7 / 1996
Janez Stanonik

Frederick Baraga: On the 200th anniversary of his birth

The study surveys the life and work of Frederick Baraga (1797-1868), who came to America in 1831 to work as a Catholic missionary among the Ojibway and Ottawa Indians in Upper Michigan and Minnesota, since 1859 as bishop of Sault Ste Marie and later of Marquette. His literary work in Slovene, which he pursued both before and after his departure for America, was limited exclusively to religious texts, prayer books and meditative edification. He wrote also a whole series of books in Ojibway and Ottawa languages which in their contents resemble books he had published in Slovene.