Ignatius Mrak

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Ignatius Mrak is buried in St. Peter Cathedral, Marquette.

Ignatius Mrak (10[1] or 16[2] October 1810 – January 2, 1901)[3] was the second Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, in Michigan, United States.[4]

Mrak was born in the small village of Hotovlja in Upper Carniola, a province of the Duchy of Carniola, part of the Austrian Empire (now in Slovenia). 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 settled in 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.[4]


  1. ^ Gilmary, John (1892). The Defenders of Our Faith. New York: Office of Catholic Publications. p. 291. 
  2. ^ Ceglar, Charles A. (1992). Baragiana. Hamilton, Ontario: Baragiana Publishing. p. 300. 
  3. ^ Savnik, Roman, ed. (1968). Krajevni leksikon Slovenij. vol. 1. Ljubljana: Državna založba Slovenije. p. 362. 
  4. ^ a b "Ignatius Mrak". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16 November 2012.