.


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St. Francis Solanus Mission
Coordinates: Petoskey, MI


Catholic Church: This is one of the last churches that Father Baraga blessed which is still being maintained by the Ottawa Ojibway people

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Holy Cross Catholic Church
Coordinates: 45.745140, -85.522249


The Holy Cross Catholic Church has a cross that honors where Father Baraga first landed on Beaver Island and the mission he established there.

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Saint Anne's Catholic Church
Coordinates: 45.85026, -84.61144

Catholic Church - Mackinac Island was a regular stopping place for Father Baraga during the years 1831-1832.  There is a historical Museum located in the lower level of the church.

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Cathedral of Saint Andrew

Catholic Cathedral - Father Baraga was bishop of Grand Rapids from 1853-1868.  There is a statue outside the Cathedral in honor of him and his service.

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St. Bernard Catholic Church & Historical Marker


Catholic Church - In 1861, Father Baraga founded this Catholic church

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Monument of Father Baraga
Coordinates: 42.9581, -85.665867

Monument - Father Baraga in his black robe

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Holy Cross Catholic Church
Coordinates: 42.713167, -82.4943

Catholic Church, Historical Marker - Location that Father Baraga taught

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Lowell Area Historical Museum

Museum - Town where Father Baraga built St. Ann's church which preceded the Cathedral of St. Andrews

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St. Mary Catholic Church

Catholic Church - Location where Father Baraga established his parish in 1833

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