Bishop Baraga Association

Bishop Baraga Association

347 Rock St. - Marquette MI 49855
(906) 227-9117 -

Executive Director: Lenora McKeen ~ Chaplain: Very Rev. Timothy Ferguson

The Bishop Baraga Association supports the cause of canonization of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga.

Association regular hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pastoral Message

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.

Novena for private devotion

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the novena

Prayer for the Cause of Sainthood

O God, thank you for the life and holiness of your servant, Frederic Baraga.

I pray you will honor him by the title of Saint. He dedicated himself completely to missionary activity to make you known, loved and served by the people who you love. As a man of peace and love, Baraga brought peace and love wherever he traveled.

Lord, grant Venerable Bishop Baraga the grace of beatification.

We ask this in Christ name. ~Amen

Update on the Cause

We are working hard on our capital campaign for the development of the Educational Center which will allow us to continue to promote the life and labor of Venerable Bishop Baraga to many people near and far.
The Educational Center will provide a place to display the many tools Bishop Baraga used in his missionary work.  We will be able to convert his writings to a digital format making them accessible to a wider audience and it will provide a venue for us to show the EWTN documentary entitled They Might Be Saints:  Bishop Frederic Baraga.  Our goal is for the Educational Center to be open by mid summer.
We are also preparing to submit a new case to the medical commission for their review.

Diocese of Marquette ~ 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851 ~ (906) 225-1141