Keywords: Jesuit Missionary
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Title: John Bapst, Bangor, ca. 1860
Contributed by: John Bapst Memorial High School
Date: circa 1860
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Ink and pencil on paper
Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.
Some historical events make us squirm. How do we deal with history that we sometimes wish had not happened in our communities?