David Jackson Kemper was a New Yorker when he answered the call to mission work in the Old Northwest, as the region by the Great Lakes was called. Well-to-do Eastern priests didn’t like the weather, wilderness and harsh conditions, but Kemper thrived there, founding my home parish and my diocese, along with hundreds of other churches and schools. He even found time to head up missions to the South and Southwest, and urged the Church to take up “Indian work.” The American Church we know today is in large part his creation.

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