A sober, serious webpage about this shrine. A PDF brochure (but you have to look through an inadvertently-attached ski resort brochure first).

Roadside America is an irreverent site, but they give a fairly full-length account of this shrine up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It sounds pretty neat, in a 1950’s way.

It’s a non-denominational shrine, which must have been either the idea of non-Catholic fans, or the way the local Catholics got around the “no public cult before being made a venerable.” Now that he’s a Venerable, Catholics can go more all out.

They apparently used to sell huge, yummy Shrine pasties (pastai, for you Cornish speakers) which are truly worthy of being a miner’s lunch. You can’t get more medieval than that, without quoting the relevant medieval sermons on the typological significance of true meat hidden beneath pastry-bread. Alas, the pasty/gift shop ladies retired in 2005, so the status is unknown. Gift shop’s still there, though.

The annual Baraga Days, a mobile festival, will be held at Marquette this September.

Historical sites associated with Ven. Bishop Baraga.

Podcast by the Bishop of Marquette, which teaches us about what “Venerable” means, and how to pronounce “Baraga”! The bishop says that, to give access to his tomb as church law demands, they are going to build a new chapel up at their cathedral. Marquette diocese’s letter. More diocesan info links.

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