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Rosary Workshop - Early American `Journey of Discovery History SERIES
 VENERABLE  FREDERIC BARAGA
first Bishop of Marquette (MI) diocese - he is on his way!


RTB.21140 - Snowshoe Priest - Bishop Baraga
RTB.21241 - Apostle of the Lakes - Bishop Baraga
RTB.21242 - Land of Baraga - Bishop Baraga
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RTBB - BISHOP BARAGA 
 We (Rosary Workshop Guild) are in the diocese of Marquette Michigan and are very proud to share the good news that as of 10 May 2012, the first Bishop of Marquette has been declared Venerable, by Pope Benedict XVI. This is the first major step in the cause for Sainthood.  Please continue to pray your personal rosary for him. Remember too, to ask him to intercede for your needs especially in matters of faith and evangelization! 
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BISHOP FREDERIC BARAGA - first bishop of Marquette
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MISSIONARY, BISHOP, GRAMMARIAN
Father Frederic Baraga Servant of God was a Slovene American. This Roman Catholic Priest was a missionary, bishop, and grammarian.   (29 June 1797 - January 19, 1868)  He ministered to the indians in the Great Lakes area of the United States. He was the first bishop of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Diocese of Marquette)  from 1853 - 1860. He spoke several languages and took on the task of translating and publishing a dictionary in the Ojibway language. 
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EARLY LIFE
Frederic Baraga was born as Friderik Irenej Baraga in the manor house at Mala Vas (Germ. Kleindorf) no. 16 near the Carniolan village of Dobrni?, in what was then the Habsburg Monarchy and is now part of the municipality of Trebnje in Slovenia
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He grew up during the Napoleonic Wars, when the Slovene Lands were changing hands between France and the Austrian Empire. The official language of instruction in his schools changed several times during his childhood between French and German, neither of which was his native tongue. In addition, Latin and Greek were required subjects for all students. Thus, by age 16, Frederic Baraga was multilingual—a skill that would serve him well in later life. (see wiki)
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MISSION TERRITORY
In 1830, he answered the request of Bishop Edward Fenwick of Cincinnati for priests to aid in ministering to his growing flock, which included a large amount of mission territory. A year later Baraga was sent to the Ottawa Indian mission at Arbre Croche (now Cross Village, Michigan) to finish his mastery of the Ottawa language, which he had begun in Cincinnati.
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'OTAWA ANAMIE MISINAIGAN'
This resulted in the publishing of "Otawa Anamie-Misinaigan", the first book written in the Ottawa language, which was a catechism and prayer book, in 1832. After a brief stay at a mission in present-day Grand Rapids, Michigan, he moved north to minister to the Ojibway (Chippewa) Indians at La Pointe, Wisconsin, an old Jesuit mission on Lake Superior, in 1835. (see wiki)
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ISAIAH 55:10 -11
Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it
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FIRST MIRACLE TO SAINTHOOD
 A tumor was found on a patient’s liver in various diagnostic tests. The patient, the patient’s family and their parish priest prayed for healing through the intercession of Bishop Baraga. Bishop Baraga’s stole was also placed on the patient’s abdomen, after which the patient’s pain ceased. An exploratory surgery by doctors found no tumor, according to the diocese.

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SNOWSHOE PRIEST   -   APOSTLE of the LAKES
LAND OF BARAGA
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~ THE SNOWSHOE PRIEST   ~
FATHER FREDERIC BARAGA  (1797-1868)
In 1843 he founded a mission at L'Anse, Michigan. During this time he earned the nickname “the Snowshoe Priest” He traveled hundreds of miles cutting trails in the snow each year on snowshoes (similar to the one below) during cold Michigan winters in areas deep in 'Lake-Effect' snows. (the average snowfall just south of Lake Superior is 300 inches per year).  He also worked to protect the Indians from being forced to relocate 
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 BISHOP BARAGA
    Statue honoring him at mission he
founded in Upper Peninsula.
(L'Anse, Michigan) 
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JOB 37:5-8
 5 God thunders forth marvels with his voice; he does great things beyond our knowing. 6 He says to the snow, “Fall to the earth”; likewise to his heavy, drenching rain. 7 He shuts up all humankind indoors, so that all people may know his work. 8 The wild beasts take to cover and remain quiet in their dens.
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INTERCESSORY PRAYER
 We encourage you to remember him in prayer, especially for his Sainthood.  Please ask Father Baraga to intercede for the needs of your loved ones and friends, especially in matters of faith and evangelization. 

