New resting place for 1st bishop taking shape

MARQUETTE – The remains of Bishop Frederic Baraga, the Catholic Diocese of Marquette’s first bishop, will soon have a new home as construction continues on the Baraga Chapel, located off of St. Peter Cathedral in downtown Marquette.

Most recently, custom stained-glass windows depicting different times in Baraga’s life were erected inside the chapel, offering visitors a chance to learn about the bishop’s history.

The windows were designed by Conrad Schmitt Studios Inc. of New Berlin, Wis.

Plans for the chapel call for two entry points – one from inside the cathedral church, near the sacristy where the holy oils are kept, and the other from the cathedral’s courtyard, ensuring visitors to the chapel will not disturb Mass or special events.

Construction on the new chapel began in late June and is being overseen by Gundlach Champion Construction of Iron Mountain.

According to church officials, the campaign to raise $500,000 necessary for chapel construction has just $32,000 left to meet the goal.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact Terri Gadzinski, development director for the Diocese of Marquette, by calling 227-9108 or emailing her at

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is