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MRAK, Ignatius, R. C. bishop, born in PSlland, Carniola, Austria, 10 October, 1810. He finished his theological studies in 1837 and was ordained priest the same year. After spending several years in missionary labors in Carniola, he came to the United States in 1845 and was stationed at Arbre Creche, at the same time attending to the Ottawa and Chippewa Indians at Manistee, La Croix, Middleton, and Castor island. In 1855 he was transferred to Eagle Town, on Grand Traverse bay, where he established a school for the Indians, add he also attended ten other Indian mission stations. He was appointed vicar-general of the diocese of Sault Salute Marie in 1860, and on the death of Bishop Baraga was nominated for the see of Marquotte and Sault Salute Marie. He was cerise-crated by Archbishop Purcell on 7 February, 1869. AI-though his health began to fail, he continued the discharge of his duties until his infirmities compelled him to resign his see in 1878. In 1881 he was made bishop of Antime in partibus.
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