WOODEN BEADS 
WITH OLD FUR TRADE BEADS
We have used old hand finished fur trade beads for the Paters on this rosary.  (Fur trade beads were used by early Jesuit Missionaries as currency with the indians for valuable beaver furs and the opportunity to evangelize) 
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These are known as 'cornerless cube vaseline beads' (Bohemian, mid to late 1800s) and are much more of a pale yellow than shown. Note natural wear as this assures us these beads are very old and worn from use. Framed with soft green faceted 'gemcuts' and antiqued metal caps to symbolize the lakes. The deep rich brown wooden Ave beads are 10 mm and are chosen because of the old snowshoes.
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CURRENCY AND TRADE

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 CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
The cross is cast from a late 18c European piece and is available without the rosary.  The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This traditional old design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design. A skull on an old crucifix is typical symbolizing "Christs victory over death" This antique cross lost its corpus many years ago but is still a rare and beautiful reminder of our faith.
WOOD OF THE SNOWSHOES, OLD FUR TRADE BEADS
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~ APOSTLE of the LAKES ~
AND THE WATERS FLOWED
BEADS AND CROSS OVER 100 YEARS OLD
AVE BEADS: are a rare and beautiful faceted translucent crystals (1800s).  PATER BEADS: The Opaque blue Pater beads in this series are called 'Vaseline Beads' (Bohemia - mid to late 1800s).  They carry the worn surface telling us of their age and use. (This is an important sign when purchasing old trade beads). Each capped with antiqued filigrees, typical of the period. 
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WORN SURFACE
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PSALMS 147:15-18
 15 He sends his command to earth; his word runs swiftly!  16 Thus he makes the snow like wool, and spreads the frost like ash; 17 He disperses hail like crumbs. Who can withstand his cold? 18 Yet when again he issues his command, it melts them; he raises his winds and the waters flow.
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EYE OF THE CAMERA: The camera picked up a 'bluer' reflection on the Ave beads that actually is seen when held in the hand. The Ave beads are actually much lighter, almost at natural white.  (see below)
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CROSS AND DESIGN
The cross used on this series below is cast from the late 18c Europe and is available without the rosary.  The cross dates over 200 years. The rosary is made all in one loop following tradition. This design also does not tangle or knot as easily as the pendant design.  For more information on rosary parts see SUPPLIES link top of page.

 

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~ LAND of BARAGA ~
STONES UNDER HIS FEET
MINED BELOW WHERE HE WALKED
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AVE BEADS: 'Kona Dolomite' (see below) PATER BEADS: Blue faceted Swarovski crystal (Austria) with antiqueed filigree caps and beads. God spoke of filigree in scripture several times, 'to be used to set the stones' into the breast piece.
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KONA DOLOMITE
 How beautiful to know these stones, now beads - called 'Kona Dolomite' rested in the earth, undisturmbed since God spoke them into creation as one of his creatures billions of years ago. Each a signature of his voice. And then to be mined.  And then we discover, this precious mystery that God knew from the beginning of time that Father Baraga would walk on this very land along with the indians he was teaching.
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SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL PATERS
(a reminder of the lake now called "Superior")
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IF THEY COULD TALK
The beads may differ but are totally dependent on the natural variations that occured when formed. Ours are all similar to what you see here. If they could talk, what would they tell us?  We would hear them praise their maker.  Ask them, then learn to do the same!
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BARAGA 
WORKED WITH THE JESUITS
(and knew well the history of the Martyrs)
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NOTE CROSSES ABOVE
(to see the traditional skull)
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 WHAT IS KONA DOLOMITE?
Kona Dolomite is a stone mined near Baraga / Ishpeming in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the Rosary Workshop is located.  According to  our Google references: "It is named after the Kona Hills south of Marquette County, Michigan where it is found. Kona Dolomite is an ancient rock in which formations of fossil stromatolite (blue-green algae) occur. The stone is between 2.1 to 2.2 billion years old. These stromatolite formations are from some of the first life on earth. These fossil formations are found in the lower eras of the Middle Precambrian Period. 
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Because of the great age, and due to the many trace minerals present, kona 
Dolomite may be found in a wide variety of shades including pink, brown, yellow, cream, red and orange with shades of brown, cream, gray and black mottling, banding and lacing. 
STONES UNDER THE FEET OF FR BARAGA
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ROSARY WORKSHOP
MISSION STATEMENT
Our vision is to provide the finest handmade rosaries, chaplets and other fine religious art forms for personal worship we can make using the best supplies available.  The Guild believes the work of our hands should give visual Glory to God, therefore for us, the best for you is very, very important.

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NEWS RELEASE FROM ROME
celebrant of the first Mass in America
PADRE JUAN PEREZ OFM (1493)
learn why the US Navy named a ship after:
PADRE 'JAKE' LABOON  SJ (1921-1988)
pray for this martyred priests sainthood
ARCHBISHOP OSCAR ROMERO (1917-1980)
learn how our SouthWest and West were settled
FRAY EUSEBIO KENO SJ (1645-1711)
FRA JUNIPERO SERRA OFM (1713-1784)
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first Mass in Maryland, English Jesuit
the seed of religious freedom act in the US 
FATHER ANDREW WHITE SJ (1579 -1656)
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NOTES ON TRADE BEADS

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