The Snowshoe Priest – Frederic Baraga’s Powerful Impact on Michigan

Shrine of Frederic Baraga

Bishop Frederic Baraga was the first bishop of Marquette. For 37 years he was a missionary priest among the Indians and settlers in the Upper Great Lakes.

His presence shaped the region and he is revered for his defending Native American lands during treaty land acquisition by the U.S. Government in the 1800s.