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Ignatius Mrak

Born: Oct 16, 1818

Death: Jan 2, 1901

Nationality: United States

Ignatius Mrak

Date of Birth : Oct 16, 1818
Date of Death : Jan 2, 1901

Ignatius Mrak was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, in Michigan, United States. Mrak was born in the small village of Hotovlja in Upper Carniola, a province of the Duchy of Carniola, part of the Austrian Empire. He studied philosophy at Ljubljana and then studied at the diocesan seminary in the same town. On August 13, 1837 he was ordained a priest by the Bishop of Ljubljana, Anton Aloys Wolf. In 1845 Mrak moved to the United States. He first ministered in Northern Michigan with his fellow Slovenian, the Rev. Francis Xavier Pierz. In 1851 he moved to Minnesota, where he stayed until 1869, when he was appointed Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie and Marquette, succeeding Frederic Baraga. Mrak retired as bishop on April 28, 1879, at which time he was named titular bishop of Antinopolis. He remained in Marquette, where he died in 1901.

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