St. Joseph's Mission

St. Joseph's Mission (HM184L)

Location: Niles, MI 49120 Berrien County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 46.707', W 86° 15.877'

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Here, in 1837, in the then flourishing settlement of Bertrand, a fine brick church, dedicated to St. Joseph, was built to serve the Catholics of this area. In this church, on September 8, 1844, the habit of the Sisters of the Holy Cross was given for the first time in America. Those who received the habit were Sister Mary of the Holy Cross, Sister Mary of the Nativity, and Sister Mary of Mount Carmel. The sisterhood opened a school this same year in a dwelling which still stands a thousand feet to the north. This mission in the Detroit diocese was directed by the Reverend Edward Sorin, C.S.C., founder of the University of Notre Dame. In 1911, the church was torn down. Madeline Bertrand, wife of the town's founder, is among those buried in this historic cemetery.
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HM NumberHM184L
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
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Marker Number260
Placed ByMichigan Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 6:17pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 561113 N 4625439
Decimal Degrees41.77845000, -86.26461667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 46.707', W 86° 15.877'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 46' 42.42" N, 86° 15' 52.62" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 49 Washington Ct, Niles MI 49120, US
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