The Snowshoe Priest and Other Great Stories

Statue commemorating Bishop Baraga at L'Anse, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

In the long, harsh winter of 1835, Father Frederic Baraga trudged through the snow, carrying the gospel to the Ojibway tribe in northern Wisconsin and Michigan.In the region south of Lake Superior, the average snowfall is 300 inches.  Undaunted, the native Slovenian priest traveled thousands of miles on snowshoes, ministering to the region's Native American population.It was the Ojibway (Chippewa) tribe that gave Father Baraga his nickname, "the Snowshoe Priest."  But the young priest's m … [Read more...]

Fr. Hubert Schiffer and the Jesuit Priests Who Survived Hiroshima

I wish I could tell you that I'm related to Jesuit Father Hubert Schiffer.  I've asked family members, hoping someone will be able to prove that he's a second cousin twice removed....  But while we know of two priests among my husband's ancestors, Father Schiffer's name doesn't come up. I like to imagine, though, that we have some kind of special link.  Two Schiffers with a common destination. Father Schiffer's story has been on my mind lately for at least two reasons:On July 29 Theodore "Du … [Read more...]

Jonah’s Tomb Smashed by ISIS Militants

News footage has emerged, showing a member of the Islamic State terror group ISIS wearing a balaclava and black mask, smashing centuries-old tombs in Mosul--including the tomb of Jonah the Prophet.Jonah is revered by both Christians and Muslims; but Muslim law prohibits special veneration of tombs.It's reported that the tomb of the Prophet Seth was also demolished.In the same week, 50 blindfolded bodies were discovered in Baghdad, gunshot wounds to their heads. *     *     *     *   … [Read more...]


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