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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC CONSTRUCTION December 23, 2016 9 CLOSNER CONSTRUCTION & SALES INC. 2050 Enterprise St. Marquette, MI (906) 225-1146 We proudly helped prepare the facility for the diocesan staff. Call us for your next project. We've proudly completed masonry restoration throughout the Diocese of Marquette. Call us today! Masonry Restoration Water proofing Caulking Cleaning Tuck pointing P.O. Box 146 Grawn, MI 49637 (231) 269-3192 www.northern-restoration.com ST. MARY & ST. JOSEPH PARISH - IRON MOUNTAIN Advertise your construction services through- out the year in the U.P. Catholic Newspaper to reach over 18,000 homes, parishes & schools! upc@new.rr.com - 1-866-4525-5112 Preserving of Bishop Baraga house scheduled for 2017 BY JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC Among the many construction projects underway in the diocese is one that looks to the future by preserv- ing an artifact from the past. A group of parishioners is in the initial stages of renewing the Baraga House, the final home of Venerable Bishop Frederic Baraga. It's also the place the first bishop of the diocese died on Jan. 19, 1868. Located at 615 4th Street in Marquette, the Baraga House is only opened by appointment and for special events such as when Baraga Days is celebrated in the city. Hopes are that it can be transformed into an educational and pilgrimage center, as well as place of prayer. Lore Ann Parent, named the Baraga Associations Woman of the Year for 2016, got the ball rolling by presenting her idea to the St. Peter Cathedral Altar Society. She found a core group of interested people there who have been meeting with the Baraga Associ- ation and diocesan offices to work out a plan. A four-phase project is in the works that would JOHN FEE THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Bishop Baraga House, located just up the street from St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette, will undergo some construction in the next calendar year to help preserve the history of the home. SEE RENOVATIONS ON PAGE 10

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