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MDI Commemoration for the Wabanaki and French Jesuits

Posted June 24, 2013, at 1:18 p.m.

Join IPM (International Partners in Mission) in a day of commemorative services on July 2 on Mount Desert Island. The day will begin with a sunrise interfaith prayer service on the summit of Mount Cadillac at 5:00 A.M., fusing aspects of traditional Wabanaki and Catholic spirituality, followed by an evening of tributary presentations at the Union Church of Northeast Harbor at 7:00 P.M.

In the year of 1613, a Jesuit missionary and trade settlement was destroyed by English colonists in a conflict over the St. Sauveur settlement and the Wabanaki people’s native land around Frenchman Bay. Keynote speaker Rev. William R. Campbell, President of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine, will be comparing the events of 1613 in North America with colonial conquest in South America nearly a century later, and will place MDI in the context of Maine’s Jesuit mission. Other speakers include members from the MDI Historical Society, Crane and Morrison Archeology, the Abbe Museum, and the Wabanaki community. Presentations will span the history of St. Sauveur and the surrounding Frenchman Bay area, and will highlight the resulting impact of colonialism on the Wabanaki people and Maine’s present-day efforts to preserve the Wabanaki culture. A reception and discussion will follow in the parish hall.

All are welcome to take part in this informative honorary event! Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Gauvin: sgauvin@ipmconnect.org or 207.801.9020.

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