The Snowshoe Priest – Frederic Baraga’s Missionary 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.

Ora et Labora Michigan – A Little Colony in the Wilderness – Part One

Part One- Ora Labora Story

Ora Labora known as “Christian German Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work), where it’s parishioners could combine work with prayer, and live according to the Methodist Church Discipline. Founded in 1862 on Michigan’s Wild Fowl Bay, the colony disappeared in 1867