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.