Contributed by: Westport Island History Committee Date: 1841-08-07 Location: Westport Island; Richmond Media: Ink 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.
He held meetings, preached, visited the sick, attended funerals and was constant in all duties that pertain to the pastor of a church at what is now…
… every man who advocates right and is sincere in what he preaches." View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.