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16 October 7, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC BARAGA DAYS www.upcatholic.org Silent Directed Retreats For men and women Three Day Silent Retreat December 9 - 11, 2016 Cost $150.00 A directed retreat is designed for those who seek to listen and respond to the Lord in an environment of solitude and silence. Anyone is welcome: Catholics and those of other faith traditions. ATTENTION SNOW BIRDS! Don't forget to take The U.P. Catholic Newspaper with you when you fly off this year. Call Wendy at (906) 227-9104 or email wnegri@dioceseofmarquette.org with your winter address and the dates you want the newspaper to be forwarded. We will send it to that address without any additional charge to you or your parish family. Have a safe trip and we'll look forward to your return in the spring. BY LARRY CHABOT THE U.P. CATHOLIC I was so surprised, I couldnt believe it! That was the stunned reaction of Lore Ann Par- ent of Marquette when Bishop Baraga Associa- tion Chaplain Father Ben Paris announced her name as Woman of the Year during the annual Baraga Days celebration. The award was en- fraved with her name and featured a portrait of the venerated bishop on a handsome plaque. Association executive director Lenora McK- een praised the choice because of Parents life- long devotion to Bishop Baraga, her support of his cause for canonization, and for her almost non-stop volunteering at the association. Parent supports the cause in several ways, like writing stories and researching archives for other writers, manning tables and cleaning up after Baraga Day celebrations, and donating her art work to both the celebration and the as- sociation. She also volunteers on bulk mailing projects. She's a fine artist, said McKeen, and do- nates her drawings and note cards to the asso- ciation for sale as fund-raisers. She also cleans the new Baraga Chapel, even gives tours for visitors who stop by, and constantly supports the bishop and his cause. Parent has been instrumental in working toward a restoration of the Bishop Baraga home on South Fourth Street, and has agreed to head a restoration committee of volunteers. Although the building is structurally sound, it does need a few repairs. The plan is to restore the living quarters to replicate Baragas time period making it an education center and place of pilgrimage. A native of Marquette, Parent spent many years in Seattle, and a three-year stretch in Alaska, where we had to endure winds that would blow you down, and cold which froze all the pipes. After coming home to Marquette, she began working for six different non-profits. Parent lives in the family home, across the street from the Baraga house. That house was part of my life growing up. It was right there, across the road. I saw it all the time. Its per- fectly natural that the house is part of her life again through the restoration project. My family has something in common with Bishop Baraga, she said. He came from a privileged family, but gave it all up to come to America as a missionary. My great grandfather, Ignatius Yonkosky, came from a privileged family in Poland. He came here with only one dollar. He didnt want any privileges. And he prayed all the time, all day long. Although shes never been to Baragas home- land of Slovenia, she has met many Slovenians at Baraga Days. They're fine people, she says. It's been a pleasure getting to know them. For more information about the Baraga Association, or to support the restoration of the Baraga House, visit www.fredericbaraga.org, call (906) 227-9117 or write Bishop Baraga Association, 347 Rock St., Marquette MI 49855. JAMIE GUALDONI THE U.P. CATHOLIC Baraga Association Woman of the Year holds a framed image of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga and is joined by Father Ben Paris, association chaplain, and Lenora McKeen, executive director of the assocation. Baraga Association names Lore Ann Parent 'Woman of the Year'

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