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Bishop Baraga Sculpture

  • Cathedral Square
  • 360 Division Ave S
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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Bishop Baraga brought Catholicism to Grand Rapids when Michigan’s second largest city was barely a village. Baraga is known as the "Snowshoe Priest” for his trappings across Michigan’s wilderness. He is mostly associated with missionary work in the Upper Peninsula, but his second mission in the New World was established in 1833 in a cornfield west of the Grand River near present day Saint Mary's Catholic Church.